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Fried The Gasket

unit26unit26 Posts: 53
edited December 2011 in EggHead Forum
I am a new egg owner and a new forum member.    The wife and I bought the egg as a Christmas present for each other as I have been wanting one for a while.    
First attempt to cook a couple of pizzas ended with a burnt gasket.    While trying to get egg to 425 degrees and skyping with relatives for Christmas, I let the egg reach 700 degrees.   I was having a hard time getting over 350 so I opened the top vent completely and went inside.  When I returned the temp was at 700 and the part of the gasket not covered by top had turned black and hard.   I still have a good 1/2 of an inch of gasket left all around so I am asking if I should replace it or let it go until it burns completely.

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  • Peter CreaseyPeter Creasey Posts: 253
    edited December 2011
    I suggest that you just keep on using it as is until it somehow begins to cause a problem.

    . . . . .  Pete

  • My gasket has been toast for a couple years. Still able to hold 225 domme for 18the hour brisket
  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,905
    edited December 2011
    I'd either scrape it off and don't use any gasket or replace it with a Rutland gasket.  If you leave it half burnt / half on, you'll have leaks here and there.  Having leaks isn't the end of the world, but it doesn't help when it comes to shutting down the egg and trying to save lump for the next cook.
    Packerland, Wisconsin

  • Check out fredsmusicandbbq.com for a video on replacing it with a nomex gasket. I did both of my eggs and it works much better than the stock gasket.
  • DMurfDMurf Posts: 481
    I hear your pain. Shortly after I had gotten my egg I was doing a pizza cook and totally fried my gasket, pizza was still great BTW. Contacted BGE and they sent out a replacement High Temp gasket and I have not had an issue since. 

    I also highly recommend checking out fredsmusicandbbq.com for a great video tutorial on how to prep your new gasket, remove the old one, and install. While I waited for my replacement gasket I kept on cooking just every time I opened the dome I was reminded that this thing gets HOT.

    Welcome to the club of EGG owners that have fried their gaskets...
    David
    BBQ since 2010 - Oh my, what I was missing.
  • Gasket? Oh,Yeah. I remember having a gasket on my egg. It got toasted and fell away, bit-by-bit. I haven't missed it. It still goes to 700 F and seals tight enough to smother the fire when the top and vent are closed.

    Forget the gasket. It's just a complication.

    Dan
  • unit26unit26 Posts: 53
    Thanks for all the replys.   I think I will leave it as is for now.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,644
    Gasket? Oh,Yeah. I remember having a gasket on my egg. It got toasted and fell away, bit-by-bit. I haven't missed it. It still goes to 700 F and seals tight enough to smother the fire when the top and vent are closed.


    Forget the gasket. It's just a complication.



    Dan
    Do as Dan put it. Have three egss and zero gaskets (for a long time).....
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • SteveWPBFLSteveWPBFL Posts: 1,323
    Did the same, buried the thermometer, ordered new Nex
  • ordered new Nex
    ?
    Packerland, Wisconsin

  • Mike8itMike8it Posts: 468
    Just saw a website for High-que gaskets. These are nomex gaskets that are self-adhesive. According to the website you do not need to disassemble your egg. Just curious if anyone has used these and if they are any good. http://www.high-que.com/Nomex-Gasket-Adhesive-Upgrade-X-Large/dp/B004OVAYJ8
  • When I got an Egg a year ago I did a lot of reading on this forum and bought a Nomex gasket, preparing for the inevitable day when I'd toast my stock gasket. 

    That happened 6 months ago and I have never noticed any problems resulting from having a crispy gasket. The Nomex gasket is in a box somewhere. I'll install it someday when fooling with it sounds like more fun than cooking and eating... It's gonna be a while. 

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