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I've had my XL since September of last year. It's been almost a year, and all the cleaning I've done is to clean the grid with a wire brush and scrape the plate setter to get rid of some drippings.
I know that there are differences of opinion about doing cleaning burns to incinerate any drippings and/or other leftovers on the ceramics, and I think I come down on the side of preferring not to clean burn in favor of defining what's in there as "seasoning" unless it's globs, which of course are removed.
My question is regarding a cleaning involving removing the fire ring and getting built up ash removed from the outside ring where I can't remove it with the ash tool. When I clean the ash from the bottom of the EGG through the bottom vent, I can always grab about an inch and a half of ash from between the fire ring and the outside shell of the EGG. That makes me wonder how much more is in that area that I can't get with the ash tool? How often should I be taking my EGG apart and cleaning all the ash out completely? Is it worth the danger of breaking the fire ring? I see so many posts on here regarding broken fire rings, that I'm scared to remove the damned thing just to do routine cleaning if it's not necessary.
My EGG still cooks great. I'm not having any issues with airflow, and I can easily maintain a constant temp thanks to my CyberQ. Do I need to rip this thing apart and clean out excess ash outside the fire ring if things are going fine? Should I stick by the old adage that I shouldn't fix what's not broke?