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Winterizing and keeping moisture out

I am a new egghead and I have a large Egg with a long Egg table and the Big Green Egg table cover. When I uncovered my Egg and went to use it for the first time this spring, it had quite a bit of moisture clinging to the top of the egg. The metal parts (including the dual-function metal top) were rusted and I was afraid to use the egg because I didn't want it to crack. The metal cooking grid even had some mold growing on it. I washed the cooking components thoroughly and used it. I didn't have any issues when I used it that time, but after not using it for a couple of weeks, I am still having the same issue whenever I uncover it. Is there any way to "winterize" it when I am not going to use it for a while? Since the dual-function metal top is cast iron, I seasoned it in hopes that this will help that part, but I can't figure out how to keep the moisture out and stop mold from growing. Am I the only one having this problem? Someone, please help!
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,819
    havent found anything that works well here, egg is always wet in maine. i try to plan on having a minimal amount of lump in there when i leave for the week and plan on having to light it up and run an hour or two when i get back. theres no need to wash the grates, light it and get it hot and brush them down if you have to, the mold will be gone. after a winter of not using it it takes several hours at temp before the moisture is gone

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  • malitardmalitard Posts: 3
    Thanks Nick! I will give it a try. I usually store it with the green ceramic top, but put the metal top under the cover on the shelf of the table. Hopefully the seasoning will keep it rust-free. 
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  • malitardmalitard Posts: 3
    Fishless,

    You have never had an issue with the moisture cracking the ceramic? I had heard that getting it wet was the worst thing you could do to the Egg. 
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,276

    Mine have been outside through Canadian winters for up to 14 years, no cover, no ceramic top...no problems. I do have some spawling on one egg but that was a bad run at manufacture.

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    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,819
    ive had one where half the ceramic lifted off from wet freeze/thaw/freeze/thaw/freeze thru a winter but i believe that doesnt happen often, i have only seen a couple tthreads of that over the last 10 or so years. i have only had one egg do that since 2002 out of 3 eggs and it was the newest egg and my eggs have never been covered with anything except snow. the egg that was in question was covered under warrranty. what usually happens is that they just ooze for a cook or two and you have to clean the exterior
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,819
    heres cooking

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    heres my egg in maine under a snow banking

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  • tazcrashtazcrash Posts: 1,851
    edited May 2013
    for the metal top spray with oil, and then store the daisy wheel IN the egg. Like seasoning it every time.  

    Bx - > NJ ->TX!!! 
    All to get cheaper brisket! 
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  • malitardmalitard Posts: 3
    Tazcrash,

    Could you be more specific? 
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  • tazcrashtazcrash Posts: 1,851
    edited May 2013
    Just edited original post to clarify. 
    After you cook. coat the metal top with a very light coat of oil (pam spray works), and then store it in your egg as it cools down. 
    BTW, don't put it in if the egg is very hot. It will remove the seasoning. I put mine in at about 300.

    Bx - > NJ ->TX!!! 
    All to get cheaper brisket! 
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  • ohiolionohiolion Posts: 28
    tazcrash said:
    BTW, don't put it in if the egg is very hot. It will remove the seasoning. I put mine in at about 300.


    Thanks for this tidbit tazcrash!  I have sprayed occasionally with oil and put in, but always right after I am done cooking, guess that explains why it still looks terrible.
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