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MES removing wood chip lid that's rusted


Joined Feb 18, 2020
Hey all,

I got a MES 30" from a friend for free but it's in kinda rough condition. It doesn't turn on and I'm fairly certain it's the heating element. I'm trying to remove it but I've got to remove the wood chip lid in order to get to that last ground screw and pull it out, but it looks like it's rusted on fairly well and also stripped a bit.

Is it safe to blast it with some rust remover to try to get it to loosen up?


Legendary Pitmaster
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Joined Jun 20, 2013
Doesn't really seem like you have much in the way of options. Just make sure you do a thorough cleaning before you use the MES.


Master of the Pit
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Joined Jan 7, 2017
For the price of a screw I would just drill it out. From there you can clean as you like.

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