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How to Clean and Maintain your Ceramic Kamado

John Setzler

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Very helpful video, John.  Any advice regarding cleaning/degreasing the top vent?

You don't any to remove all the grease since some grease will prevent the top vent from rusting. I wipe down my top vent and dome with blue shop towel once every couple of weeks to prevent excess grease residue and shop vac it to get any lint from the shop towel off. During the winter I also hit that ceramic Chimney with a shop towel to prevent excess build up in the top vent area. Grease tends to freeze in the chimney during cold winter days. Not an issue if you live in a wammer climate.

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John why isn't the inside of your KJ black from use?

I'm guessing John may have taken his Big Joe past 800 F a few times. Every time I blast the Joe at 900 F plus is clears out the grease off the dome pretty quick. Your dome will never be bright orange again but it will turn a nice shade of grey.

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This may be a very stupid question, but why do I have to do it? I totally understand checking the bolts and screws to make sure they are tight, but do I really need to do this cleaning? Especially twice a year? Why?


What's the advantage, aside from having your kamado clean and shiny? 


You don't have to do this if you don't want to.  What will happen over time is a buildup of crud between the base and the firebox.  I have seen photos of ceramic kamados where the firebox was stuck inside the base from all this buildup.  I guess it depends on how you use your stuff.  

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