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egg top CI chimney cleaning question

JohnBJohnB Posts: 181
edited 7:01AM in EggHead Forum
OK -- I'm in the process of doing a burn off of my egg. Its been up to 700, with the plate setter legs up, for about 30 min.

My cast iron topper/chimney is pretty grimy on the inside. Can I, after burping the BGE, just set this on the plate setter? If I do should I take the handle off of it first?

thanks in advance,



  • RRPRRP Posts: 21,297
    you can, but the grease and crud most likely will melt off the daisey and run onto your plate setter yucking it up! I would at least protect the PS with a piece of HD foil.
    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
    Re-gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time...

  • ebrooker007ebrooker007 Posts: 156
    Unless it is giving you problems with turning the daisy wheel or something. I would not recommend cleaning it in the egg. It will rust from this point forward if you clean it this way. My five year old egg never rusted until about a month ago I decided to do a clean burn on it. It has rusted every since.
  • JohnBJohnB Posts: 181
    well... I went ahead and stuck it in there because it was so mucked up a have to bank it with a hand trowel to get the daisy wheel to turn.

    I'm hanging it over the side of the PS, so hopefully most of the gunk will drip down into the lump.

    Maybe I'll try to oil it down before it completely cools off to keep it from rusting?
  • maXimmaXim Posts: 468
    Yup, that's what I did... just brush with vegetable oil the same way you would season a cast iron skillet!
  • RRPRRP Posts: 21,297
    too late for you now, but I'm in the minority here that does not do the bake off for the very reason you stated. Instead an overnight soak in household ammonia followed up with a stiff brush in the morning and she'll be clean as a whistle! I've only had to clean mine 3 times in 10 years and still no rust!
    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
    Re-gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time...

  • JohnBJohnB Posts: 181
    well. I took a bike ride after I put the chimney in. When I got back the egg was down to about 350 so I took the chimney out. It was clean but rusty, so I'm assuming it was rusty under all the grease and muck. I took a wire brush and rubbed all the loose bits off, sprayed it with canola oil and put it back in the egg on the plate setter. I'll take it out when its cooler.

    I cook on the egg about 4-5 out of 7 days a week, so the chimney was really gunked up.
  • SundazesSundazes Posts: 293
    I rarely use the daisy anymore. I regulate with the bottom vent. The only time i really use it is low and slows like the baby backs I did today.
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