The first time barbecuing
The Bastard is a kamado grill of high-quality cordierite ceramic. The ceramic has to become accustomed to high temperatures. We recommend that you do not exceed 275 degrees with your Bastard for the first three times. This will allow the ceramic to get accustomed. After that, you can go crazy with your Bastard!
The Bastard is a ceramic barbecue which are always powered by charcoal and never by traditional briquettes. However, coconut briquettes are extremely suitable for The Bastard. Use good quality charcoal with large pieces, so that The Bastard gets adequate air. Fill it to the first ring and no further
Preferably light the charcoal with a lighter, such as the ‘1 Minute Lighter’. You can also use firelighters, but only if they are made of natural material. Never use chemical firelighters or methylated spirit!

Maintenance of The Bastard
Regularly remove the ash at the bottom of your Bastard using the poker. Clean the barbecue completely after every four uses by removing the inside rings and wiping it completely clean with a dustpan and brush.
Please note: When cleaning, hold The Bastard firmly and do not allow the lid to be open. The lack of counter weight can cause it to topple over!

In principle, The Bastard can remain outside the entire year. Do you want to keep The Bastard in top condition? Cover it with a rain cover specifically made for The Bastard (click here). It is best to place small Bastard models inside.
The felt gasket which serves as a seal between the ceramic lid and the base (dome) should be replaced after around 40 uses. The Bastard can be damaged by replacing this too late.
If you have not used The Bastard for some time, we recommend the following:
Clean it well, remove food remains, open the air vents and remove the cast-iron top vent slide. This allows The Bastard to optimally breathe.
Mold formation on the inside of The Bastard is no problem! This can easily be fixed by emptying The Bastard and heating to a high temperature once – problem solved.
Spray the metal parts with WD40, for example, so that these are better equipped against rain and frost.
Grease the cast-iron top vent slide with vegetable oil before you light again. This prevents rust formation. Repeat this every few months and before winter.

Maintenance of cast-iron accessories
Cast-iron pans and grills often give more taste to your dish and when you have used it you will never want to go back.
Cast-iron cooking utensils require good maintenance, but then they will last a lifetime.

Clean immediately
Wash with hot water while the cast-iron grill or pan is still hot. Use of soap or dish washer is not recommended.
Use coarse sea salt to remove stubborn residue without damaging the season layer. Use kitchen paper or a brush to rub the surface with salt. You can also boil water in a pan to dissolve extremely stubborn issues. You can soak the grill in boiling water in combination with brushing.

Dry quickly
Dry the pan or grill well immediately after cleaning. Then rub the inside of the pan and grill with vegetable oil using kitchen paper. Then store the cast-iron items in a cool and dry place.

Season layer
For cast-iron cooking utensils, the bright season layer is the polymerization of grease on the inside of the pan or on the grill. It works as a type of non-stick layer and prevents rust. Maintain the season layer well and the cast-iron will last a lifetime.

Remove rust
Still have rust? Rub the grill or the pan clean with a steel wool abrasive sponge. Then apply a new season layer:

  • Wash thoroughly with warm water and a little soap as an exception. Then dry well.
  • Rub with vegetable oil using kitchen paper to grease everything. Wipe with clean kitchen paper to remove excess oil.
  • Heat your Bastard to 125 degrees and heat the grill or pan for approximately one hour.