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Lid Will Not Open

Help! We cooked on the egg a couple of nights ago with no problems. I shut it down when we ate but, today, I cannot open the grill. The lid is firmly sealed against the cooker. Any suggestions short of prying it open with a screwdriver?


  • BobSBobS Posts: 2,485
    Al Wilson,
    Best guess is that the Egg got hot and you melted your gasket. You should be able to get something like a thin bladed utility knife, a thin spatula or putty knife and work it into the crack and get it open. I would avoid using a screw driver, as you do not want to damage the ceramic edge.

  • Let me know how you got it open...mine is stuck shut also...i tried using a paint peeler and a luck..

  • Al Wilson,
    The last time I did this I tried to cut the gasket apart with a utility knife but it was too hard. I then took a flat-blade screw driver, gently hammered it into the gasket and then gave it a twist and it popped right open.[p]TNW

    The Naked Whiz
  • Rick GRick G Posts: 166
    Al Wilson,
    Try getting a fire lit by going through the lower draft door.... get it hot and see if the loosen up the old glue any.

  • Why1504Why1504 Posts: 277
    Al Wilson,[p]I use a painters scraper. Tap easy.
  • billygbillyg Posts: 315
    Al Wilson,
    I opened my neighbors green egg with two stiff bladed putty knives.Tapped them in at several spots being very carful not to hit them very hard. I sweted that thing cracking., His gasket was rock hard in places, was 4 yrs old and the original.

  • The Naked Whiz, I did something similar. I tapped in a butter knife on each side, gave them a twist and it popped right open. It did knock out the gasket where I tapped them in, but it was toasted anyway.

  • Al Wilson,
    I loved you as middle linebacker for UT in the late 90's... tell Raynoc Thompson hello for me!!

  • tach18ktach18k Posts: 1,607
    Al Wilson, I found a drywall knife works best, very thin and strudy, slide it in and slowly move it around, it will pop open.

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