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Old 11-05-2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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The top vent on my 22.5 gets stuck all the time. Does anyone else ever have this problem? I figure it's from the residue in the smoke. I waste coals because I can't close the top vent down in order to smother them. Is there anything I can do to loosen it up so it closes when I want it to? Maybe rub some veg oil or something on it. Any ideas?
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:29 PM   #2
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On my kamado I had the same thing. One high temp burn out later and it's back to looking and working like new.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:36 PM   #3
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some carb cleaner will eat it off, spray it sparingly around the vent to clean it and work it back and fourth
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:51 PM   #4
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my Kettle one sticks a lot- When its Hot I pour water on it and work it back n forth. If cool take top off and spray damper with Windex and let it sit for a bit then work it back n forth, clean it with a wet rag and rinse it off.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:00 PM   #5
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Mine does this as well. Place a screwdriver at an angle on the raised lips on the vent. It moves easier once it gets hot.
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:28 AM   #6
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Been there. +1 to bending it up a little. Also, some degreaser and a good power hose spray will help.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:55 AM   #7
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Mine sticks but not so much I can't move it with a pliers. Which I use anyways, because it is hot.
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:24 AM   #8
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Easy off oven cleaner.That's what I use for my Vision.
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:00 AM   #9
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Yeah - hot isn't as hard, but if it's been sitting for a week or so, it's pretty hard to move.

I usually give it a hearty tap with a spatula or tongs or something and it jars it loose and it's free-moving the rest of the cook once it gets hot. Not a deal breaker, but a tad annoying.
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I usually hit it with my torch for a second or two, then it moves freely.
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WD-40 after you take the top off the cooker.. then clean it with soap and water.. and bend up
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Try some of that orange cleaner stuff, does a real nice job of breaking up the grease
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After you're done with a cook just take the top and place it on the base (no middle section so it's like a kettle) the heat should do a good job of getting rid of any creosote. Also doing this is a better way of putting out those coals quickly
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[QUOTE=YetiDave;2683956]After you're done with a cook just take the top and place it on the base (no middle section so it's like a kettle) the heat should do a good job of getting rid of any creosote. Also doing this is a better way of putting out those coals quickly[/QUOT

Never thought of that one. I'll have to try that on the next cook.
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:57 AM   #15
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Weed burner blast. This worked when I needed to loosen the one-touch vents that were stuck shut on a '96 Stainless Steel Performer I bought this summer.
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