From time to time it may be necessary to do a more detailed internal ash/debris cleanup of your kamado to ensure the airflow pathways are nice and clean. This will ensure you get to cooking temperatures quicker as well as get a cleaner burning fire.

1) Remove all the internal components: Take out the grates, firebox, fire ring, fire grate, and any other removable parts from the kamado. Be careful as you remove components to ensure all parts stay intact during removal.

2) Clean the firebox and firegrate holes: Make sure the holes on the side walls of the firebox are cleared out. Also, ensure there is no debris trapped in your ceramic grate or metal grate at the bottom of the firebox.

3) Clean out the interior: Use a soft-bristled brush to scrub the interior walls and ceiling of the kamado. Pay special attention to any crevices or hard-to-reach areas. Use a vacuum or dustpan and brush to clean any loose ash or debris that has accumulated in the bottom of the kamado. Pay close attention to the top of your fire ring as this is where your cooking grill sits. Ensure you give it a good scrub with a brush.

4) Wash the grates: Soak the grates in hot, soapy water for 30 minutes, then use a grill brush to scrub away any grime or debris. Rinse the grates thoroughly with water and dry them with a towel.

5) Wipe down the exterior: Wipe down the exterior of the kamado with a damp cloth or sponge to remove any dirt, grease, or grime. If there are any stubborn stains, use a non-abrasive cleaner.

6) Reassemble the kamado: Once everything is cleaned and dry, reassemble the kamado, making sure all the parts are securely in place.

7) Inspect for any damage: As you clean your kamado, inspect it for any signs of damage, such as cracks or chips. If you notice any damage, it’s essential to address it before it gets any worse by continual use. 

By following these steps, you can ensure that your kamado is clean, safe, and ready for use when grilling season rolls around.