I have been using the Kick Ash Basket products since 2015 when I first met its creator, Chad Romzek, at Eggtoberfest. During this event held in Stone Mountain, GA, I was first introduced to the basket and its benefits. This was the first generation basket and we were all blown away by the added airflow that it provided in our Big Green Eggs! Chad had provided a few so we immediately added the baskets to every egg we could. One of our dishes involved frying so you can imagine how much this helped. As the spectators came by our tents they would notice the Kick Ash Basket (KAB) and wonder what it was for and how it worked. Most kamado owners only knew one thing. You have a cast iron grate full of holes in the bottom and you stir your ash and charcoal with a metal rod until hopefully most of the ash makes it through the tiny holes. Minds were stretched that day for sure. Chad sold out of every KAB that day and we all made sure we had ours on the way! The KAB was the first of its kind to market and has been copied by other companies. It still remains to be the best and most efficient basket out there.
Once receiving my new KAB at home I tossed the cast iron grate below and got to work promoting it on Instagram. We all did. The brand exploded and it was everywhere! We made sure to tell all our friends as well. I also visited a few local retailers to see if they were carrying it yet. Still to this day when I see people ask about the one thing you should get for a new grill, I tell them about the Basket.
The idea of the basket is super simple. The day after you grill something and the coals have cooled, all you have to do is pick up the basket and give it three or four good shakes to remove the excess ash. You can also dump the hot coals into a metal container or something that can handle the heat if you’re tailgating, allowing for a quick way to cool down your grill before the game.
After a few years, Kick Ash came out with a new, strong version of the basket with heavier gauge wire. This held up much better under this high heat you can obtain in a Kamado. They also introduced the baskets for different Kamado sizes like the XL Big Green Egg. Around this same time, the Kick Ash Grate Hook and Super Lifter came out. These were yet again another game changer. The Grate Hook was for lifting and then hanging a hot grated for the grill and the Super Lifter was great for heavier components like a Big Green Egg Plate Setter or ceramic half moon pieces used for heat deflection. I use my Grate Hook nearly every day. Shortly after the hooks came the Adjustable Dividers. These allowed you to separate the charcoal and allow two different zones. Having more than one zone allows you to cook something without a direct flame below it like a brisket or short ribs that require longer cook times to become tender.
One of the newer inventions from Chad and crew is the Kick Ash Can. This allows you to easily remove the ash below the basket and dump it in the trash without having to scrape the bottom vent with the metal ash rod or fire up the shop vac. They come in very handy and they have one for nearly every kamado. I am always impressed by how they come up with these products we didn’t know we needed until we saw them and got our hands on them.
As I accumulated more and more grills, I had to make sure I picked up a basket for each as well because personally I think it’s a required accessory for every grill. Over the years, KAB has created a basket for nearly every type of grill out there!
Here’s some quick steps to show you how easy it is to use the Kick Ash Basket!
1. Once you are ready for maximum air flow and convenience, remove the charcoal from your grill and vacuum out your grill. If you have a cast iron grate in the bottom, it can be removed.
2. Add your shiny new Kick Ash Basket to the fire bowl or bottom of the grill and fill with charcoal. I typically try to keep the level below or right at the top of the basket. For longer cooks, like a low & slow brisket or BBQ, more charcoal is needed.
3. When your cook is complete and the coals have cooled, it’s time to SHAKE THAT ASH!
The Kick Ash Can, Grate Tool and Charcoal Gloves
The Kick Ash Can is another super easy product to use. Repeat the steps same as before and remove the charcoal and vacuum out the kamado. Place the pan in the bottom and start collecting some ash! When it begins to get full and the ashes have cooled, just dump it in a safe container.
Here’s the Grate Tool in action! It’s super handy and allows you to grab and relocate a hot grate to add more charcoal.
These Kick Ash Gloves rock! No more black and dirty hands from refueling your grill!