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'Fused' gasket?

berndcrispberndcrisp Posts: 740
edited November 2013 in EggHead Forum
Did a clean burn in the mini yesterday. I cannot open the dome and it appears as though the gasket(s) have fused together. I tried a stiff putty knife and hammer to no avail and quit before I had to use excessive force. Do you think that top loading hot lump will loosen it? These are the original gaskets.
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 14,667
    Hammer??? Never use a hammer on an egg! Your best bet is a putty knife and work it in and around until it frees up. BTW most likely your gasket is toast anyway.
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  • DMWDMW Posts: 5,836
    Never had this myself, but have head of loading through the ash door and lighting a fire there to heat it up and getting it to release.
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  • Seanr7Seanr7 Posts: 207
    So, would aluminum foil between the gaskets keep this from happening in a clean burn?
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,584
    Did you have the older gaskets (darker color)? They melt pretty easily. Call the mothership and they will send you a new set, unless you want the Rutland gasket from RRP.

    If the gasket fused then you probably need a more than just a starter cubes worth of heat in there. Light up a chimney of lump and start dropping in pieces from the top or build a fire from the bottom intake. I don't know if the base will tolerate lump directly on it though.  

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  • Thank you all. I got it open with a very sharp knife. There were about 5 spots where grease or food glops glued it shut. 
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