First 3 times of heating

Our advice is that the first 3 times before using your kamado, do not fire it higher than 200 degrees, to avoid damage to the ceramics. This takes some patience and control. How do you do that? We are happy to explain it to you!


1st time use:

  • Fill the coal basket / firebox halfway with coals. Do you have a coal basket with a partition? Then remove it.
  • Light the coals in 1 spot in the middle of the coals. Do not light them in several places at once, as the temperature will rise too quickly. You can use the one minute lighter to light the coals.
  • Bring the temperature slowly to 100 to 120 degrees. Tip: also use the plate setter. This ensures that the temperature rises more slowly, moreover, the cooling of your kamado will take longer. At this step, open the air slider in your base all the way and the top cap just a tiny crack. 
  • Has your kamado reached 100 degrees? Then close the air slide in the base until it is only a quarter open. 
  • Try to hold this temperature for 2 hours. Is the temperature too low? Then slide the air slide open a little further. If the temperature is rising, close the slide more.
  • After 2 hours you can put the kamado into use and open the air slide further so that the temperature rises to 200 degrees.

2nd time use:

  • Fill the coal basket / firebox three quarters full of coals. 
  • Light the coals at 1 spot in the middle of the coals.
  • Bring the temperature slowly to 150 degrees. Open the air slide in your base all the way and the top cap open just a crack.
  • Has your kamado reached 150 degrees? Then close the air slide in the base until it is only a quarter open. 
  • Try to hold this temperature for 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours you can put the kamado into use and open the air slide further so that the temperature rises further to 200 degrees.

3rd time use:

When using your kamado for the 3rd time, follow the same steps as for the 2nd time use. 

Good to know: the temperature in your kamado can always fluctuate a bit due to for example wind, the amount of coals you use or the outside temperature which is different almost daily.