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Rutland on my XL - start to finish

ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,862
edited March 2012 in EggHead Forum
Installed a Rutland yesterday, that I got from Ron (RRP) back in February. I've been anxiously waiting for the weather to warm up here in Wisconsin.

I can't wait any longer, 45 degrees and sunny is going to have to do! I purchased a tube of Permatex Ultra Copper and a paint stripping wheel for the drill.

I first used a paint scrapper to remove the majority of the old (original) felt. It took maybe 5 minutes for both the lid and the base, it came off quite easily.

I then got the drill out with the paint stripper wheel to get the glue and remaining felt off. I spent 25 minutes each on the base and the lid. I had to recharge my drill between the base and the lid.

I now laid down the permatex in a zig zag pattern and used a trowel to even it out. I started out trying to do 5 inches at a time but that didn't work well for me. Too much going back and forth squeezing out permatex and pushing the Rutland it. I was making a mess and getting the permatex all over the gasket. I decided to go a 1/4 of the egg at a time. This went much smoother for me as I could just concentrate on laying the gasket down while bunching it. If I had to do it again, I think I'd put the entire permatex down first and then lay down the whole gasket. Maybe it was because it was only 45 degrees, but I never got the feeling that the permatex would have set/dried by the time I got all the way around? It really doesn't take long once the glue is on. I ended up using about 94 inches on my XL. It seems to cover the entire width of rim all the way around after "bunching" it. Also, I probably used about 1/2 the tube of permatex.

Loosening the top band:
<img src="http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1da22b3127ccefc93e473f04900000030O09EaOWLRs2B7efAA/cC/f=0/ps=50/r=0/rx=550/ry=400/&quot; border="0" width="550"> <br><br><strong>Removed the lid:</strong> <br><img src="http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1da22b3127ccefc92434311ce00000030O09EaOWLRs2B7efAA/cC/f=0/ps=50/r=0/rx=720/ry=480/&quot; border="0" width="620"> <br><br><strong>Removing old gasket with scrapper:</strong> <br><img src="http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1da22b3127ccefc93b2a9718800000030O09EaOWLRs2B7efAA/cC/f=0/ps=50/r=0/rx=720/ry=480/&quot; border="0" width="620"> <br><br><strong>Gasket off. Time to clean the edge:</strong> <br><img src="http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1da22b3127ccefc923387113200000030O09EaOWLRs2B7efAA/cC/f=0/ps=50/r=0/rx=720/ry=480/&quot; border="0" width="620"> <br><br><strong>Paint & Rust remover for drill:</strong> <br><img src="http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1da22b3127ccefc93ca9cf0b100000030O09EaOWLRs2B7efAA/cC/f=0/ps=50/r=0/rx=720/ry=480/&quot; border="0" width="620"> <br><br><strong>Ready to start stripping:</strong> <br><img src="http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1da22b3127ccefc9397df317400000030O09EaOWLRs2B7efAA/cC/f=0/ps=50/r=0/rx=720/ry=480/&quot; border="0" width="620"> <br><br><strong>Lid is cleaned:</strong> <br><img src="http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1da22b3127ccefc9373a8b04100000030O09EaOWLRs2B7efAA/cC/f=0/ps=50/r=0/rx=720/ry=480/&quot; border="0" width="620"> <br><br><strong>Base is cleaned:</strong> <br><img src="http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1da22b3127ccefc93a175b0f500000030O09EaOWLRs2B7efAA/cC/f=0/ps=50/r=0/rx=720/ry=480/&quot; border="0" width="620"> <br><br><strong>Applying the Rutland with the Permatex:</strong> <br><img src="http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1da22b3127ccefc936c13f06d00000030O09EaOWLRs2B7efAA/cC/f=0/ps=50/r=0/rx=720/ry=480/&quot; border="0" width="620"> <br><br><strong>Rutland is on!:</strong> <br><img src="http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1da22b3127ccefc921a94d09d00000030O09EaOWLRs2B7efAA/cC/f=0/ps=50/r=0/rx=720/ry=480/&quot; border="0" width="620"> <br><img src="http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1da22b3127ccefc927451d06f00000030O09EaOWLRs2B7efAA/cC/f=0/ps=50/r=0/rx=720/ry=480/&quot; border="0" width="620"> <br><br><strong>Seam in the back:</strong> <br><img src="http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1da22b3127ccefc92497611fe00000030O09EaOWLRs2B7efAA/cC/f=0/ps=50/r=0/rx=720/ry=480/&quot; border="0" width="620"> <br><br><strong>Lid back on after 2 hours, time to cure:</strong> <br><img src="http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1da22b3127ccefc92a223514600000030O09EaOWLRs2B7efAA/cC/f=0/ps=50/r=0/rx=720/ry=480/&quot; border="0" width="620"> 
Packerland, Wisconsin

Comments

  • HicHic Posts: 350
    Very nice, looks good. I'm thinking I'll do the Rutland when the time comes.

    Large, medium, small and a mini. Egg'n, golfing, beer drinking, camping and following football and baseball.
    Atlanta NOTP suburbia.

  • Austin SmokerAustin Smoker Posts: 1,467
    Too funny...I put one on my large yesterday in much the same way -except I didn't even bother cleaning the top or removing it. Won't be able to cook on it til tomorrow nite, but really looking forward to a low&slow as i've been gasketless for over a year and the wind wreaks havoc with me....no more!
  • Nice work and pictorial R. D.
  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,862
    Austin Smoker wrote:
    i've been gasketless for over a year and the wind wreaks havoc with me....no more!

    Same here. I had a huge 8-10 inch gap (gasket gone on top and bottom) but the rest of the gasket was fine, therefore the big air gap. I'd shut it down after a cook and all the charcoal would completely burn up anyway with the air getting in there.
    Packerland, Wisconsin

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