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At what temperature does the gasket end up fried?

I'm planning my first pizza cook and am curious at what temperature you tend to fry the gasket.  I have a newer egg and presumably the Nomex gasket (?), which I would rather not kill.  
LBGE & SBGE.  Central Texas.  

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,241
    Keep your plate setter legs up (or if you use something else, don't put the horizontal surface at the gasket level) and keep the temp under 750 and your Nomex should be fine. 

    We're all enticed by trying to duplicate the neapolitan pizza at 905F, but those wood pizza ovens don't have gaskets, and it's not gonna taste better - more  likely it'll be burned - takes a lot of experience to pull that 60-90 second pizza cook off.

    I generally cook my pizza at 650, and it tastes fantastic and you have a lot more leeway to rotate it and cook it to perfection.
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  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 4,772
    edited December 2012
    I don't worry about such things especially since I cook pizza on less than nuclear setting.   FWIW, the gasket will either fry or it won't.  In the mean time, enjoy making pizza.  I cook mine between 650 & 700 without problems.

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 15,268
    It is going to fry. So set back and enjoy cooking. Then replace or not, but that is another post.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015 http://saladoeggheadgathering.blogspot.com

  • I've done a couple pizza cooks at 650+ degrees and my gasket is fried.  Still have not replaced it yet, I don't feel like taking it apart.  At that temp the egg is wide open with flames coming out the top.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 15,268
    crabboy said:
    I've done a couple pizza cooks at 650+ degrees and my gasket is fried.  Still have not replaced it yet, I don't feel like taking it apart.  At that temp the egg is wide open with flames coming out the top.

    Then you have something to look forward to when you walk away and come back to 1200 :-t
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015 http://saladoeggheadgathering.blogspot.com

  • jfarleyjfarley Posts: 145
    As with crabboy my first pizza cook fried the gasket in several areas. I have the new nomex gasket the mother ship provided at the ready but have not yet replaced it. So far it has not been a problem through my lower temp cooks. When it gets bad enough I'll put the new gasket on,.
    LBGE - July 2012
    Valencia, CA
  • If you have 4/5 cooks already on the Egg the gasket should be able to handle 500/600 with no problems.

     

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    from SANTA CLARA, CA

  • Mickey said:
    Then you have something to look forward to when you walk away and come back to 1200 :-t
    1200 is high!

    I did melt my Stoker pit probe this week when it hit 800, I forgot about it while coming up to temp:
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  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 3,632
    As others have said, gasket will eventually fail. Just part of it. When I cook pizzas I typically put a platesetter leg in the back center where the egg is the hottest. This deflects the heat around this portion. Just cook it at 600 and enjoy it. If the gasket fries, gives you another egg related activity to enjoy should you chose to replace. If I wasn't trying to teach the wife how to cook on my egg, I wouldn't replace my gasket, but afraid she will drop the lid. Replacing mine tomorrow with a nomex.
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
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