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Newbie question about cleaning

ETBeeETBee Posts: 46
edited July 2012 in EggHead Forum
Hello!  I'm new to the forum and new to Egg ownership too.  I just acquired a large Egg via Craigslist and I am looking forward to some awesome grilling.  But the Egg I bought is really dirty and grimy.  I'd like to clean it up a bit before using it.  I know not to use detergents or solvents, but is it OK to use plain water and a scrub brush on the inside ceramic surfaces?  Am I wasting my time cleaning something that will never be clean anyway?


  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,346
    edited July 2012
    First of all Welcome to the dark-side....

    If it is dirty with grease/black soot, load it up with a lot of lump (to the fire ring) open bottom vent, take the cap off and leave it off, and let her rip until it burns out. You will have nice white ceramic when you are done. Also put your daisy wheel and any other ceramic accessories in there to clean them.

    "Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity, and are able to turn both to their advantage."

  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    edited July 2012
    you can let it run at 500-600 or so too, without fully getting rip-roaring.  that will guard against toasting the gasket

    outside can be washed with water and a little mild detergent
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • xraypat23xraypat23 Posts: 421
    if you do the clean burn, be prepared to lose your gasket, or even have the egg stick shut. It's not the end of the world, but it is a common practice. I'd never take water or soap to the inside of the egg, just a clean burn.
  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 5,023
    Fill'er up wtih the lump and burn it clean.
    XL and a Mini Max Egg in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,346

    You said it was safe for the ceramic to get wet though right? If we wanted to clean the inside with water and a soft brush it is ok correct?

    "Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity, and are able to turn both to their advantage."

  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    edited July 2012
    of course it is safe.  rain.....

    you just don't want to soak it though,  there's nothing that cleans like a decent fire.  you don't even need it down to 'white', just want to burn off excess junk, if there is any.

    if you truly soaked it internally, it's going to absorb some water, and take a while to drive that off (by boiling it away) next time you cook on it.  and since water boils at 212, your going to see the egg stay stubbornly low for a long time til the water is driven off.  lots of rain, or unused eggs, will always have a hard time jumping to high temps right away.

    if i were the guy with the new/used eg, i'd light a fire, futz with controls, and play around, then just set the daisy on, mostly open, and let her sit there at 500-600 until the horrible smoke stops.  if the horrible smoke stops, then it isn't cleaning it, and you might as well stop.

    there is no need to let her rip wide open on a full load of lump. 

    ...and i'd tighten the upper dome hinge-strap bolt (at rear) until it bends (or just tighten it if already bent).

    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • ETBeeETBee Posts: 46
    Thanks for the advice.  I'll fire it up to around 500 or so and let it burn off.  That should give me some experience with temperature control too.
  • Before you fire it up, get a big ball of heavy duty aluminum foil and scrub the loose bits off of the inside.
    Wilson, NC
    Large BGE - WiFi Stoker - Thermapen - 250 Cookbooks

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