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Your kamado bbq in top condition! 5 Tips for cleaning your bbq

To keep your kamado bbq in top condition, you need to clean your bbq. So where there is eating and cooking, there is also cleaning and tidying up. Maybe not the most fun job, but it is really important to briefly clean your bbq after every BBQ session. Taking good care of your barbecue will make it last longer and keep it working consistently and efficiently. So take the time to look after your Grill Guru, it will be rewarded with years of grilling fun!

The weather can affect your barbecue, so adjust your maintenance routines based on the seasons. In winter, for example, it is essential to take extra measures against frost, rain and snow. A rain cover is then your best friend. Give the inside of your barbecue a thorough cleaning and store your barbecue in a dry, sheltered place. And in summer, when your kamado is working almost overtime, it is important to check everything and clean your ventilation grid to ensure your Grill Guru performs optimally!

To keep your kamado bbq in top condition, we have listed 5 tips for cleaning your bbq, both on the outside and on the inside.

Tip 1: Cleaning the bbq after use

As a true Guru fan, you know better than anyone else how important it is to clean your bbq properly after use. Not only does a clean bbq ensure better performance, but it also extends the life of your beloved barbecue. But what is the best way to clean your bbq?

Removing ash from the kamado bbq

After your barbecue has cooled down, it is important to remove the ashes from the kamado bbq. Use an ash poke to remove the ashes from the ash pan. This not only promotes airflow, but also prevents unpleasant odours during grilling.

After 3 or 4 uses, we recommend removing all coals from the barbecue and cleaning the entire kamado. For this, use a soft brush and avoid water! This is because the ceramic can absorb water, which can lead to damage during the next use.

Burning your Grill Guru clean

Burning the inside of your Grill Guru clean requires special attention. It is important to know that you should never use water to clean the inside! This is because the ceramic can absorb water, which can lead to damage the next time you turn on your barbecue.

Has your barbecue become really dirty and greasy? Then you can choose to burn it thoroughly clean. Follow these steps:

  1. Fill the Grill Guru up to the edge of the fire ring with charcoal and light your barbecue.
  2. Let the temperature rise to 180 degrees Celsius and place the plate setter and grill rack.
  3. If necessary, also place your grill riser(elevator).
  4. Keep all vents open and let the temperature rise to a maximum of 250 degrees Celsius (note that your dome thermometer may differ from the temperature at grill level, this is often between 10-20°C).
  5. Let your Grill Guru burn completely clean for about 30 minutes.
  6. Now close all vents and let your Grill Guru cool down before removing and brushing off all the ash to clean it completely again.

Cleaning the outside of your barbecue

After a delicious barbecue session, it is important to clean the outside of your barbecue. This will prevent grease and food residues from accumulating and being more difficult to remove. Make sure your barbecue is as good as cooled down. Then start cleaning the outside of your kamado bbq, the base and side tables. Use water and a mild detergent to wipe away dirt and grease residues. Avoid harsh chemicals, abrasive materials or pressure washers, as these can damage the material.

Tip 2: Clean your kamado bbq with the right cleaning materials

Not all cleaning materials are suitable for your kamado. Avoid harsh chemicals that can damage the finish. Instead, choose mild soap, warm water, soft brush and a cloth to clean the outside of your kamado bbq. Using a cloth will make the surface clean and shiny without the risk of damage.

Tip 3: Cleaning your bbq grill: This is how to do it!

Keeping your bbq grill clean is important for the tastiest meals and to make your barbecue last as long as possible. Our golden tip: clean the grid immediately after use, while it is still hot. This makes it easier to remove grease and food residues, without leaving any unpleasant flavours or odours. Use a bbq brush to remove food residues and grease. For stubborn dirt, soak the grid in a mix of warm water and dishwashing detergent. Rinse the grill well with water and dry thoroughly. Finally, apply a thin layer of cooking oil to prevent rust and reduce stickiness during subsequent use.

Tip 4: Maintaining hinges and closing your kamado bbq perfectly

Closing your kamado bbq perfectly is crucial for maintaining heat and achieving optimal cooking temperatures. Check regularly whether the felt is still in good condition. Do you notice, for example, that your barbecue is struggling to maintain temperature or that smoke is escaping from places where it shouldn’t be? If so, this could be a sign that the felt is no longer sealing properly. If so, replace the felt.

