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Going gasket-less

tmastmas Posts: 23
edited June 2012 in EggHead Forum
I've fried my gasket and while I wait for my new gasket to arrive, how do I cook gasket-less?  I am going to scrap off the old gasket, anything else I need to know or do?

Thanks!
XL BGE
Katy, TX (otherwise known as Far West Houston)

Comments

  • AdamdAdamd Posts: 160
    Just be a touch more careful when closing the lid.

    I have not used a gasket since about the 3-4th day after I bought my egg since it fried off. I don't notice any problems with it and my fire goes out quick when you close the vents. I don't think you will have any problems. I would not worry about it. However I have left whatever gasket is left on mine I did not remove it. I would maybe wait until your new gasket comes in before you do a full gasket removal.
  • reh111reh111 Posts: 146
    The only problem with not having a gasket is the same as having a fried gasket - it doesn't provide a seal and if you're smoking something the smoke will escape through the closure.  But I don't think that's a big problem unless you just can't stand for smoke to be coming our anywhere but from the top.  I suppose that not having one could allow air into the dome and affect the temperature but as long as you are watching your thermometer and adjusting the vents accordingly, it shouldn't make too much difference.
  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,290
    Dont do anything different. Just cook your food and forget all about the gasket.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • AlligatorAlligator Posts: 35
    My gasket got fried when cooking a pizza at about 700-800 degrees.  A couple weeks later I smoked a tri-tip using some apple wood chunks.  I only saw smoke coming out of the multi-function metal top (daisy wheel).  I have been running gasket-less until I figure there is a benefit to put a new one?
  • JerkChickenJerkChicken Posts: 551
    My gasket's been fried since the first time I cooked on it almost a year ago. Never had an issue and I do a wide variety of cooks.
    LBGE, Weber OTG w/ Rotisserie, Weber Genesis S-330, Chargriller Duo, AR-15, AK-47
  • reh111reh111 Posts: 146
    I fried my gasket within a couple of weeks after I got the BGE - ordered a Nomex High Heat gasket and installed it - did a clean burn to clean up a plate setter last week - Nomex may make a "high heat" gasket but "high heat" doesn't include about 800 degrees doing a clean burn - now I've got smoke coming out the closure - I've decided it's no big deal - COOK ON !!!!!
  • Damn, I'm about to go torch mine! I'm feeling kinda left out
    Conway, S.C.
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,244
    What's a gasket? I'd leave the remains of it on until your new one comes. I've got a replacement floating around somewhere.....maybe some day I'll even put it on the Egg.

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 13,968
    Dont do anything different. Just cook your food and forget all about the gasket.

    Do what he said :ar!
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini.... 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015

  • gtk10583gtk10583 Posts: 77
    Gasket?  What gasket?  We ain't got no gasket.  WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' GASKET!
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 11,016
    It still cooks without a gasket.  That said, if you're smoking, the more carbon monoxide you can keep in the grill, the bigger the smoke ring in the meet, and the gasket definitely helps there.
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  • tazcrashtazcrash Posts: 1,747
    Funny, Mine cooks fine without a gasket, but seems there are issues if we run out of Chef Lubricant
    Bx - > NJ ->TX!!! 
    All to get cheaper brisket! 
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 4,846
    @tazcrash-Somehow I figured while the gasket was a "waiting to fail given" Chef Lubricant" could be reasonably anticipated and overly compensated for on the front-end of the cook.  Of course, if the cook runs long then there could be supply chain issues but better to have a 200% reserve, just in case :)>-
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  • tazcrashtazcrash Posts: 1,747
    @tazcrash-Somehow I figured while the gasket was a "waiting to fail given" Chef Lubricant" could be reasonably anticipated and overly compensated for on the front-end of the cook.  Of course, if the cook runs long then there could be supply chain issues but better to have a 200% reserve, just in case :)>-
    Got it. go easy on Chef lube early, apply more liberally as cook progress, and ALWAYS make sure there is a reserve for extra long stalls! 
     


    Bx - > NJ ->TX!!! 
    All to get cheaper brisket! 
  • uncledaveuncledave Posts: 87
    I went 6 months gasketless. No Problems. Put on a new Hi-que gasket. I think I use less lump now. It kills the fire faster when done.
  • EggdamEggdam Posts: 211
    I went 6 months gasketless. No Problems. Put on a new Hi-que gasket. I think I use less lump now. It kills the fire faster when done.
    That is what I noticed. However I think my egg cooks the same but takes a fair bit longer to put out. The extra lump usage is from no gasket.

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