Notices
Like Tree2Likes

Cleaning Komado (BGE) Grill

Reply

Old 06-06-2018, 05:47 AM
  #1  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Hanahan, SC
Posts: 7,240
Default Cleaning Komado (BGE) Grill

How often do y'all clean yours out (do you?)? Mine is pretty gunky looking as I've never cleaned it in the 4 or so years I've owned it. Thinking I need to take everything out and clean. I have knocked a good bit of stuff off the inside of dome, but need to get it all. Problem is, I never think about it until I go to grill something and it's too late by then.
schoolsout1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2018, 07:35 AM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 1,055
Default

I don't really clean mine all that often....

But I'm not sure what type of gunk you are talking about.

When I do clean it, I pull the grates and fire ring out and use the shop vac to clear everything out. If there is a lot of gunk around, I'll use a wire brush to knock most of it down.

I'm not really interested in keeping it super clean - just enough to keep anything from falling in the food

If you're talking mold, that's a different matter. Mine got suuuuuuuper moldy once, but I fired it up and let it blow through a load of lump at high temp and then gave everything a good scraping.
Shallowmindedinnc likes this.
MattGoose is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2018, 08:49 AM
  #3  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Hanahan, SC
Posts: 7,240
Default

Not mold? But greasy smoke remnants, I’m guessing. The stuff on dome flakes right off, but the inner fire rings or whatever are covered in a tarry like grill goo, if that makes sense.
schoolsout1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2018, 08:53 AM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 1,055
Default

Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
Not mold? But greasy smoke remnants, Iím guessing. The stuff on dome flakes right off, but the inner fire rings or whatever are covered in a tarry like grill goo, if that makes sense.
I'd worry more about the flaking stuff on the dome than the fire box. Should scrape right off with a wire brush, and a lot of time I use a narrow metal scraper to get the worst off.

Unless you've got funky flavors showing up, I wouldn't worry about it!
MattGoose is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2018, 12:30 PM
  #5  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Hanahan, SC
Posts: 7,240
Default

No funky flavors, just looks like the bottom of a well used smoker all over the bottom part. I just need to remember to scrape the flaky stuff off the dome (most is off already and comes off easily).
schoolsout1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2018, 12:35 PM
  #6  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location:
Posts: 406
Default

Fired it op to 700* for a while and let it all burn off.
Rockchalk is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2018, 02:51 PM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,740
Default

I usually do this about once or twice per year.

UT_VOLS13 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2018, 07:54 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Jupiter fl
Posts: 438
Default

I use a ball of aluminum foil to get that crap off. Even high temp leaves some.
Mjv2744 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2018, 07:18 AM
  #9  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: SC
Posts: 7,514
Default

Burn it super hot to take care of any gooey stuff, then just use a ball shaped brush to knock off the loose stuff and call it a day. Grates can go in the self cleaning oven if they will fit. If you don't have one already, get a Kick Ash Basket, and toss the coal grate in the bottom of the fire box in the trash. Entire basket pulls out along with the remaining coals, and let you keep all the air holes completely free without having to manually scoop out all of the coals. Also lets it breath better, and avoids clogs in humid weather.
autobaun70 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2018, 07:22 AM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 236
Default

Every now and then after a cook I open all the vents and let the charcoal burn off at a very high temp. Afterwards all I do is brush off and clean out the ash and other residue.
glc203 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2018, 07:04 AM
  #11  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Spring Hill, FL
Posts: 7,629
Default

I guess it depends on how often and how hot you use it, but a full disassemble clean out is when I replace gaskets. Otherwise it is a brush off and scape out cleaning. The upper dome flakes right off like chips of paint.
TheRealMacGyver is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2018, 08:50 AM
  #12  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Hanahan, SC
Posts: 7,240
Default

I'm getting close to needing a new gasket so may wait until then to really clean it out. Will look into kickash basket, too.
schoolsout1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2018, 02:43 PM
  #13  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,740
Default

Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Burn it super hot to take care of any gooey stuff, then just use a ball shaped brush to knock off the loose stuff and call it a day. Grates can go in the self cleaning oven if they will fit. If you don't have one already, get a Kick Ash Basket, and toss the coal grate in the bottom of the fire box in the trash. Entire basket pulls out along with the remaining coals, and let you keep all the air holes completely free without having to manually scoop out all of the coals. Also lets it breath better, and avoids clogs in humid weather.
Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
I'm getting close to needing a new gasket so may wait until then to really clean it out. Will look into kickash basket, too.
The Kick Ash Basket is a must have. IMO
UT_VOLS13 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 07:46 AM
  #14  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 1,055
Default

Originally Posted by UT_VOLS13 View Post
The Kick Ash Basket is a must have. IMO
I've been waffling on one for a long time, they really worth it? They sure aren't cheap!
MattGoose is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 08:17 AM
  #15  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 236
Default

Originally Posted by MattGoose View Post
I've been waffling on one for a long time, they really worth it? They sure aren't cheap!
Not in my opinion. A simple ash grate does the same job at a fraction of the price.
glc203 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 08:37 AM
  #16  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: SC
Posts: 7,514
Default

Originally Posted by MattGoose View Post
I've been waffling on one for a long time, they really worth it? They sure aren't cheap!
Originally Posted by glc203 View Post
Not in my opinion. A simple ash grate does the same job at a fraction of the price.
I think the biggest factor is how frequently you use your grill, and how humid it is. If you are one that uses it 2-3 times weekly without fail, the benifits are less. Especially true in humid environments. Also allows you to clean the side air holes without manually scooping out the remaining lump or shoveling it all around. Just pick up the basket, and everything left is ash, and super easy to clean out.

In terms of price, itís the cost of convenience. Compared to stirring around the coals to get the the ash to the bottom, you just pick it up, and give it a tap or two. What used to take 5 minutes, or longer when the whole thing had to be completely scooped out now takes about 30 seconds.
autobaun70 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 09:50 AM
  #17  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,740
Default

Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post




I think the biggest factor is how frequently you use your grill, and how humid it is. If you are one that uses it 2-3 times weekly without fail, the benifits are less. Especially true in humid environments. Also allows you to clean the side air holes without manually scooping out the remaining lump or shoveling it all around. Just pick up the basket, and everything left is ash, and super easy to clean out.

In terms of price, itís the cost of convenience. Compared to stirring around the coals to get the the ash to the bottom, you just pick it up, and give it a tap or two. What used to take 5 minutes, or longer when the whole thing had to be completely scooped out now takes about 30 seconds.
X2 I also feel I get better air flow when using my temperature control device.
UT_VOLS13 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 10:53 AM
  #18  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 1,055
Default

Originally Posted by glc203 View Post
Not in my opinion. A simple ash grate does the same job at a fraction of the price.
Do you know what a kick ash basket is? There is a real question as to whether or not it is worth $100, but there is no question that it absolutely works different than an ash grate. I have one of those, and it does nothing to help separate ash from good lump.
MattGoose is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 10:55 AM
  #19  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 1,055
Default

Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post




I think the biggest factor is how frequently you use your grill, and how humid it is. If you are one that uses it 2-3 times weekly without fail, the benifits are less. Especially true in humid environments. Also allows you to clean the side air holes without manually scooping out the remaining lump or shoveling it all around. Just pick up the basket, and everything left is ash, and super easy to clean out.

In terms of price, itís the cost of convenience. Compared to stirring around the coals to get the the ash to the bottom, you just pick it up, and give it a tap or two. What used to take 5 minutes, or longer when the whole thing had to be completely scooped out now takes about 30 seconds.
Originally Posted by UT_VOLS13 View Post
X2 I also feel I get better air flow when using my temperature control device.
I think I'm going to have to put one on my list and keep an eye out for a sale.

You guys still keep the grate in place?
MattGoose is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 11:06 AM
  #20  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: SC
Posts: 7,514
Default

Originally Posted by MattGoose View Post
I think I'm going to have to put one on my list and keep an eye out for a sale.

You guys still keep the grate in place?
Tossed it. It was 10 years old at the time, and all but rotten.

I picked one up at a local farm and garden center, and it was under $50. I have a shop full of fabrication ability, and could not produce one for that, just factoring labor alone.

Edit to add. Looking at KAB's website, most are stainless. The one I got is mild steel, and works fine. Not sure if they are still available.
autobaun70 is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: