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New Egg owner - change gasket out before first cook?

Hi all-

New Large BGE owner here. One thing I'm most excited about with the egg is pizza. I currently have rigged my home oven to get to 800' to bake my Neapolitan pies in about 90 seconds. Since I know I'll be getting my egg in the 700-800 range, should I go ahead and change out the gasket to a Nomex before I even use the egg? Figured it may be easier to remove now compared to after a few cooks. 

Thanks!
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    If it's new it should already have the Nomex.  If, for whatever reason, you do remove it, it's not that bad a job if you warm up the egg first.  Just start cooking, is my advice.
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  • It's a gray wool gasket which I didn't think looked like the Nomex pictures I've seen.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    Their new Nomex are sometimes gray.  If it's new (and not new old stock - NOS) it's Nomex. They changed that a while back...well, months ago.
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • The new nomex is a bright gray, the old felt ones are dark grey. If it's a felt, peel it off before it heat cures on there, much easier. 
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  • If it is the old gasket, your dealer will give you a new BGE high heat gasket, all new eggs ship with the Nomex type gasket. Ask your dealer, that's why he is there and that's why he made a fair, albeit rather high profit when you became his client. 
    I would not buy a Nomex before I burned off all the gaskets my dealer will give me under warranty, but that's just me.

    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • Here's a picture of my gasket. Is this the new, Nomex high heat one?

    Thanks!
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  • Replacing the gasket before the first cook would be like siphoning the gas out of a new car before you drive it off the lot. I'd cook with it until it fails and then replace it.
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  • @brandonb that appears to be the new gasket
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  • Looks like the nomex to me too
    LBGE
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
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  • that's definitely the new gasket.
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  • Awesome, thanks everyone! First cook tonight! Starting with an spatched chicken!
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