Maintenance of wooden parts
When not in use, we recommend covering the Grizzly with a breathable cover, such as the Grizzly raincover. The side tables are made of bamboo. Bamboo is a natural material that is sensitive to moisture. In a humid environment, mold can develop on the bamboo.
The woodwork is treated with a thin layer of stain from the factory, however, we recommend treating it again to protect the woodwork even better.
The rain cover of the Grizzly ensures that your kamado is protected from wind and weather. Due to the sealing effect of the rain cover in combination with possible condensation caused by pulling up moisture, there is a chance of mold forming in or on the kamado. This possible condensation can cause prints, stains and/or mold on the bamboo parts of your The Bastard. Therefore, we recommend that you remove any side tables from your kamado before covering the kamado (for an extended period) with the rain cover. Make sure the kamado is completely dry before putting the raincover on it. The side tables are best stored in a dry place. We also recommend to air the kamado every now and then by taking the cover off for a while when the weather is nice. In this way, your the Grizzly as long as possible!
The mold or deposits on the outside can be removed by wiping the Grizzly with soapy water in which you add a small dash of bleach or mild detergent. Then wipe it with a clean cloth and plenty of water to remove the bleach soapy water.
Coating the bamboo side tables
You can oil or varnish the side tables. Bamboo fibers are much harder than wood fibers, you should treat them with a water-based epoxy lacquer, a synthetic resin or a wood oil suitable for bamboo. An epoxy lacquer or synthetic resin has a lower molecular density and penetrates deeply into the bamboo fibers. This prevents aging and gives protection against fungi. A varnish should always be applied in two thin layers, the second layer should be applied before the first layer is completely dry. Read the manufacturer's instructions carefully and comply with them. You can also use wood oil that is suitable for bamboo. Always test the oil on a piece of bamboo that is not in sight. The oil should be rubbed in with circular movements and immediately rubbed out again. This treatment you repeat 2 to 4 times per year.
Note: remove the cover carefully from the kamado, to avoid damage.