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Newbie with used large egg

Hi, thanks for having me.  I just got a 15 yo large egg. Not taken care of too well. How do i clean it before cooking on it? Not sure its ever been cleaned.

Thanks in advance

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  • JethroVAJethroVA Posts: 1,002
    Search for "clean burn"  essentially an extended high temp cook for the sole purpose of turning gunk into ash.  
    Richmond, VA. Large BGE, Weber gas, little Weber charcoal. Vintage ManGrates. No FireWires Yet. Hoping to win some soon.
  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 2,296
    I agree with Jethro there.  600 degrees should be good for 30-45 minutes.  Once cool, use a wadded up ball of aluminum foil to scrub down anything left on the dome.
    LBGE - 36Blackstone
    Grand Rapids MI
  • jtcBoyntonjtcBoynton Posts: 2,104
    Agree that 600º is hot enough to burn off the organics, but it may need more time.  No telling from here how much build up is in that 15 year old egg.  
    Southeast Florida - LBGE
    In cooking, often we implement steps for which we have no explanations other than ‘that’s what everybody else does’ or ‘that’s what I have been told.’  Dare to think for yourself.
     
  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 5,685
    Pics would help here. And welcome. 
    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,771
    Welcome aboard and enjoy the journey.  Above all, have fun.  
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 2,975
    Post a pick before a clean burn ....dirty to,you may be normal to some
    Visalia, Ca
  • six_eggsix_egg Posts: 965
    I never plan to clean mine but sometimes if I have low lump I let it burn out. It might get to 600 or 500. Seems to do ok.

    XLBGE, LBGE 

    Texarkana, TX

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,002
    if i did not know the history of it i would probably start with temps under 300  just to get any moisture out of it. 15 years old and it probably has the porcelain coated grids, would probably upgrade that to a new stainless one if the porcelin is cracking. pics would help, i dont do a high temp burn unless theres really heavy flaking coming off the dome, light flaking can just be wiped off with a tinfoil ball. that all being said, i would be cooking on it right now
  • If you ever do a high temp burn I would suggest that after the burn, let the egg cool down before lifting the dome. The bands stretch a bit, and the dome may fall out. Also, I believe that is when most of the misalignment of the bands happen, at least with the old style bands.
  • 20stone20stone Posts: 1,481
    Agreed on all tips (clean burn, tighten bands).

    One additional tip - You will have a clean, 600F egg after the burn.  I would throw on some steaks/burgers to reward yourself for that hour of hard work (which was really 5 minutes of filling/lighting the egg and 55 minutes of waiting).

    You deserve it (and the beer that goes with it).
    LBGE since 2008 and a MM from 2016
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    Sourdough bread enthusiast

    Houston, TX

  • bluebird66bluebird66 Posts: 2,031
    Welcome aboard!
    Large Egg with adjustable rig, Kick Ash Basket and various Weber's
    Floyd Va

  • td66snrftd66snrf Posts: 1,367
    Make sure it's BGE and not a clay kamado. Otherwise a clean burn could be  disastrous. I am not a fan of clean burns and see no reason other than looks. I've never read on this forum " I was doing a low and slow and heard a loud crack" but I have read posts when people have heard it doing a clean burn.
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE, SMALL, MINI, 2 Kubs, Fire Magic Gasser
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,002
    edited February 13
    td66snrf said:
    Make sure it's BGE and not a clay kamado. Otherwise a clean burn could be  disastrous. I am not a fan of clean burns and see no reason other than looks. I've never read on this forum " I was doing a low and slow and heard a loud crack" but I have read posts when people have heard it doing a clean burn.
    one low and slow and one 325 degree turkey cook here. turkey cook sounded like a shotgun, low and slow caught the deck on fire. no real rhyme or reason, bge did 1200 degree dome temps and then tossed water in with no damage testing these. im more worried tis egg sat outside without use and moisture got into the ceramics, ive had the whole side flake off with one egg. first burn take it slow if you dont know an eggs history, definitely dont do it on a deck
  • Thanks for the info.  So, the fire bowl completely disentigrated, and the fire ring is cooked in at top.  Im assuming i cannot put in a new fire bowl without taking out fire ring.  I tapped on bootom of fire ring, but probably not a good i dea. Trying to figure out what to put in bottom to start a fire so i can hopefully burn out the edge of the fire ring and remove. Also, there was a ton of moisture sitting under the coals.   And now it seems as though the egg itself is cracked. This thing may be done.
  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 10,535
    The crack is not death, but you need to be aware of where you are cooking and what it is set in. I would go with a nest and cook on concrete if possible. It may never amount to anything critical.
  • Thanks. Not sure what a nest is.  Egg is over concrete near gas grill.
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 6,338
    Thanks. Not sure what a nest is.  Egg is over concrete near gas grill.

  • Ok, it is on a nest, a rusty one, but a nest.  Any ideas to break loose fire ring?
  • jtcBoyntonjtcBoynton Posts: 2,104
    .....  I tapped on bootom of fire ring, but probably not a good i dea. ......
    Taking a hammer to ceramic is not the most wise move.  Try using a propane torch to burn away some of the build up between the fire ring and the shell.
    Southeast Florida - LBGE
    In cooking, often we implement steps for which we have no explanations other than ‘that’s what everybody else does’ or ‘that’s what I have been told.’  Dare to think for yourself.
     
  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 10,535
    The interior ceramics are beveled so you will obviously need to apply some force in the upward direction. Maybe a rubber mallet. I would work in a circular fashion to avoid pinching it as it works loose. A two person job IMO, one person pulling up and another tapping gently upward in a circular fashion around the piece in question (fire ring). Good luck
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