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So am I the only one who kinda wraps his deflector plates on foil to help keep them clean when cooking? Well I wouldn't say wrap but I put foil on top of the deflector plates. For those who don't what do you use to keep them clean?

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I've only used heat deflectors once and didn't cover them, as i had read that flipping them over between cooks keeps them clean.

I don't subscribe to this and personally, I will foil them to keep them clean as much as I can!

 

FWIW, I also wash the griddle clean and pull the KJ apart to clean thoroughly/vacuum ashes/etc. after every use..

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No need to keep deflectors clean; the fire does it for you. Just install them so the dirty side's down, and keep the volume of drippings to a reasonable level. Drip pans are still your friend, and I consider them mandatory for anything really fatty (eg. packer brisket). Foil isn't robust enough to survive; the fire will "clean" the foil off the deflectors, too. 

 

Kamados are self cleaning if you respect them. 

 

Frank

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The Kamado is self cleaning, if you run it hot enough.  I would rather not constantly burn off my heat deflectors, (it does work). 

 

Whichever way way you do it, having a cleaner how makes food taste better.  Don’t let things get rancid. 

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I use a drip pan on the accessory rack just under the grate at top position for cooks that I know are going to have quite a bit of grease dripping (pork butts, load of chicken thighs.....).  I use a 14 in deep dish pizza pan, and wrap in foil so I don't really have to clean.  

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On 10/25/2018 at 11:22 PM, allitnils said:

I've only used heat deflectors once and didn't cover them, as i had read that flipping them over between cooks keeps them clean.

I don't subscribe to this and personally, I will foil them to keep them clean as much as I can!

 

FWIW, I also wash the griddle clean and pull the KJ apart to clean thoroughly/vacuum ashes/etc. after every use..

well that is not excessive at all 

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I don't wrap my deflectors but I could see where someone would cover them with something like a pizza pan if they really were hung up on keeping them clean :-D

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11 hours ago, bbqboss84601 said:

I have never wrapped my deflectors and have never had an issue. I give them a little scrape when I am done cooking and flip the next cook. 

 

I also don't wrap my deflectors. While I don't flip them every cook, I will flip them when they are looking particularly dirty on top. I also rotate my deflectors. Most of my cooks are done with only one deflector in.

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I just just a cheap pizza pan what I wrap in foil.   When the cook is over the next day I take out pan and toss the foil.  Everything stays clean, which I like, but as many have stated it’s not a mush to wrap or keep them clean....only if you have CDO like I do.  I do not like the letters out of order in ocd.   Just saying 

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