Yes indeed, another gasket thread. Sorry everyone...
Three weeks ago I took all of the great advice posted on this wonderful forum and installed a new gasket. Please believe me when I say I did not do a half a$$ed job on the install - I threw both cheeks into it! On the removal of the old gasket there was not a trace of old glue or felt to be found. I used the 3M Super 77 glue for the adhesive. Also, I took my time and made sure I did not stretch the new high heat gasket given to me by my beloved BBQ storefront (BBQ Outfitters). I left the egg alone for a week which was harder than removing all the glue and felt from the old gasket. I did a pilot standalone burn for about four hours that did not exceed 300F. The next day I did 12 hours worth of slow-n-low. Throughout the week I had several cooks but none ever exceeded 400F. Friday I decided to kick it up a notch and cooked a pair of NY Strips (they were the high point of my whole week!). The temp got away from me at one point and touched 600F for several minutes prior to putting the steaks on but I eased it back to 500F. Each time I opened the egg I was give a cautious eye to my gaskets The gasket was performing beautifully!
Today my wife begged me for an egg pizza as it has been a month since she's had one and is suffering from withdrawals. I figured I had about 25-30hrs at temps above 200F on the new gasket so I went for it. After about 10min at 600F the glue melted and the gasket fell off. The difference was that I never had the platesetter in place for direct heat for the other cooks. I'm convinced the platesetter is responsible for the early demise of my last gasket and quite possibly the premature failure this go around. To be clear, the gasket itself did not fail this time but rather the glue. There was such a strong smell of the burned glue accompanied by a fair amount of smoke from the gasket area that we were afraid to eat the pizza. We had take away pizza instead.
So there you have it. I'm contemplating my next move but was curious if others have suffered a similar fate. Was it too early to have a high heat cook like that? Is the egg really viable at high heat with the place setter set to direct? I ask because the flames seem to be drawn outward toward the gasket. Should I consider finding an industrial epoxy?
If you've made it this far, thanks for being my shoulder to cry on.