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How often should the BGE be cleaned?

Pig PickerPig Picker Posts: 28
edited 11:19PM in EggHead Forum
I've had my medium BGE for a little over 8 months now and have never taken it apart to do any kind of cleaning. I cook on it once or twice every weekend. What is the recommended cleaning schedule for a good all out cleaning? Any method that works best? What is best to clean it with? [p]Besides being careful not to drop anything should I take any other precautions?[p]thanx
PP

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  • RhumAndJerkRhumAndJerk Posts: 1,506
    Pig Picker,
    There are two necessary ways to clean your egg. First, fire it up to about a bazillion degrees and cook some steaks. When you take the steaks off, leave Mr Egg rocking for another ten minutes before closing it down. [p]The next method should only be attempted with a cold egg… place the hose from your shop-vac in the bottom vent and you clean out all of the ashes with the flick of the switch. Usually, I just carefully remove the innards and push the ashes out the bottom vent with my hands.[p]Hope this helps,
    RhumAndJerk
    [p]

  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,399
    Pig Picker,
    Like R&J, I use the high temp self cleaning method every so often. My large egg is 2 years old, and that is the only cleaning I have done. [p]Cheers! Beers.
    NB

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  • KennyGKennyG Posts: 949
    Pig Picker,[p]You'll get a lot of different opinions on this one as some folks feel that cleaning is totally unnecessary. I do mine twice a year. To transport Humpty from his winter home in the garage to the summer spot on the deck, I break it all down and move it in pieces. While disassembled, I scrub the inside surfaces and parts with a dry (no liquids of any kind) stiff bristled brush to knock off the loose residue. The intent here is not to remove the seasoning. After that, I'll shop-vac it out and reassemble. To clean the outside glaze, just use windex, formula 409, simple green, etc and an old toothbrush.[p]K~G
    a clean Egg is a happy Egg.

  • RhumAndJerkRhumAndJerk Posts: 1,506
    KennyG,
    A HOT Egg is a Happy Egg! (haha)[p]Has baby egg made his debut yet?
    R&J[p]

  • KennyGKennyG Posts: 949
    RhumAndJerk,[p]All I've had time for so far on the mini was a coil of hot italian sausage. Worked like a champ as I knew it would. I've got to build some kind of stand or mini table to put the little guy on. YB has done this and I'll have to contact him about his design.[p]BTW, I haven't forgot about the Tequila, just been real busy. [p]K~G

  • RhumAndJerkRhumAndJerk Posts: 1,506
    KennyG,
    Same here. It will happen when it happens.
    R&J[p]

  • KennyGKennyG Posts: 949
    RhumAndJerk,[p]It won't happen if I drink it hehehehe[p]Go Tribe!

  • MarkMark Posts: 295
    Pig Picker,
    Other than just raking out the ashes each cook, I take the garden hose and wash it out real good every once upon occasion.
    Mark

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