Maintenance wooden parts
If you are not using the The Bastard, we recommend covering the The Bastard with a breathable cover, such as the The Bastard rain cover. The side tables are made of bamboo. Bamboo is a natural material that is sensitive to moisture. Mold can develop on the bamboo in a humid environment.
The rain cover from The Bastard ensures that your kamado is protected against wind and weather. However, due to the sealing effect of the rain cover in combination with possible condensation due to rising moisture, there is a risk of mold forming in or on the kamado. This possible condensation can in particular cause prints, stains and/or mold on the bamboo parts of your The Bastard. That is why we recommend that you remove any side tables from your kamado before the kamado is (long-term) covered by the rain cover. Make sure the kamado is completely dry before putting the rain cover over it. The side tables are best stored in a dry place. We also recommend airing the kamado every now and then by removing the cover for a while when the weather is nice. In this way, your The Bastard will remain beautiful for as long as possible!
You can remove the mold or deposits on the outside by wiping the Bastard with soapy water, in which you add a small dash of bleach or mild detergent. Then wipe it well with a clean cloth and enough water to remove the (bleach) solution.
The woodwork has been treated with a thin layer of stain from the factory, but we do recommend treating it again to protect the woodwork even better.
Coating the bamboo side tables
You can oil or varnish the side tables. Bamboo fibers are much harder than wood fibers, you must treat them with a water-based epoxy lacquer, a synthetic resin or a wood oil that is suitable for bamboo. An epoxy lacquer or synthetic resin has a lower molecular density and penetrates deeply into the bamboo fibres. This prevents graying and provides protection against fungi. A lacquer should always be applied in two thin layers, the second layer must be applied before the first layer is completely dry. Read the manufacturer's instructions carefully and follow the instructions. You can also use wood oil that is suitable for bamboo. Always test the oil on a piece of bamboo that is out of sight. The oil should be rubbed in with circular movements and immediately rubbed out again. You repeat this treatment 2 to 4 times a year.
Note: Carefully remove the cover from the kamado to avoid damage.