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How To Cure The Dreaded Frozen Gasket Syndrome

Citizen QCitizen Q Posts: 484
edited 4:56AM in EggHead Forum
After largely ignoring all previous threads on the subject having never experienced the frozen lid syndrome, I had to think quick a few weeks back upon finding my dome hoplessly frozen shut seven hours before the turkey was to be served. [p]With a 2 lb sledge and cold chisel in hand, the thought occured to me that heat might melt ice much quicker than blunt trauma. Not having a MAPP or Acetylene flamethrower handy, I lifted the rain cap and opened the bottom vent, (which stuck a bit but a couple of gentle taps quickly loosened) and dropped two lit fire starter cubes down through the chimney and positioned through the grill onto the remaining lump with my ash tool. Twenty minutes later I had a dome temp of 350 and the lid opened freely so that I could add an adequate amount of fresh lump to cook up the T-Day Bird.[p]Like I said earlier, I haven't given much attention to the subject before so I don't know if I am beating a dead horse here, but I couldn't help feeling a bit proud of myself for killing the 2 birds with one stone; unfreezing the lid while firing up the Egg at the same time.[p]Hope this helps those who may find themselves in a similar situation before they tear out a gasket or chip and crack the rim of their Egg in a mild frenzy to get the Q on this winter.[p]Cheers,


  • Citizen Q,
    Nope, you aren't the first to discover this, but congratulations on discovering it on your own. Some of us brute force types might have tried the hammer and chisel.[p]TNW

    The Naked Whiz
  • Citizen Q,
    Do you keep the Egg covered?

  • BadgerBadger Posts: 15
    Citizen Q,
    Living here in the upper midwest my gasket freezes every year. I open it up the same way you did by droping half a fireplace fire starter (wax and sawdust)in through the top. It doesn't start the charcoal on fire but warms the egg up enough to open the lid. It takes about 20min to thaw it out.[p]To prevent freezing I cover the gasket with aluminum foil before shutting off the grill. This keeps it open all winter.

  • BerkyBerky Posts: 21
    Citizen Q,
    To avoid having the lid freeze shut (I live in northern Ontario and it is freakin' cold all winter) I put a piece of wax paper to separate the lid from the body of the egg. Works fantastic. Happy egging in the snow!
    Kevin Berkenbosch aka Berky

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