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Preventing a freeze shut?

Its been real cold here in CT for the past few weeks and MY XL BGE has been frozen shut. I have been having grilling withdrawal syndrome! GWS.   I tried a hair dryer, some firestarters and paper with no luck.  I did not try too hard because I did not want to damage the gasket.   Yesterday it went above freezing and today it is raining.  I was able to open it up.   Tomorrow it will be single digits again.  I have put a 1 1/2 degree taper on a long 1/2 piece of wood, wrapped it in wax paper and propped the top open. Then I covered the BGE with a tarp and bungeed it tight.  My question is this, does anyone have any better idea's to keep their BGE from freezing closed?  Does anyone see any worries with propping it open with a 2 inch wide, foot long stick?   
XL BGE; Medium BGE 

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 10,473
    I wouldn't think so. ..
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • Just put foil in between the dome and lid and leave it shut. Shouldn't stick with that in there.
    NW Iowa
  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,261

    Can you rig up a light bulb on an extension cord and drop it through the top.  Then cover with a blanket/tarp?

    An automotive trouble light would probably not fit, due to the cage surrounding it.   But you may find a light only socket at a home improvement store that you could splice onto a wire with a plug.

    Surprising the heat that a bulb gives off.   Oh wait, we have new light bulbs, may or may not be beneficial.

    Cookin in Texas
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 5,227
    boatbum said:

    Can you rig up a light bulb on an extension cord and drop it through the top.  Then cover with a blanket/tarp?

    An automotive trouble light would probably not fit, due to the cage surrounding it.   But you may find a light only socket at a home improvement store that you could splice onto a wire with a plug.

    Look for a lamp rewiring kit and it should have a socket on a wire with a plug attached. 

    I think one of those crazy Canucks on here (@Canugghead?) fabbed metal discs to place between the lid and dome to prevent them from freezing shut. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • bettysnephewbettysnephew Posts: 664
    A heat gun placed in the bottom door on low should do the trick to unthaw one if it gets stuck.  Mine froze shut under the cover  at Christmas.
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 6,761
    I too live in CT and have never had my 4 year old large freeze up, whether I've used it every day for a week or haven't used it in three weeks. Rain, snow, freezing rain, below freezing temps, whatever. I wonder if it has anything to do with the gasket material. I've had a Rutland almost from the beginning and so far so good. I'm thinking it's because the Rutland is only installed on the base and doesn't freeze easily to bare ceramic. Have those of you with Rutlands noticed the same thing, or have I just been lucky?


    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
  • jenericzacjenericzac Posts: 102
    I had my first gasket freeze shut right after xmas. I had just put a brand new Nomex gasket on and had cooked a Turkey. Came out 2 days later and the lid was frozen shut. I built a fire in the bottom until I could open it. I think the newer Nomex sucks up alot of moisture.
  • HDumptyEsqHDumptyEsq Posts: 1,095
    Tin foil or wax paper seems to work for me.

    Tony in Brentwood, TN.

    Medium BGE, New Braunfels off-set smoker, 3-burner Charbroiler gasser, mainly used for Eggcessory  storage, old electric upright now used for Amaz-N-Smoker.

    "I like cooking with wine - sometimes I put it in the food." - W. C. Fields

  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 26,080
    I too live in CT and have never had my 4 year old large freeze up, whether I've used it every day for a week or haven't used it in three weeks. Rain, snow, freezing rain, below freezing temps, whatever. I wonder if it has anything to do with the gasket material. I've had a Rutland almost from the beginning and so far so good. I'm thinking it's because the Rutland is only installed on the base and doesn't freeze easily to bare ceramic. Have those of you with Rutlands noticed the same thing, or have I just been lucky?


