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Gasket? What gasket?

Jersey DougJersey Doug Posts: 460
edited 4:28AM in EggHead Forum
After several weeks of dithering, I finally removed the charred remains of the gasket from our Small and cleaned off as much of the adhesive residue as I could manage. Then I adjusted the bands to minimize the gap between the base and the dome with no gasket to take up the slop. The best I could manage was somewhere between 1/16" and 1/8" at the back. I didn't try rotating the dome in search of a better fit but that's something else I can try.

I set the Egg up for my standard indirect pizza cook. Wisps of smoke came out through the gap during startup, but it came up to temperature as quickly as ever. The pizzas cooked just as always, which is to say wonderfully. The only difference was that the Egg took a LOT longer to cool off and it burned quite a bit of additional lump in the process. That's something I can live with for now.

I need to come up with a pizza setup for one of the Eggs (we have a Small and a Large) that doesn't incinerate the gasket. I'm convinced that the problem is not so much the temperature as it is the pizza stone and or the indirect piece interrupting the flow of the hot air and directing it against the gasket. But in the meantime, I have my no-gasket pizza cooker to get us through the winter months without a worry.

Comments

  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    Hey Doug,here is my pizza set-up.I use the platesetter(legs-up)with the grid on top,then the stone on the grid.I believe that this helps to keep the direct heat away from the gasket(no scientific evidence though) ;)

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  • Hi Doug, I've been looking for an excuse to buy a plate setter for the Large :-) Where does your setup put the stone heightwise relative to the gasket?
  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    Hey Doug,the stone is still at gasket level,but the platesetter(legs-up)is deflecting the heat much lower than(not toward)the gasket :)
  • KitarkusKitarkus Posts: 151
    I do the exact same thing on my medium....no problems with my old trusty gasket. Everyone is putting the fear of God in me with their gasket issues...but I haven't had one. knock...knock

    Jason
    KC
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