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Extinguishing the fire

Trout BumTrout Bum Posts: 343
edited 6:50PM in EggHead Forum
I have seen posts with insrtuctions to replace daisy wheel with the dome cap and others that say to leave daisy wheel on when shuting down the EGG. WHICH IS THE BEST?[p]I checked the gasket seal on my EGG with paper (this is a great way to check for air spaces in the seal). Cut paper (normal writting paper works fine) into about 2 x 8 1/2 inch wide strips. Now slightly open the lid and then close it on a slip of the paper held length wise. If when you pull on the paper you fell definite resistence, then you have a good seal in that area. Less than a .004 inch gap as most paper is .004 inches thick. Try this in variuos areas around the perimeter of the seal. If the paper will pull out with almost no resistence in a certain area then try (2) sheets, (3) sheets, etc. until you feel resistence again. If it takes (4) thicknesses of paper you have a .016 inch gap in your seal (that's about 1/64 of an inch). You could see light through that space if there was some on the other side.[p]This leads to my next question. I have a tight seal everywhere except on the back right side of my large EGG and it is 1/64 inch. Is this acceptable or not? Will this gap hinder extinguishing the fire?[p]Thanks for your help,


  • EarlEarl Posts: 468
    Big Daddy,[p] I also have a larger gap at the rear of the lid, the seal has torn away, but only alittle. I have never had a problem getting the fire to go out once I shut things down. The only thing I do , is to open & close the lower door afew times This will clean the ashes from the track and allow the door the seal beter. I then make sure the openings on the daisy wheel are closed tight also. From then on the fire can't breath and the flame goes out.[p]Earl
  • Tim MTim M Posts: 2,410
    Big Daddy,[p]I dought the little gap will hurt much. I have a little gap where my felt ends meet at the rear and smoke comes out in small amounts, but no problems with temps or snuffing the fire.[p]""I have seen posts with insrtuctions to replace daisy wheel with the dome cap and others that say to leave daisy
    wheel on when shuting down the EGG. WHICH IS THE BEST?""[p]To answer your question, I would think the best way is to completely cut off oxygen to the fire. To do this you need to seal the Egg as best you can. We all know that the Egg will cook away even with the daisy closed - it leaks a little. Therefore it stands to reason that it would also leak, a little, when snuffing the fire - so the rain cap makes a good choice. You can snuff the fire in many ways and they all work, but the fastest way is to completely cut off oxygen. [p]My Eggs live outside under the blue skies or rainy clouds. I have always had to replace the daisy (or slide/daisy) with the rain cap in case a shower hits us. The daisy tops leak air and water!![p]Tim

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