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Old 03-07-2013, 05:38 PM   #1
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Building a new grill island

Hello all... new to this forum, but I've always found useful information from sources such as this.

I'm looking to tear down my old grill island and start over from scratch. I found a superb deal on a Kokomo 4 burner drop-in, with back burner and rotisserie kit. The model # is KO-BAK4BG.

Does anyone have any experience with this manufacturer?

I've seen the unit up close and it appears to be the real deal... commercial grade Stainless Steel (non-magnetic), Infrared back burner, piezo-electric ignition, 750 sq-in cooking surface... very well built.

Opinions???
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:57 PM   #2
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Well I got an opinyawn..lol. I like it. Wished I had one..lol. Bet it will work fine. Do it got a good warranty? Have you read some impartial reviews on google and stuff like that? I like to read all those if they have some for it. See if anybody got a used one for sale on ebay or Craigs etc. See Weber and Vermont Castings getting rave reviews on gassers but not sure how they do on Islands. Keep us posted.
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Welcome! most of us around here dont cook on anything that fancy. That's pretty nice. I know you can go wrong with Weber.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:57 PM   #4
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Sounds interesting, BUT...where are you going to get parts when you need one? You will need a part or two, sooner or later.

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Old 03-17-2013, 05:39 PM   #5
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Started demo today

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Sounds interesting, BUT...where are you going to get parts when you need one? You will need a part or two, sooner or later.

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Well Bob,

To begin with, I'm purchasing the grill directly from the distributor... who also "makes" the islands for those without the know-how, skills, tools and most importantly; time!

Secondly, this particular distributer has been in business for more than 10 years, having survived the economic downturn that drove so many others out of the "grill island" business. Warranty service and parts are available locally. Here's their warranty info:

Warranty: Kokomo Grills have a Lifetime Limited Warranty on Grill housing and hood against defects in manufacturing and workmanship.
10 Year Limited Warranty on Stainless Steel Burners and Grates.
2 Year Limited Warranty on all other Kokomo Grill parts.


Kokomo does sell directly to the public, however, a large percentage of their business is through stores similar to BBQs Galore and such... and mostly on the ritzy side of town.

Finally, the grill itself is a 32" drop-in, with the exact, same dimensions as several of the other grills I was considering. Worst case scenario, I can always drop in a replacement somewhere down the road... although that's highly unlikely.

BUT, thank you for your concern. Demo of the old island has begun. Just in time for the large item trash pickup this coming Friday.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:16 PM   #6
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Wow..I might take two. I did not know they was that good.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:46 PM   #7
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Demo of the old island is done. The new grill & searing burner are unpacked and in the garage, as are all the doors & drawers.

The new plan is on paper and the materials list is going out for bids tomorrow morning. I'd like to have the order in & delivered by next Monday so I can get started.

Fortunately, I'm off work by 9:00am every day, so I have the majority of the day to work on the project. I plan to take pictures along the way, but I think I'm going to hold off on posting them until the whole thing is finished.

I'm so anxious to fire up the new grill... I opted for a 5-burner instead of the 4-burner; they're still on back order for a couple more weeks & I just can't wait that long to grill a fat, juicy steak!!!
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Azappraiser it is not against Forum policy to post pictures as you go, I'm betting many of us would like to watch the progress.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:57 PM   #9
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Here here Sir..would love to see some pics of the new man kitchen. Who knows..some of us might grow up to be rich yups and able to afford something like that..one of these days too? Wold be helpful get a feel for the opulence..lol. Yall break me up.
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Azappraiser it is not against Forum policy to post pictures as you go, I'm betting many of us would like to watch the progress.
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Here here Sir..would love to see some pics of the new man kitchen. Who knows..some of us might grow up to be rich yups and able to afford something like that..one of these days too? Wold be helpful get a feel for the opulence..lol. Yall break me up.
I plan to take pictures along the way and will try to post some as I go through the build process. Materials are being delivered tomorrow, so I'll be getting started sooner than expected.

Today is the final cleanup day... prepping the site for the "new" island and organizing the garage for both materials storage and work space. I can't cut the steel in the back yard; too many sharp pieces that the dogs could step on, so I have to build in stages and assemble on-site.

Gonna be a big sucker... it has to be in order to house a 5-burner grill, stand alone searing burner, smoker, charcoal grill, fridge and the bar/eating area. Stay tuned...
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