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Fried gasket question

smalljawssmalljaws Posts: 58
edited 12:26PM in EggHead Forum
I had an unfortunate incident Saturday night that resulted in my gasket getting burned, as well as my eyelashes and forearm hair. Not a pleasant smell. The gasket on the top half of the egg in the front is mostly gone, but the bottom half is fairly well intact.

I guess I should replace the gasket sooner than latter, but I am curious what problems I might encounter with the current gasket. Does the damage to the gasket cause difficulties in maintaining temperatures or achieving low temperatures? Anyone cook without the gasket?

Thanks

Comments

  • Why1504Why1504 Posts: 277
    You really, really need a gasket. The fire won't start as well, burn as hot, hold temps, and the gasket acts as a cushion between the top part of the egg and the bottom. Changing the gasket is easy. Loosen the lower band and lift off the top of the egg. Take a propane or mapp tourch and burn/heat the gasket. As you heat the gasket up take a scraper/putty knife ahd scrape off the gasket and any glue that remains. Let cool (just do the top while the bottom cools). Take rubbing alchol and a clean cotton towel and wipe down the area where the gasket was. Stick the new gasket down. Reset the top and tighten the band. Let it sit for a day or 2 and you are done. First time 1 hour, after that 30 min.
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