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A northern Colorado Egghead since 2012!
XL and a Small BGE.
I roll with Rutland...once and done. Search box type Rutland and you will find some great info.
Got a "seasoned" Nomex on one that will be replaced with Rutland in the near future.
For a brand new large and small I removed the original felt and replaced with Rutland. Much easier to remove when new.
An outlaw egger (vidalia1) posted installing his gasket on the dome only. Thought it was a great idea and installed mine the same.
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If you can get your dome adjusted so that the seal is still good (won't be dollar bill good, but just don't have a big gap) it's not a huge deal. I put a nomex on my XL after my felt fried but it didn't last long (more my fault than any). You will "lose" some smoke in-between the lid and base but as long as the gap is minimized the shut-down time isn't a real big difference (it is still a little different though).
If and when I put another gasket on it will only be on the top, and most likely be a Rutland.
They do not recommend putting rutlands on the top only the bottom. The company actually doesn't recommend using it around food at all but putting it on the top gives you a decent chance of getting fiberglass fibers in your food. As far as the once and done I installed a Rutland on my small and a nomex on one of my larges and the Rutland made it a couple years and started pulling off and the nomex was still in decent shape on my large when I sold it a couple months ago. My experience the nomex with super 77 outlasted the Rutland with permatex.
If installed and cured properly, how is a Rutland on the dome more hazardous to your health than a Rutland on the base? Give me something other than dangling fiberglass fibers when opening. Top or bottom the risks of disturbing the fibers when opening are equal.
As far as the Rutland failure, seems to me like the only cause would be improper installation....not enough Permatex.
Never understood the need to do "clean burn" to clean the Egg.
I think a certain amount of build up is needed for enhanced flavor.
Do you take steel wool and soap to a seasoned skillet to get it clean
from SANTA CLARA, CA