After hip replacement surgery gone bad (it's a long story, I ended up with a fractured femur and had to have more surgery) I had to endure 8 weeks of no cooking on my XL. Last Sunday, my boys came by for a visit and they volunteered to cook hamburgers for us. We went outside to fire up the egg, when we opened it up, it was full of mold. White mold on the grid, on the inside surface of the dome, even some mold on the lump. What's left of my felt gaskets were coated with mold. We fired up the egg and let it run for an hour at 350 in an effort to clean it up. After scraping the grid down thoroughly, we proceeded to cook burgers. After the cook, we added more lump and set it to run along at 250-275 and let it go all night.
My question is, has anyone seen this mold growth after a period of inactivity? Is burning it off sufficient for clean up or should I consider some chemical treatment? The burgers were excellent as usual but I was concerned about what mold survived the burn.
It has been a typical hot, humid summer here in NE Georgia and I know that's the reason for the mold. I just want to make sure my 'clean-up' is copacetic. Any input is appreciated!