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    Frozen Kamado

    I live in Massachusetts and in the winter time by Kamado grill freezes shut and I can't get the lid open to cook.

    Two questions:

    1) Anyone know how I can prevent this from happening?

    2) Anyone know the best way to open a frozen Kamado grill?

    Thanks for any feedback.

    Bill

    #2
    Not sure how to open, but something like wax paper when has cooled down should do the trick when you are finished cooking.

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      #3
      I have the Keg and have never had that problem but I do keep it covered year round.
      As for getting open depending on the size of the lower damper build a small fire in there and let the heat do its job.
      You could flash a blow torch around the gasket between the body and lid where it looks frozen as a last resort....very last....

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        #4
        Hair dryer.

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          #5
          I know I've read guys starting a very small fire to slowly heat things up.

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            #6
            Yep, use some tumble weed starters (or any starter) and push a few coals in there thru the bottom vent and leave it for 30 minutes.

            To avoid having mine freeze again I just place a log between the lid and the bottom half, so it’s open 3-4 inches. Done deal, works every winter.

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              #7
              Well the Houston winters aren't so tough. Move on down to Texas pardner! No state income tax and brisket goes on sale all summer. Plus, the lids never freeze.

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              • EdF
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                Yabbut then there's Houston summer - a whole different quandary! ;-)

              • texastweeter
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                EdF make man outta ya. Put some hair on yer knuckles.

              • EdF
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                Already got plenty - gift of the genetics. ;-)

              #8
              I've always said I'd miss the seasons moving to Texas....man I'm an idiot....

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                #9
                I take the chimney Cap off and drop in some paraffin cubes or I light some lump and drop it in the top. Then I damp it down a bit to trap the heat.

                A good way to keep it from freezing is to keep it covered, but even then, it can still freeze shut. After I am done cooking, I will damp down the whole kamado, seal it up tight and let it burn out. I think it helps to bake the gasket out and dry it out.

                Also, your gasket might be old and in need of replacement.

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                • tbob4
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                  Good answer even though mine has never experienced that. I routinely burn things hot at the end for cleaning. You answer makes complete sense. That's why you are a Moderator!

                • EdF
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                  Good reminder. I haven't had that issue since I stopped using a gasket.

                #10
                Easy fix buy a cover end or keep inside. Mine sits on the deck with a cover and no issues.

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