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First time replacing a gasket need help!

michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,294
edited May 2012 in EggHead Forum

Ok, so as some of you know, I fried my stock gasket a week ago with a pizza cook. I have already pre shrunk one of the 2 new nomex gaskets that BGE sent me, I have super 77, a putty knive, acetone and a scrub brush. I have a few questions:

 

1.) Is the best way to remove the lid with the dome open and if so, I just release the tension bolts and pull it off right?

2.) How do I know when I have tightened the tension bolts properly? I am scared to break the ceramic. I have a torque wrench, but its lowest setting is 20lbs.

3.) Any tips? Let me know asap as I am now grabbing a beer and heading out to the deck!

 

Wish me luck and please give advice if you have it. (My EGG is an XL ftw)



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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 5,116

    Search gasket replacement here-all the above answered on a few recent posts.  Or google BGE gasket replacement and you will find lots of information.

     

    Louisville
  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,294
    Ive done all that, just wondered if there was more..



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  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,294
    I guess just remove these springs and then the 4 bolts holding the lid on...clean, let new glue sit to get tacky, stick new one on keeping in mind not to let it hang over the edges, let sit for 24hours.



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  • KristinnnKristinnn Posts: 133
    i wonder if i fib and tell them mine is fried they will give me the new ones.. i wont wanna wait for them in the mail when i do finally fry it
  • xraypat23xraypat23 Posts: 421
    from what I understand you can tighten the bolts all the way until they begin to bend. As far as removing the lid, get a helper and do it with the hinge closed, have someone hold it shut while you lift off the lid. Its heavy so have something sturdy and padded to sit it down on. Take the whole thing apart, all the guts, everything. put a couple towels over the base of the egg and invert the top into the bottom. Gives you a good work surface. I used acetone and a scraper. But it didn't come clean enough( i went gasket less for a while so I had some good buildup.) gave up the scraper and acetone and switched over to 40 and 60 grit sand paper on a DA. Got me down to nice white bare ceramic. I don't know if they send the gaskets in 2 separate bags for the XL, my large came in one long continuous coil. I spilt it in half and had about 6-8 inches to spare off each end. If you've got 2, might as well use 2 instead of having to patch together pieces. Use something SHARP to cut the gasket, that stuff is hard to get a nice clean cut.
  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,294
    ty xray im going at it now, only alone. and with the lid open and springs removed.



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  • xraypat23xraypat23 Posts: 421
    springs removed you should be fine...careful with that xl lid, I know the large was pretty heavy.
  • alyndalynd Posts: 93
    i wonder if i fib and tell them mine is fried they will give me the new ones.. i wont wanna wait for them in the mail when i do finally fry it
    They will make you send pictures of your fried gasket, along with some other info like where and when you purchased your egg.
  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,294
    edited May 2012
    i wonder if i fib and tell them mine is fried they will give me the new ones.. i wont wanna wait for them in the mail when i do finally fry it


    They will make you send pictures of your fried gasket, along with some other info like where and when you purchased your egg.

    I got my egg a month ago, and got 2 nomex sent to me already. An email, and a call. A guy named Duane asked a few questions, but never my name or where i bought from. Bruce answered my email and only said he was sending a replacement, never asked when i got the egg. I have the email if you guys want to see it.



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  • alyndalynd Posts: 93
    Duane Davis duane.davis@biggreenegg.com
    May 17 (8 days ago)
    to me
    Hi Adam,

    Please send me a photo of the gasket, your address used to register the warranty, and tell me where and when the grill was purchased.

    Thanks,

    Duane
  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,294
    apparently it is on a case by case basis. he never asked me for photos. or where i purchased.



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  • Mole351Mole351 Posts: 110
    I got the same email from Duane...sent him pics and he replied about a half hour later apologizing for inconvenience and saying new gasket is on way. Great customer service!
  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,294
    edited May 2012

    Yea, see I spoke to Duane and got this email from bruce. Duane sent me one, without asking me for pics, but he did try to insinuate that I didn't know what I as doing, and I set him straight on that really quick. Afterword, he gave me pointers, talked to me about cool things the egg can do and how he does them at home, and sent me a new gasket. So I got 2 of them 2 days later in the mail.

    Here is the email I sent:

    Please advise as to what type of gasket you will be replacing for my XL BGE. I know what I am doing, and wonder why BGE puts these garbage gaskets on a $1200 grill. Makes no sense to me or any of the other eggsperienced cookers that use this grill. I will accept a Nomex gasket only.


