Well have you ever gone to use your ceramic cooker in the middle of winter and discovered the lid was frozen shut? I have experience this a few time with my Kamado Joe and Big Green Egg. It can be very disappointing in finding your cooker frozen shut. I will show you how easy it is to properly unthaw your cooker and get you back up and running within half hour.
- Trying to pry open you frozen shut ceramic cooker will end up in ripping apart your gaskets.
- Trying to separate the frozen shut lid with sharp objects will result in damaged gasket and can damage the ceramic.
The preferred method is to unthaw it in its present location. You can easily unthaw your cooker by following these few simple steps:
- Unthaw the daisy wheel using a regular air blower/dryer or heat gun this can take a minute or two (if you don’t have access to electrical outlet you can use a torch but be very careful not to burn yourself) ounce unthawed leave open your daisy wheel and leave it in the wide open position;
- Now you want to use the air blower/dryer and unthaw the bottom vent. Ounce the bottom vent is unthawed place the bottom vent in its widest open position;
- Its now time to pour in a little bit of cooking oil inside the cooker via the daisy wheel. I usually put about ¼ cup of cooking oil (If your plate setter, heat deflector or pizza stone is still inside the BBQ skip this step!);
- Now place some crumpled up news paper under the fire bowl by using the access of the bottom vent. Its also a very good I deal to place a piece of paper towel soaked in cooking oil as well in the middle of the crumpled up news paper underneath the fire bowl;
- Now very carefully light up the news paper underneath the fire bowl;
- Let it burn for about 20-25 minutes.
Enjoy and happy grilling!