After practically being surrounded by eggheads in our neighborhood we finally bit the bullet in early August...The BGE is a revelation for sure. Just ordered a stainless fire grate to (hopefully) speed up the process a bit since we now cook 3-4 nights a week on the egg.
I am still having issues with the lid fit on the BGE. Specifically, the lid is slightly skewed to the rear. I had this issue in the beginning and could not get the bands adjusted to solve. I stripped a band bolt in the process of loosening/re-tightening that had to be cut off with dremel to be removed. I am wondering if some of the torque on this band when the nut was not turning may have imparted a new shape on the band (even though the issue predated the bolt problem). Now I have noticed that it appears the gasket is dragging when the lid is closing, thereby pulling the gasket off the egg.
I have searched the web and forums and found some suggested remedies:http://www.eggheadforum.com/discussion/comment/1091001
The main recommendation that I find is to make sure top and bottom bands are positioned fully in either direction against the stops. It seems this spacing is pre-detemined by the hinge assembly (see pictures). With the lid aligned, once i tighten the top band the lid is pulled toward the hinge to a different alignment. I tried holding the entire hinge assembly up to tighten the top, but that brought the bottom band up to the level of the gasket.
Since I have not specifically read about the gasket dragging issue I thought this might be a different problem.
Thanks in advance for helping a newbie!