So, I've been trying to cook with my keg recently, but the top vent has been frozen shut. Right now I'm in the cycle of opening up the lid to feed the charcoal some oxygen, then closing the lid to try and heat it up, then hoping the fire hasn't been too starved, opening up the lid and doing it all over again until the vent can open.
Just wondering if anyone has ran into this before and what did they do? If there was a way of preventing it from sticking shut in the first place? Last time it was warm, I thought of leaving it open, so it could freeze open,,,, but forgot last time.
01-17-2013 08:00 PM
I keep mine covered, but when I didn't and it froze shut, I found that a chimney of lump, with the lower vent wide open, is enough that I can open the top vent with a a bit of force after a few minutes.
Just try not to go too hot, as keg takes forever for the temp to come down.
01-17-2013 09:01 PM
I feel your pain, at least a little.
I started a smoke two days following an ice storm and with no above freezing weather in between.