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Old 01-25-2008, 11:19 PM   #1
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WSM bottom vents siezed up

The bottom vents on my WSM are damn near impossible to adjust. One moves, one takes a lot of force, and the third one will bend and not move. I gotta get it ready for the Frozen Few. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:23 PM   #2
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Run it threw the dishwasher. But seriously I'd try a shot of WD-40.
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Old 01-26-2008, 05:46 AM   #3
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Like Pigs said, WD-40. Let it set in for an hour or so and give it another shot and let it set in for a while then try to move it easy!
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WD-40 sucks. Get some PB Blaster!
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Old 01-26-2008, 06:40 AM   #5
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I would NOT use WD-40. Griff light a chimney of charcoal and pour it in the charcoal ring, thenjust put the lid on with the top vent half way open. That should create enough heat to loosen up the vents. Then spray cooking oil on them if you want.
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Old 01-26-2008, 06:53 AM   #6
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spray with cooking oil, take a hammer and whack the vertical flaps
sideways gently until it breaks free...spray again and you should
be fine.
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:11 AM   #7
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WD-40 sucks. Get some PB Blaster!
Blaster is great stuff. Got my parking brake cables freed up on my old Chevy!
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:49 AM   #8
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Once you get them unstuck....cook more often that will prevent them from rusting in place.
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WD-40 sucks. Get some PB Blaster!
Thats great stuff...I buy it by the case !

WD40 is actually a water displacer (WD)..great for spraying on wet spark plug wires !
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Use the WD-40 then burn a fire once before cooking and you won't have any problems.
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