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Getting Your Ash KKicked

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  • Pequod
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    • Apr 2016
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    • Crozet, VA
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    Getting Your Ash KKicked

    Best practice is to clean the ash out of your grill after every cook, am I right? This is especially true of kamados, lest you suffer the inevitable extinguished fire when you do a low and slow. Low air flow + ash = dead fire. So it is written.

    Today it occurred to me that I hadn’t cleaned the ash in my KK’s in months. Here’s my ash vac after cleaning:

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    Surely my KKooking has suffered from so much ash, no? Can’t say that it has. Unlike most kamados, all of the ash in a KK falls to the bottom, well below the charcoal basket. And all of the airflow is forced through the basket, feeding the flame zone. When I first bought my KK23, I cleaned the ash after every cook, because that’s what I had to do with my old Kamado Joe, or suffer the consequences. Now...I get to it every once in awhile. Have I ever suffered an extinguished fire? Nope. Never.
  • Pequod
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    • Apr 2016
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    • Crozet, VA
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    There is a thread at the KK forum in which a KK owner did a test to see how many cooks he could do without cleaning out the ash before experiencing temperature problems. He did 20 cooks before he gave up. I think I did even more over the last several months.

    https://komodokamadoforum.com/topic/...ir-experiment/

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    • FireMan
      Charter Member
      • Jul 2015
      • 8518
      • Bottom of Winnebago

      #3
      Nice ash! 🕶

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      • Pequod
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        Not the first time I’ve heard that. Just sayin’.

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