View Full Version : Kamados the Original Claypot cookers

03-20-2008, 10:16 PM
I've had a Japanese Imperial Kamado for about 15 years now. I found it at a garage sale for $15, the slide draft door was rusted out and for years I used it for a grill. I was at a comp in Seattle a few years back and I saw a guy cooking on a Big Green Egg. I didn't know it at the time but it was Ray Lampe Dr.BBQ! I told him about mine and he took the time to show me how to control the fire and hipped me to the BGE site. I was stoked! I got inspired to refurbish mine with BGE parts and get smokin'! http://imperialkamado.com/i_japaneseKamadoHibachi.htm







The Old and the New! Imperial Kamado Modern Style Large on the left and the Large Big Green Egg on the right.


Since finishing the IK, I've refurbished a few other Chinese clay Kamados and have another restoration coming soon!

It turned out that the comp I attended that DrBBQ helped me get into this hobby, he was cooking with Chris Lilly and Jim Minion that day! I wish I knew at the time!

03-20-2008, 10:51 PM
$15.00..what a deal...id love to find a BGE for that price no matter what was wrong with it..great find:thumbs up:

03-21-2008, 06:12 AM
I hear about those great deals. NEVER seen one. :shrug:

Gotta be in the right place at the right time with the money in your pocket.

Maybe the Easter Bunny will leave me a BGE! NOT!

TX Sandman
03-21-2008, 10:58 AM
:wow: What a steal! Congrats on meeting Mr Lampe, and congrats on getting that IK in shape. Those 2 cookers together are an impressive sight.