Big Green Egg - EGGhead Forum - The Ultimate Cooking Experience...
Welcome to the EGGhead Forum - a great place to visit and packed with tips and EGGspert advice! You can also join the conversation and get more information and amazing kamado recipes by following Big Green Egg at:

Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Pinterest  |  Youtube  |  Vimeo
Share your photos by tagging us and using the hashtag #EGGhead4Life.

In Atlanta? Come visit Big Green Egg headquarters, including our retail showroom, the History of the EGG Museum and Culinary Center!  3786 DeKalb Technology Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30340.

Sticky Damper

Anyone else find it hard to maneuver your bottom damper on the large BGE? I've brushed out the tracks really well with an old toothbrush, but it's still tough to open and close. Seems to be getting worse over the years. Wondering if the metal is warping up just enough to be causing this?


  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,650
    Maybe a little oil or take a screwdriver and widen it out?
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 4,546
    Thx, @henapple , I'll give that a shot.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 20,835
    edited October 2013
    Personally I would not use a lubricant of any kind. I believe if you just inspect it closely you'll see where the track has gotten bent. That problem is easily resolved with a flat bladed screw driver.
    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
  • SmokinDAWG82SmokinDAWG82 Posts: 1,704
    +1 on no lubricant, look at other means to loosen it
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 4,546
    Thx fellas. I'll hold off on the lube. I'll inspect it thoroughly tomorrow. It's hot right now since I just used it, and it's dark out. I'm gonna also wash the screen door and solid door with soap and water to get all the crud off that I can.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 20,835
    If you have crud on the screen then that is probably more than just dirt and soap & water may not cut it. Try Simple Green or even household ammonia...but just don't breathe the fumes if you do.
    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
  • I had this same problem a while back, just set it on the cooking grate and let the egg run 600 degrees for a couple hours. Just like a clean burn it removed all the gunk and then I reseasoned it with lard just like a cast iron skillet. Works great.

    NW IA

    2 LBGE, 1 SBGE, 22.5 WSM, 1 Smokey Joe

  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 13,114
    In addition to brushing out the tracks I periodically hit them with some cooking oil  and that does the trick.  YMMV-
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood.
Sign In or Register to comment.
Click here for Forum Use Guidelines.