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Gasket Failed

otterotter Posts: 219
edited August 2012 in EggHead Forum
Hi folks,
Sunday I did Car Wash Mikes Ribs, they turned out great.
I had not done a burn off for a while, so I opened the LBGE and let her go. (bought it last spring)
When I got home from work Mondday I opened it up to clean it out and the top gasket had stuck to the bottom and ripped . About 8" was hanging in the back by the hinge. I called Headquarters and Bruce asked a few questions and is sending me a new high heat gasket, it is self adhesive, new and improved gasket. Super nice guy! I have read here about no gasket, other brands etc... We'll see how this one works. Great company.
Pure Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan  LBGE, SBGE

Comments

  • xraypat23xraypat23 Posts: 421
    self adhesive? directly from BGE? waiting to hear if this is actually true!
  • tazcrashtazcrash Posts: 1,851
    xraypat23 said:
    self adhesive? directly from BGE? waiting to hear if this is actually true!
    +1. they sent me the non-self adhesive, and I applied with 3m super 77 as instructed. 
    Since then I've had to re-attach in a few places, and used permatex instead. That's been working out for me.

    Bx - > NJ ->TX!!! 
    All to get cheaper brisket! 
  • I called BGE in Canada and they sent me a new Gasket should be here today.  It is suppose to be high heat.  I will report back.
  • JWBurnsJWBurns Posts: 334
    They actually called you back? Wow. I was only able to reach them via email. 

    The new gasket I received is self adhesive as well. 
  • chuffchuff Posts: 255
    xraypat23 said:
    self adhesive? directly from BGE? waiting to hear if this is actually true!

    As I've posted in several other threads BGE sent me a self adhesive high heat nomex gasket a few weeks ago when I torched my gasket making pizza. I installed it and so far it has been great. It's holding up very well to quite a few high heat cooks and the adhesive backing was good.
    XL BGE
  • My gasket failed twice after doing a high heat clean up after a season's worth of grease formed in the top of the lid. It seamed that once the egg cooled, all the grease would flow down during the clean and would form an adhesive that would destroy the gasket when I opened it the next time I needed to smoke.

    Now I heat the egg up to 600-650 F for a couple of hours, shut it down until all the coals go out, then open the top until it's cooled.

    Been safe ever since.

  • Yes they actually called me back.  The service has been great.
  • Okay just after posting the door bell rang.  My replacement gasket arrived but it was not self adhesive.   It was however a high heat replacement gasket.  My original is grey and this one is white.  Anyone know how well this will hold up to high heats?
  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 2,742
    My replacement from bge was high heat in gray with adhesive back. So far so good, have not done a pizza yet though.
    Seattle, WA
  • timekpr1timekpr1 Posts: 151
    edited August 2012
    Interestingly enough I was at a recent EggFest and a BGE representative told me that you really do not need a gasket.  I cannot imagine they had nomex gaskets in Japan.
    Mama always said, Grilling was like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you're gonna get.
  • xraypat23xraypat23 Posts: 421
    it holds up very well as long as the dome's aligned. I did a high heat burn and my egg had a slight overbite, im now missing about a 1/4 of the gasket on the bottom of my egg. The rest of it is fine.
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,193
    My 2 month old MBGE blew its gasket, just fell off on one side - interestingly enough it was the side I usually light the lump on. Once replaced, I'll try lighting in different sides and the middle. I was a bit disappointed at the short life of the gasket, this egg has never been over 600F. 

    My dealer had a GKHDL, self adhesive backed gasket replacement kit for $4.60. Rather than wait for one from BGE, I figured for <$5 I'd just get on with it. Seems to have installed OK, will try it out tomorrow. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • ccpoulin1ccpoulin1 Posts: 389
    SkinnyV said:
    My replacement from bge was high heat in gray with adhesive back. So far so good, have not done a pizza yet though.

    Same for me.  The gasket looks like the original, but says "high heat" and is self adhesive.  I just have not put it on yet.

    "You are who you are when nobody is looking"

  • chuffchuff Posts: 255
    timekpr1 said:
    Interestingly enough I was at a recent EggFest and a BGE representative told me that you really do not need a gasket.  I cannot imagine they had nomex gaskets in Japan.
    There are quite a few people that run naked. I tried it for about a week while I was waiting for my gasket to arrive and I had real problems keeping temps down - especially when there was a good wind blowing. The mating surfaces between my base and dome kind of suck, though. I had some pretty serious gaps. 
    XL BGE
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,375
    You really should realign the lid if you're going to go commando to minimize the leakage.
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  • AleBrewerAleBrewer Posts: 555
    edited August 2012
    I think Travis runs sans gasket without any issues....I haven't tried it yet. I may if the new nomex I just installed fails.

    I did spend a few minutes this morning getting my dome better aligned. A few small washers on one side of the upper band was that was needed.
  • HDmstngHDmstng Posts: 166
    You may not need the gasket for a good seal if everything is aligned, but another possible benefit of the gasket would be to protect the ceramic from chipping and cracking.  A dome that becomes misaligned or accidentally closing the dome on something hard could cause a chip or crack without the gasket.
  • What are the new high heat gaskets that BGE sells or uses as replacements made of.  The one they sent me was white and was not self adhesive and others are grey and self adhesive.
  • I replaced my gasket on my large bge, however now the alignment is off and the gasket "crimps" in the back and the seal isn't good on the sides.  Any tips?
  • tazcrashtazcrash Posts: 1,851
    @ Arlington:
    I removed the lid when I changed my gasket, but I would do the following: 
    With the lid shut, loosen the top and bottom bands (remove springs, zip-tie together, or use white plastic pieces that came with it to prevent the bands from popping open, maybe causing injury).
    Realign the top and bottom, 
    Put the bands back on, and tighten. 
    Bx - > NJ ->TX!!! 
    All to get cheaper brisket! 
  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 2,742
    BTW, I'm not big on the dollar bill test. I get a much easier slide below the handle area but have yet to see one bit of smoke leak through the base to lid.
    Seattle, WA
  • xraypat23xraypat23 Posts: 421
    i put the bolts on fairly tight, egg had an underbite, i tightened up the bands when it was hot, no more underbite. I don't know if it was right to do, but it made a huge difference.
  • AleBrewerAleBrewer Posts: 555
    Here's a video(not mine) where he shows how to adjust bands for alignment issues:


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