A properly functioning hinge allows the lid to move smoothly and evenly. If you notice that the lid falters, jerks, or does not move evenly, the hinges may be worn or not adjusted correctly. In this case, replace the hinges. If necessary, lubricate hinges and moving parts with manufacturer-recommended lubricants. This will keep your kamado bbq running smoothly and ready to go!

Tip 5: Storage of the Grill Guru: Extend the lifespan of your Grill Guru

To extend the life of your Grill Guru, it deserves proper storage. Properly storing your barbecue is essential to maintaining its performance and longevity. Nothing is more annoying than a neglected barbecue affected by corrosion or mould growth. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can follow to ensure that your barbecue always stays in top condition.

Put your Grill Guru in a dry place

Preferably put your Grill Guru inside in a dry place when not using it for a long period of time. Moisture can lead to rust and damage sensitive components such as the ceramics. Therefore, avoid exposure to humid environments. A dry shed, covered patio or storage area are ideal options to protect your Grill Guru from moisture.

Cover your kamado with a rain cover

To protect your kamado from rain, sun, snow and wind, it is wise to invest in a rain cover specifically designed for your model. A good rain cover is breathable to prevent condensation. The rain cover should be equipped with reliable fasteners such as straps, Velcro or an elastic border for secure placement. The material is completely waterproof to keep moisture out and provides UV protection to prevent discolouration and material deterioration.

Ensure adequate ventilation

If you plan not to cook with your kamado for an extended period of time, you can minimise mould growth by removing unused charcoal from the barbecue. This is because charcoal attracts moisture and can thus contribute to moisture build-up in your grill. By removing the charcoal, you will prevent moisture from building up in the grill and thus prevent mould growth.

Good ventilation is important, even during storage. Avoid enclosed areas where moisture can build up, as this can cause unpleasant odours and mould. Make sure both sliders are open if you don’t use your Grill Guru for a long time, so fresh air can circulate.


Properly maintaining your kamado bbq is essential for both the longevity and performance of your Grill Guru. By carefully following these 5 tips, you will ensure that your barbecue is always ready for a delicious cooking session, regardless of the season. Remember, regular cleaning, proper maintenance and proper storage are the keys to a long-lasting and efficient barbecue experience. Protect your investment and enjoy the many benefits of grilling with a kamado bbq that is in top condition.

Don’t let cleaning and maintaining your Grill Guru become an afterthought; make it an integral part of your barbecue ritual. This will ensure years of grilling fun and the tastiest dishes, time after time. Grill Guru stands for quality and durability, if properly cared for. So, fire up that barbecue, enjoy grilling and know that with the right care and attention, you can go on cooking for many seasons to come!

Common Problems and Solutions

If you do experience problems such as temperature anomalies, smoke leakage or difficulty opening and closing the lid, refer to the specific troubleshooting steps in the Grill Guru manual. Often, minor adjustments and regular maintenance can resolve these issues. For more information, you can also visit our website: https://help.grillguru.nl/nl/14892-onderhoud-schoonmaken.

Frequently asked questions about cleaning your Grill Guru

How often should I clean my Grill Guru?

It is recommended to clean your Grill Guru daily after each cooking session. Clean the Grill Guru thoroughly when you have used it 3-4 times or your charcoal runs out.

Can I use aggressive cleaning agents?

The use of aggressive cleaning agents is not recommended as they can damage the finish of the Grill Guru. Choose mild cleaning agents.

How can I check the felt of my kamado bbq?

Check regularly that the felt of your kamado is in good condition by visual inspection. Replace worn felt if necessary.

Should I cover my kamado when I am not using it?

Yes, it is highly recommended to use a rain cover to protect your kamado from weather conditions when not in use.

What should I do if my barbecue has problems heating up?

Refer to your barbecue manual for specific troubleshooting steps. Check the air supply and make sure the kamado is assembled correctly.

How can I prevent rust on my Grill Guru?

Rust forms when metal comes into contact with moisture and oxygen, so it is important to keep your barbecue as dry and clean as possible. If your barbecue is outside, protect it with a protective cover. Keep your kamado clean and remove food residues. Check your barbecue regularly for signs of rust and treat the spots immediately.

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