    --

    Thank you,

     

    Jason Bernal

    Laptops Unlimited MI

     

    Here is the response copied directly from my email:

    Hello Jason,

    I am sorry that you have had this trouble with your gasket. I will be sending you out a high heat (Nomex) gasket. Once installed you should have no further problems. Please email me your address and I will send it out today.

    Once again I apologize for the trouble and frustration.

    Thanks,

    Bruce

     

    Bruce Bohannon

    Customer Relations

     

    770.938.9394 .108 

    800.793.2292 .108

    770.938.9149   fax

    3417 Lawrenceville Highway

    Atlanta, GA  30084  USA

    B.Bohannon@BigGreenEgg.com

    facebook.com/biggreenegg

    www.BigGreenEgg.com

     

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  • mountaindewbassmountaindewbass Posts: 1,658
    They never asked me to send in pics. I called them two days ago
  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,294
    Ok, so last question. I replaced the gasket yesterday almost 22 hours ago. I want to have family over tonight for a "everyone makes their own personal pizza night," is it ok to fire this bad boy back to 700 degrees already? Should I burn the excess glue off first?



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  • cortguitarmancortguitarman Posts: 1,986
    I did some lower temp cooks first when I replaced mine.
    Mark Annville, PA
  • How long did it take for BGE to respond to you?  I sent them an email a couple days ago about my fried gasket with no response yet.  Maybe  I should email again?
  • njlnjl Posts: 768
    I just recently removed my dome in what was probably a misguided attempt to correct an underbite between the top/bottom.  I've got a LBGE, and just loosened the bolt for the top band with the egg closed, and when loose enough, just lifted the dome away.  The springs weren't an issue, and didn't try flipping the top ring up, even after the dome was removed.

    Since I hadn't done this for a while (since replacing my gasket a couple years ago) and neglected to do the dollar bill test before screwing with it, I don't know if I messed up my top/bottom seal...and though I corrected the underbite, now it appears to be just a bit off center side to side.  When I do the bill test now, there are areas (like the front, where the egg doesn't want to let it move at all, and other areas on the sides or back where the bill slides pretty freely.  i.e. I can feel/hear some resistance...but slide it easily.  I guess I'll know next cook when smoke comes out between the top and bottom or doesn't.
  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,294
    I am at 600 degrees now, 24 hours after intstalling the new nomex, and I smell glue/gasket burning. I have people over for pizza and do not know what to do. HELP



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  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,294
    edited May 2012

    Should I just wait till the smell goes away before putting pizzas on? Apparently I didnt wait enough for the gasket/glue to cure, because part of my nomex is coming off already.... I am so pissed right now and I have people over.



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  • mountaindewbassmountaindewbass Posts: 1,658
    How long did it take for BGE to respond to you?  I sent them an email a couple days ago about my fried gasket with no response yet.  Maybe  I should email again?
    I just called them. I sent an email and never heard back

  • gtk10583gtk10583 Posts: 77
    Go gasketless! I have been for several months now with no problems.
  • NDGNDG Posts: 867
    Yea im basically gasket-less now and grilling fine. My gasket was done so purchased replacement, then read numerous posts here that said . . No gasket, No problem. I'll probably replace it someday for the added protection ( drop the lid from flare, etc ) but im no hurry to coat my egg with nasty chemicals from the glue, etc.
    Columbus, Ohio
  • ducksbuddyducksbuddy Posts: 56
    :-c I have had my egg for a month now and my gasket lasted maybe 2 weeks, I went to the local fire place and wood stove retailer and picked up this woven wool, the guy there uses it on his BGE and said his still looks the same after 9 years,
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 5,116
    :-c I have had my egg for a month now and my gasket lasted maybe 2 weeks, I went to the local fire place and wood stove retailer and picked up this woven wool, the guy there uses it on his BGE and said his still looks the same after 9 years,
    Any additional info-brand name, application method, any pre/post application requirements/limitations...sounds like it could be another in the mix and very effective. 
    Louisville
  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,294

    My nomex burned right off last night. I only let it cure for 24 hours and the first cook was a pizza cook. Im ready to just go without.



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  • ducksbuddyducksbuddy Posts: 56
    :-c I have had my egg for a month now and my gasket lasted maybe 2 weeks, I went to the local fire place and wood stove retailer and picked up this woven wool, the guy there uses it on his BGE and said his still looks the same after 9 years,

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  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,294
    that looks like a rutland



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  • ducksbuddyducksbuddy Posts: 56
    You can holsd a blow torch to my stuff and it doesnt even phase it, also fire coes out no co2 in minutes ultra super seal!
  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,294
    Looks like a rutland



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