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New medium BGE leaks rainwater

So I have had an XL for 4 or 5 years now and have never had any problems other than toasted gaskets. I bought a medium for my smaller cooks and noticed right away that it leaks rainwater inside. I noticed rust on my DFMT which was stored inside the egg and the charcoal would not light. I discarded that load of lump, put in new lump and ran the egg at 375 for 3 hours to dry it out. Once I did that, it cooked just fine. I did take the precaution of using my XL cover which pretty much swallows the egg, that will keep the rain out, but I am wondering how/why it leaks. My XL doesn't leak at all. The only thing I can think of is maybe it is leaking around the thermometer stem, although my XL doesn't do that. Any thoughts on this? Has anyone else experienced it? 
The felt gaskets are new, in good shape and I close the lower vent completely and put the ceramic cap on the dome.

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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,195
    I have a MBGE, and it is covered now, but it did sit out in the open for sometime. I live in the Pacific rainforest, we get a ton of rain. Never had a leak. Are you sure it is rainwater? Is there anyway it might be residual condensation inside the egg? My MBGE will snuff a fire in minutes, it is very tight. (Just guessing)
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • Thats a thought, thanks. I did dry it out on Saturday and after cooking some burgers on it, I covered it back up. I'll check it when I get home, it could have been residual moisture. 
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,673
    the best thing you can do is ship it to me... I'll take 6 months and work out the bugs... =))
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • WylecyotWylecyot Posts: 106
    Try lining the inside of your rain cap with aluminum foil and see if that solves the problem.
  • smokesniffersmokesniffer Posts: 1,806
    henapple said:
    the best thing you can do is ship it to me... I'll take 6 months and work out the bugs... =))
    Dang ya bet me to it
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,195
    Wylecyot said:
    Try lining the inside of your rain cap with aluminum foil and see if that solves the problem.
    No, no, no! The egg is taking on water, it is not having its thoughts read by aliens. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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