Once your Kamado arrives at your door, there are some things that you need to do before you start using it. First, you will want to make sure that you clean both the inside and outside of the Kamado BBQ. This is a very important step because if you don’t clean them properly then they can be hard to keep in good working condition.
Preparation before using
The first thing that you should do is remove all parts from the box that came with your grill.
- Place them on your workbench or table so that you can get everything out of the package.
- After removing all of the parts, turn off the power source and gently lift up the lid.
- Next, wipe down the insides of the lid and the bottom of the cooking chamber with a damp paper towel.
- You also want to use hot water instead of cold whenever possible. If it is too cold, when you open the lid it could freeze the lid or the heating elements. Even worse, this could cause the heaters to shut off or not light up completely.
- Now, you have cleaned the entire unit. Take a soft cloth and wipe down the front of the cooking chamber where food gets placed. You can also lightly spray the inside of the lid with cooking oil to help prevent sticking.
Finally, now it is time to assemble the Kamado. You will need a Phillips head screwdriver to put together your Kamado by making sure that you tighten each piece until it is securely attached. It may take a few minutes to fully assemble the Kamado but once you finish this, you will feel like you just built something really cool.
When assembling your Kamado Club BBQ, make sure that you have the firebox facing you. After putting all of the pieces together, connect the tubing to the fuel filter, then insert the fuel hose into the top of the firebox. Attach the ignitor switch and the gas valve to the side of the firebox. Connect the air intake hose to the bottom of the firebox. Lastly, attach the exhaust hose to the back of the firebox. That is pretty much it!
Make sure that you have closed the hood after attaching the exhaust hose so that no oxygen enters the firebox. Also, make sure that you check the temperature gauge every hour while you cook with your Kamado. This way, if your unit doesn’t seem to be heating up as fast as you thought it would when you assembled it, you will know right away. Before we go any further, let us discuss what kind of charcoal you should buy for your Kamado. We suggest purchasing briquettes rather than lump charcoal since the former burns better over the long haul. However, if you live in an area where you cannot find briquettes easily, you can always purchase lump charcoal instead. Another great tip is to never fill the firebox more than half full with charcoal. This will result in having to refill it more often since you won’t be able to see how much charcoal is left inside. Some people say that you should actually wait until the firebox is empty before filling it with charcoal. This will help to ensure that you don’t end up running out of charcoal if you accidentally leave the lid open.