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HELP! unfreezing my egg

biggreenmattbiggreenmatt Posts: 67
edited December 2011 in EggHead Forum
Gentlepeeps:

Never minding the fact that it's minus 12 degrees out there, but for the fact that my egg is frozen shut, I would be smoking eleven pounds of brisket right now.  

Any smart ideas from eggheads from cold climes on how to unfreeze an egg?  Seems as though it's the gasket that's frozen to itself.

Thanks in advance from my brisket and I!

Comments

  • AD18AD18 Posts: 142
    Most advice seems to revolve around starting a small fire inside the bottom vent or dropping a lit fire starter through the top vent.  I've used hair dryers on a ton of stuff to unfreeze. 
    Large BGE, Weber 22.5 kettle, Weber Genesis
    Cobourg, Ontario
  • NU2BBQNU2BBQ Posts: 98
    I just went thru this the other day.  What I did was to light a starter cube, hold it vertically and slide it thru the top grate and drop on top of the lump.  Mind you now I can get my arm into the top vent, you might need to use long tongs or something similar.  Had it opened in 10 minutes.

    Good luck.
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 4,300
    I've had to cut my dome and base apart when the gasket absorbed water, and froze into a solid mass. I've used a putty knife heated with a propane torch. Once warmed, I slide it between the top and bottom gaskets, and work around. The dome has opened without tearing the gaskets when I had worked a little more than half way around.

    I suppose a hair dryer on high might do the trick too.
  • Yep, hair dryer with careful application of my chef's knife did the trick.

    Now that the damage control's been done, any further suggestions on how to keep the damn thing from freezing again?
  • tnbarbqtnbarbq Posts: 248
    Yep, hair dryer with careful application of my chef's knife did the trick. Now that the damage control's been done, any further suggestions on how to keep the damn thing from freezing again?
    May be a stupid question, but do you have a cover for it?  If so, you might try covering it with a large trash bag first and try to seal the bag as best you can around the bottom.  Then put on your cover.
    Scooter 
    Mid TN. Hangin' in the 'Boro. MIM Judge
  • tfoutchtfoutch Posts: 76
    edited December 2011

    Put something between the gasket layers - wax paper or foil might work.

    TFOUTCH
    Algood, Tennessee
  • TaterTater Posts: 16
    HELLO MATT,

    Glad to hear that I'm not the only one this has happened to....I was not so lucky last winter when it happened to me....ruined the gasket trying to get it open.

    I have since prevented it from happening with the use of a small plastic knife(like you would use for a picnic)....just lay it between the dome and bottom along the seal after the egg has cooled....just enough of a gap to prevent it freezing shut!

    Grilling wild turkey tonight.....mine better not be froze!

     
    Always having fun with the BGE!
  • tnbarbqtnbarbq Posts: 248

    Put something between the gasket layers - wax paper or foil might work.

    That is a heck of an idea!  Plastic wrap might also work. 
    Scooter 
    Mid TN. Hangin' in the 'Boro. MIM Judge
  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,358
    Or several layers of aluminum foil folder over pretty thick. Then you wouldn't have to worry about the hot grill and plastic melting. Then what do I know - 70 and sunny.
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
  • tfoutchtfoutch Posts: 76
    edited December 2011

    Hey Tater,

    If you Egg Wild Turkey....all of the alcohol will evaporate rendering it useless!

     

    TFOUTCH
    Algood, Tennessee
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