Maintenance of the wood

The wood is treated with a thin layer of stain from the factory, but we recommend treating it again to optimally protect the wood. 

Rain cover use
When not in use, we recommend covering the Bastard with a breathable cover, such as the Bastard rain cover. The Bastard side tables are made of bamboo. Bamboo is a natural material that is sensitive to moisture. In a humid environment, mould may develop on the bamboo. Even if the kamado is protected by, for example, a rain cover and/or is sheltered, such as under a roof or shed.  

The Bastard's rain cover ensures that your kamado is protected from wind and weather. However, due to the sealing effect of the rain cover combined with possible condensation caused by rising moisture, there is a risk of mould forming in or on the kamado. In particular, this possible condensation can cause impressions, stains and/or mould on the bamboo parts of your Bastard. Therefore, we recommend you remove any side tables from your kamado before the kamado is covered (for a prolonged period) by the rain cover. Make sure the kamado is thoroughly dry before putting the rain cover over it. The side tables are best stored in a dry place. We also recommend airing the kamado out every now and then by taking the cover off for a while in nice weather. Remove the rain cover carefully to avoid damage. This will keep your Bastard looking beautiful for as long as possible! 

Coating the bamboo side tables  
You can oil or varnish the side tables. You can treat the wood with a water-based epoxy lacquer, a synthetic resin or a wood oil suitable for bamboo. A lacquer should always be applied in two thin layers. Carefully read and comply with the manufacturer's instructions. Always test the oil on a piece of bamboo that is out of sight. 

Mould on the wood 
You can remove the mould as follows:   

  • Wet the bamboo tables and scrub them well with a hard brush. This will deeply clean the bamboo tables and remove mould and other dirt. For stubborn dirt, you can use a little bleach or green soap. 
  • Rinse the tables well with clean water and then let dry. 
  • Next, sand the tables with a sander the same way you would treat solid wood. Start with medium sandpaper and finish with fine sandpaper. Make sure you sand the tables evenly with the grain. Sand until the old lacquer layer is gone.
  • After cleaning and sanding, it is important to seal the tables immediately with a bamboo-suitable wood oil, synthetic resin or water-based epoxy lacquer. 

Note: Carefully remove the cover from the kamado to avoid damage.