Just had my BGE since April 2, 2012. The gasket burned throught. Mind you, I use the BGE ever yweekend, usually on Friday & Saturday. Purchased a new gasket from local dealer. They told me the gasket should last longer. New gasket instructions clearly state gasket material should not should not be on the inside of the rim. The old gasket was on the inside of the rim all the way around on top & bottom. It came from the dealer that way. I installed the new gasket according to the instructions. I hope that fixes the gasket issue.