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Frozen Egg Help

Right.BrainerRight.Brainer Posts: 28
edited 10:03PM in EggHead Forum
Hello from Philadelphia.
Mayday:[p]We've got several inches of snow since Friday. Remembering NJ-Chuck's advice when I bought my egg, I shoveled out to the egg first. Unfortunatley, the top of the unit is frozen shut. I seem to remember an earlier call for CAUTION when trying to free things up. Will someone please advise.[p]Regards.[p]Right Brainer


  • right.brainer,
    If you have a starter cube, open your ash door, put inside and light it. You could also use a mapp torch to light the charcoal from/thru the ash door. I would not recommend prying a putty knife at the gasket. Take the cap off when lighting from the bottom.

  • KennyGKennyG Posts: 949
    right.brainer,[p]Yup, a common malady in snow country. If "top of the unit" means the dome, here's a couple a solutions:[p]Assuming there is still some lump in the Egg, insert a firestarter in the lower intake and light to get the lump started from beneath. This will thaw the gaskets in a short time. Also, if you have a "trouble light" with cord, use a 100 watt bulb in it and stick it down the chimney. The heat will eventually melt the ice.[p]K~G
  • right.brainer,[p]This is common in the colder weather and there are several methods to get it open but don't pry with a screwdriver or you will chip or break the cooker.[p]Best way is to start a fire in it thru the lower vent if you have some remaining charcoal in the cooker. I use a Weber fire cube and light it and then place it thru the vent and right under the grid.[p]Another method is to ball up some newspaper and light it and force it thru the top vent hole. Usually takes 6-7 balls of paper to get it thawed out and is messy as it leaves a lot of ash.[p]Another method is to drop a trouble light down the top vent and then cover the vent so the heat won't escape. This takes a lot longer than the above methods but will work. [p]Good luck,[p]Dave

  • Kenny G
    Old Dave
    Toomany[p]Thanks for your replys.
    Once again, this is a real community forum.[p]RB

  • WessBWessB Posts: 6,937
    This is a good thread to point out the fact that in the colder months you do NOT want to leave your egg with no lump in it. I had mine freeze shut once and when I finally got it thawed there was less than a handful of lump in it. Any less and I probably wouoldn`t have gotten it open. After I`m done cooking I try to make sure there is enough lump left that if I need to de-freeze I got something in there to burn..[p]Wess

  • MarvinMarvin Posts: 515
    It happened to me on Thanksgiving. just took my Mapp torch and went around the circumference and it was opened quickley with no harm. The turkey was great, too.

  • JSlotJSlot Posts: 1,218
    You need a hammer to get it open!!!
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