Using for the First Time
The Monolith BBQ Guru Edition can be used directly after assembly and does not require any further treatment. The cast iron fire grate is covered in a protective coating to safeguard it against corrosion. This protective coating will burn off during initial use. Please wait until any odor clears before placing food on the grill.
Cleaning the Monolith BBQ Guru Edition
Only clean the exterior of the Monolith BBQ Guru Edition, cart and side tables with water and mild cleaning agent. NEVER use water to clean the inside of your Monolith BBQ Guru Edition. The insides as well as the grates can be cleaned by using high temperatures. By completely opening both vents (make sure there is enough charcoal in the firebox), raise the temperature to 400°F and leave for 15 – 20 minutes. The heat will burn off all organic residue. Make sure to turn the fan dial to the OFF position during this process.
WARNING: Do not exceed 900°F, this could damage the gasket or individual components within the Monolith BBQ Guru Edition.
After the Monolith BBQ Guru Edition has cooled down, remove the ashes from the ceramic components with a soft brush. The grates can be cleaned with a metal grill brush. The cast iron grate and fire grate can be cleaned with a metal brush and thinly coated with vegetable oil to protect against rust.
ATTENTION: Gradually, the light colored ceramic of the interior will darken. This is a normal process and is caused through combustion, smoke and grease.
After cooling down, simply lift up the charcoal basket out of the Monolith BBQ Guru Edition by the handles, then shake off the ashes, or use the ash hook to remove the ashes within the ceramic fire box. If required, remove the cast iron fire grate before cleaning. You can use the ash hook to scrape out the ashes in the ash compartment. We suggest occasionally removing all components out of the unit and cleaning them and the inside walls with a soft brush.
Cleaning the Grill Grates
Clean the grates while still hot with a metal grill brush, removing all larger organic materials. The grill grates are made of stainless steel and are dishwasher safe. Only use mild cleaning detergents. The exposure to high temperatures can cause discoloration of the steel.
Cleaning the Pizza and Deflector Stone
The pizza stone and deflector stone are both made of open-pored cordierite ceramic, therefore liquids and fats can soak or burn into the surface, which can lead to permanent discoloration of the material. The discoloration is harmless and does not constitute defects. To remove larger organic materials, simply scrape the surface with a spatula or grill brush. The deflector stone may be wrapped in aluminum foil to protect from dripping fat.
Mold & Mildew
If your Monolith BBQ Guru Edition hasn’t been used for an extended period of time, moisture can get trapped inside the grill. Mold or mildew can start to develop on left over organic materials on the grill grate or on the internal ceramic components. Scrape away the mold or mildew with a spatula or grill brush. The rest can be burned off by running the grill at 400°F for 15 – 20 minutes. The heat will burn off all the remaining mold and mildew residue.
If you plan not to use your Monolith BBQ Guru Edition for a longer period of time, remove the charcoal as it will draw even more moisture into the grill.
For ideal protection from the weather, we recommend using our Monolith covers. Open both the air vent and ventilation cap before placing the cover over the Monolith, allowing the air to circulate within the grill and allowing moisture to escape.
The metal bands should be checked regularly and tightened if necessary.
Gasket & Replacement Sets
The gasket material is subject to wear and must be regularly replaced, depending on the amount of grill use. Avoid damaging the gasket with metal brushes or too high temperatures (in excess of 900°F). To replace the gasket, remove the old gasket very carefully with a spatula taking care not to damage the ceramic glaze. Any glue residue can be removed carefully with sandpaper. The gasket replacement band is self-adhesive. Start at the back of the grill working your way around, making sure the gasket doesn’t protrude inside the grill.