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pmad
03-09-2015, 02:06 PM
This forms on the lid whenever I get it up to hotter temps (>500*)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v94/pjmad/Hunger/f1c96002c70b3f3cfd0527c00e453add_zpsd61cf59a.jpg

I assume it has something to do with humidity and smoke, but can someone actually explain to me what is happening and the best way to clean it?

smokin30-06
03-09-2015, 03:19 PM
Does it permeate through the glaze or come from the daisy wheel? Is that all from one cook?

Btw, is this April first? That looks like bird poop.

pmad
03-09-2015, 03:28 PM
It does not permeate.
Humidity is 66% and rising.
When the egg gets near 500, moisture beads appear on the surface.
And then dry into this.

It only happens when it is high humidity (March-November in STL) and I use high heat.

I'm assuming it is a combination of moisture in the air and smoke.

But I'd really like to know the best way to clean it.

I should add, I do not have a cover and the egg sits out all year.

bosco0633
03-09-2015, 03:35 PM
that is real liquid smoke. The ceramics are designed to produce moister meats than traditional bbq. When it gets cold and we bbq, the kamado produces moisture inside. When you open your lid it will drip out!!

All good and normal this time of year

pmad
03-09-2015, 03:44 PM
that is real liquid smoke. The ceramics are designed to produce moister meats than traditional bbq. When it gets cold and we bbq, the kamado produces moisture inside. When you open your lid it will drip out!!

All good and normal this time of year

This isn't drip.
It forms only on the lid and covers the entire thing.

But, should I clean it with soap and water or rubbing alcohol?
Or something else altogether

Yeasty
03-09-2015, 03:49 PM
What does it taste like?
:confused:

bosco0633
03-09-2015, 03:51 PM
how about an all natural product like CLR to wipe it clean??

smokin30-06
03-09-2015, 03:52 PM
Maybe you can clean it with a Clorox wipe or whatever BGE says in their manual.

bosco0633
03-09-2015, 04:00 PM
I also use car wax spray to polish mine after I clean them. It helps prevent stuff from sticking so much to them

Levergun
03-09-2015, 08:22 PM
Do you keep the egg covered? My did it before I put mine under a roofed area. Moisture gets in thru the cracks in the glaze coating and then cooks out when it gets hot. Just cleaned it with simple green product.

Big George's BBQ
03-09-2015, 09:48 PM
I have never seen that I would send a pic and ask the BGE

Wickedcajun
03-09-2015, 09:53 PM
I have never seen that I would send a pic and ask the BGE

^^^^^This:thumb:

pmad
03-10-2015, 05:50 PM
From BGE SUpport
Your grill is pushing the excess moisture through the ceramic material. It's also bringing the greasy brown residue from the inside of the grill with it. Moisture can get into the grill in several different ways. It might simply be because you don't use a cover. Water can get into the grill through the dual function metal top or through the gaskets. The gaskets will draw water into the Egg if left uncovered in the rain. I would probably start by getting a cover for the Egg.

To clean the Egg, start with a good hot rag and wipe the grill down. If that doesn't get all the residue, spray the Egg with water, use a cleanser like castile soap or simple green, use a scotch brite scrubbie pad to gently scrub the Egg. Try not to get water into the Egg. Normally after the excess moisture is gone, then grill stops pushing moisture through the ceramics.

If you do a lot of slow cooking, that can leave a great deal of moisture inside the Egg. When you remove your food after a slow cook, raise the grill temperature to 400-500 degrees and let it burn out. This will burn off the excess moisture and grease, which will also help prevent the problem. Burning the grill out is a good way to get rid of greasy build up after the grill is a few years old. Bring the grill temperature up to 600 degrees and let it burn until the fuel is gone.

Sorry to be so lengthily, but the problem is moisture related. Solve the moisture problem and the grill will stop pushing the excess moisture through the ceramics.

THoey1963
03-10-2015, 06:04 PM
Interesting...

Hoss
03-10-2015, 08:01 PM
I have had that happen to mine several times.I bought a used one once and did a "Cleansing Burn " Lawwwwwdd at the crud that seeped out of that thing !!!! :tsk:

MilitantSquatter
03-10-2015, 08:28 PM
Wow... I leaned something here.

While I don't have BGE's any longer I did have three of them in the past and saw this on at two of them (but not to the same degree as the OP pic). I just assumed it was some type of spatter that dried up.

I've definitely seen this but never figured out what it was. Definitely not from water getting inside but perhaps the lower temp as noted.

bosco0633
03-10-2015, 08:30 PM
I wonder if a nice long high heat burn would dry the ceramic out and burn the crap out

Levergun
03-11-2015, 01:46 PM
Yes it will, but unless you have it covered, it continues to return. Mine did it several times until I built a covered q area.

Big George's BBQ
03-11-2015, 03:28 PM
Thanks for the info Definately helped me

pmad
03-11-2015, 03:44 PM
Doing high burn as they instructed now

smokin30-06
03-11-2015, 03:57 PM
Doing high burn as they instructed now


Please post pics if there is anything to see.

pmad
03-11-2015, 04:55 PM
Please post pics if there is anything to see.

Sorry, already cleaned.
Looked much like the earlier picture.
Scrubbed with Simple Green and then wiped with wet rag.

The warm water I was dipping the rag in ended up looking like beef broth.

pmad
03-11-2015, 05:23 PM
Oh, btw, my plate setter is white again.

bosco0633
03-11-2015, 06:28 PM
This is crazy

ssv3
03-11-2015, 06:43 PM
Oh, btw, my plate setter is white again.

Yep! It turns all white inside like brand new when you burn it out. I've done the safe clean burn a few times and it's like a brand new unit.

Here's a pic after a high heat pizza cook. Notice the firebox color. It was greasy black before the cook.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-uBTpDTe_zIM/UkTmExkG9dI/AAAAAAAACSE/SMCtnLUsmoA/w702-h527-no/20130926_184457.jpg

drbbq
03-11-2015, 07:30 PM
I think you just need to cook more often. That seems to solve a lot of moisture problems. I have two Eggs in my yard. One gets used constantly and doesn't have this problem. The other rarely gets used and does. Hmmmm...

pmad
03-11-2015, 08:51 PM
I think you just need to cook more often. That seems to solve a lot of moisture problems. I have two Eggs in my yard. One gets used constantly and doesn't have this problem. The other rarely gets used and does. Hmmmm...

I cook a few times a week
But almost always low and slow