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Moisture inside new Egg

I purchased an XL a few months ago to compliment the L I've had for about 6 yrs.  The L has been upgraded with a Rutland gasket. I am usually only home on weekends, which limits egg usage.  My issue is that, while my L remains dry and mold free, the XL retains moisture inside on the ceramic and the grates are wet after 4-5 days without usage.  Mold is usually visible as well.  The OEM gaskets are typically damp.  This happens whether it rains or not.  I live in Atlanta, so we have a lot of humidity.  It does not appear that I have any sealing issues.  After use and the cool down period, I open the bottom vent and smoke ware cap to allow for airflow.   This is becoming very frustrating.  Will replacing the OEM gasket with a Rutland fix this?  Any other ideas?  Thanks in advance for any tips and advice.


  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,048
    well - you answered your own question with your personal experience having switched to a Rutland.
    L, M, S, &  Mini
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    Dunlap, IL
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  • I am a newbie to the Egg family, but do you have a cover for your XL? Or does it get moisture even with the cover?
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  • TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,127
    I have trouble with mold, too, but usually only if I leave them unused for more than a couple of weeks.  People have claimed, here, and it makes sense to me, that a pretty high-temp burn (600° or 700°, nothing nuclear needed) will prevent mold because it cooks out anything mold would grow on.  I haven't tested that, yet.

    I've never had mold in less than a couple of weeks.  And when I get it, I just burn it for 600° or so for an hour or more.  It won't make it all white again, but I figure there can't be anything alive in there, anymore...
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 12,995
    I bought my Akorn Jr in June. I think I've used my 8 year old Large egg once since then. I look in there from time to time since it has become a storage container for "stuff" (you know, like a gasser =)) and I have seen no mold, mildew or unwanted critters. 

    A couple of years ago, I was out of town for about three months. When I returned, I had a little penicillin growing in there, but not too bad. I just lit a fire for a while, 5-600° maybe, and that took care of it.

    The large has a Rutland and I sometimes notice that it's wet. Never any moisture inside though. And it never freezes shut in the winter. Don't know what kind of gasket is on the Akorn. Does a good job though and after nearly 4 months and frequent use, it still looks new.

    I never use a cover on the large. More trouble than it's worth, plus even the breathable ones are gonna trap moisture. I did buy a cover for the Akorn. It's a different design and rain gets into the ash collector at the bottom. We'll see how badly the cover traps moisture. Hope it's not bad since the grill is steel. Wish I had a gazebo or something.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!


    Central Connecticut 

  • Both eggs are uncovered.  Both get a clean burn, as needed.  The only difference, other than size and age, is my L has a Rutland gasket.  Do Rutland's prevent moisture buildup, or is this just the nature of a new egg?  It's no fun when you have to do a clean burn every weekend.....
  • Nope.  It's called humidity and an egg that hasn't been used enough to seal the pores on the inside.  I've experienced this mold one time in 10 yrs and I don't have a Rutland.  Just eliminated that illusion for you.  


    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
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