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Help Needed! Top of Egg not lined up with bottom

I need help!

When I close the lid the top of the Egg at the front comes down about half an inch behind the front.

I still get a seal but it looks ugly and it is dislodging the gasket at the back.

How do I adjust it to get it even?

Any help appreciated.

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,363


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  • OziEggOziEgg Posts: 48
    Thanks for that.

    But the problem is that it is already assembled and the side bolts are bent so I can't take it apart again.

    I was hoping there was some easy adjustment I could do.
  • timekpr1timekpr1 Posts: 151
    Watch this and see if it helps you.

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,363
    You should be able to loosen the screw even if they're bent.  If you can't, and they break, buy new bolts.
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  • there appear to be quite a number of us with newer eggs who are having this issue - not a coincidence methinks...
  • It's actually most common with new eggs. The bands expand and contract until they are "seasoned"'for lack of a better word. When they expand they slip and then they contract in the wrong spot causing misalignment. This is really a very simple band adjustment and should settle in after doing this once or twice.

  • Mine did this as well, and just as John said, it is a break in period with the metal bands. Mine have not done it since the first major malfunction. (while at 1000 degrees and a pizza in the egg the bands came out of alignment and I couldn't open the egg.)



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  • Mine did this as well, and just as John said, it is a break in period with the metal bands. Mine have not done it since the first major malfunction. (while at 1000 degrees and a pizza in the egg the bands came out of alignment and I couldn't open the egg.)
    That's when mine did it too. 700 degree pizza cook. not good. My pizza looked like Mickey's wings

  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 2,099
    edited January 2013
    My Egg just won't move like the one in the video. It moves a little bit but nothing like that guy. Amazing customization on his Egg too.
    timekpr1 said:
    Watch this and see if it helps you.

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,363

    4Runner said:
    My Egg just won't move like the one in the video. It moves a little bit but nothing like that guy. Amazing customization on his Egg too.
    timekpr1 said:
    Watch this and see if it helps you.

    I wouldn't use springs on the band hinges.  They'll just totally compress before you have enough tension on the bands - probably won't hurt you, but it's like a thick washer.

    @OziEgg  I would check the hinge hardware too, make sure nothing looks funky
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  • The ceramics fluctuate in size.  Smaller domes on top of slightly larger bases (1/4") can cause this problem.   The hinge will pull the two parts together in the back of the Egg, which leaves a small difference in the front.  It does not affect the way the cooker functions.  A good seal is far more important to the overall performance in the cooker.  JMHO

     

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  • OziEggOziEgg Posts: 48
    Thanks 4runner.

    That video helped a bit but it is already as far forward as the hinge will go.

    I am going to buy some spacers and put them on the top bolts.

    That should do the job.

    Thanks again.
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