So yesterday evening I was cooking jerk chicken on my XL. I raised the lid to turn the pieces, when I tried to close the lid it got... well, wedged for lack of a better term. The lid would not close, it seemed to be out of alignment. I checked the bands, all were seated, the bolts were tight. I keep the moving parts of the band assembly sprayed down with WD 40, so I don't think I have a friction problem. The fire started flaring up and burning the chicken so I stood there and kept raising and trying to lower the dome, finally after about 3 or 4 minutes, the lid went down as normal. I was concerned that, if the lid would not close properly, the fire would not only burn up the chicken, but toast my recently reinstalled felt gaskets. As I thought about that I got really angry. The gasket replacement process is a real pain and I just did that last month. The more I thought about it, the madder I got. I paid over a thousand bucks for this XL (its the old style) and here I am with a sometimes non functional unit.
Has anyone else had problems with the dome not closing properly? I know the new model XLs have a much bigger handle and hinge system but I don't think I ought to have to shell out more money for that.
I am going out later this morning to check things over, but as I said, the bands are all seated and all the bolts are as tight as they'll go. If anyone has some advice I'd appreciate hearing it. I am very frustrated at this point.
BTW, I like this new forum. Much faster and I like being able to load pictures directly.