    We just had a terrible ice storm. I went out and bought a newspaper cause I was sure it would be frozen shut. No issue at all with the Rutland. Didn't think about that being the reason until I saw your post.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • I've had some issues lately with the lower door being frozen shut...
    Making the neighbors jealous in Pleasant Hill, Ia one cook at a time...
  • biznorkbiznork Posts: 110
    My suggestion is to move to California. ;)
  • tjosbornetjosborne Posts: 197
    +3 on the foil, wax should work as well idk for sure though.
    middle of nowhere- G.I. NE
  • GATABITESGATABITES Posts: 636
    I've had some issues lately with the lower door being frozen shut...
    This happened to me tonight. 
    XL BGE 
    Reisterstown, MD
  • tjosbornetjosborne Posts: 197
    You know thinking about it have any of you done the dollar bill test? My egg was great everywhere except by the hinges, just ok there. The back half or so is  the only place that freezes on mine, coincidence?
    middle of nowhere- G.I. NE
  • CharlesmaneriCharlesmaneri Posts: 1,284
    I put tin foil between the base and dome and that works for me 
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  • milesofsmilesmilesofsmiles Posts: 1,325
    If already frozen light a starter cube & drop it down into the egg where the dfmt, or rain sits. Should do the job.
  • insanehinsaneh Posts: 94
    I let it go out and then stick 1/8 shim to keep it open just a hair.
    My dealer told me this trick. Well, he said screw driver, but I'm a
    machinist and that seemed a tad crude.
    Works like champ.
    Dead smack in the middle of NH
  • dldawes1dldawes1 Posts: 405

    I like the wood shim idea myself.  I'll have them ready before tonight. Too bad my lid is probably already frozen shut again right now !!!

    I appreciate everyone's great input for our questions.

    Thanks,

    Donnie

    Donnie Dawes - Carrollton, KY

    I Love My BGE !!  

    1-XLBGE, 1-Beautiful wife, 1 XS Yorkie

  • RRPRRP Posts: 12,853
    I too live in CT and have never had my 4 year old large freeze up, whether I've used it every day for a week or haven't used it in three weeks. Rain, snow, freezing rain, below freezing temps, whatever. I wonder if it has anything to do with the gasket material. I've had a Rutland almost from the beginning and so far so good. I'm thinking it's because the Rutland is only installed on the base and doesn't freeze easily to bare ceramic. Have those of you with Rutlands noticed the same thing, or have I just been lucky?


    Michael, I have never had the experience of any on mine freezing because I cover my eggs. OTOH your reasoning makes sense. The Rutland is not going to absorb water so while water may freeze on the surface it really isn't going to attach itself (the ice) to the naked edge of the dome either. Can't say as I've ever read anyone who eggs commando having a freeze up problem either! Good Thinking!

  • I had it freeze once.  Wax paper kept it from freezing after that incident.
    Gregg
    Large BGE Owner since December of 2013!
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 6,761
    edited January 8
    Gregg, what kind of gasket? Since you just got the egg, I assume the OEM junk?
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
  • fairchasefairchase Posts: 190
    My dome wasn't froze shut , but the bottom vent was. Had to heat it with a torch every time I wanted to adjust it.
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 6,761
    fairchase said:
    My dome wasn't froze shut , but the bottom vent was. Had to heat it with a torch every time I wanted to adjust it.
    You might stick a screwdriver into the track and twist it a bit to open it up a little. Not much though. Dunno for sure though, I've never heard of that happening.
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
  • Gregg, what kind of gasket? Since you just got the egg, I assume the OEM junk?
    You are correct sir the gray stuff that came with the Egg.  I am happy to say that I got some Rutland headed my way thanks to RRP.
    Gregg
    Large BGE Owner since December of 2013!
  • cortguitarmancortguitarman Posts: 1,946
    My done has frozen shut with the Rutland. I used a heat gun around the outside edge.
    Mark Annville, PA
  • BYS1981BYS1981 Posts: 1,485
    Move to a warmer climate, shouldn't freeze then.
  • MacKay52MacKay52 Posts: 74
    Mine freezes shut frequently. I usually fire a weedburner into the bottom vent until the remaining charcoal lights.
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 6,761
    Gregg, what kind of gasket? Since you just got the egg, I assume the OEM junk?
    You are correct sir the gray stuff that came with the Egg.  I am happy to say that I got some Rutland headed my way thanks to RRP.
    And not a moment too soon!! :) Took me two months or less to trash the OEM gasket. Rutland ever since.
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
  • RRPRRP Posts: 12,853
    MacKay52 said:
    Mine freezes shut frequently. I usually fire a weedburner into the bottom vent until the remaining charcoal lights.
    You're more gutsy than I would be! Applying an excessive external blast of heat like you just described is asking for trouble IMO.

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