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How about NO PADDING?
Given how easily and quickly my padding dysfunctioned (see early message today), what would happen if I didn't replace it and cooked without it?
Bud Jones,[p]You can definitely cook without the gaskets. You'll want to see how much air leakage there is after you scrape the gaskets from the top and bottom. Just take extra care when closing the Egg. No gaskets on the Egg is like having bone on bone, with no cartilage in between.[p]With that said I recommend that you replace the gaskets. I replace the gaskets when needed, which by the way is on to-do schedule right now.[p]Puj
You will/would see it difficult to hold low temps and to snuff out the fire when finished. After a few hard closings you might see a chip or two come off too. Gaskests are easy to replace too. [p]Tim
Bud Jones,[p]You can certainly use your Egg without the seals. Temp control will act slightly different than when the seals were tight, tending to be a bit higher with the same vent settings. As Puj stated, be careful with closing the dome.[p]Spin
After my first high temp. cook with my large BGE I had the same problem. I managed to pry the seals apart and get the old seals back in place - they were still very sticky. I have used the egg for about 2 years after that with the old seals replaced without incident. I have since bought new gasket material but have not had to install it.
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