I just fried my second nomex gasket in less than a year. I can honestly say that it wasn't the nomex that was the problem. It was the crappy adhesive. Here's the story.
1. Factory gasket was fried within a month. We all know that happens.
2. BGE customer service replaced my gasket with nomex gasket. I installed the nomex using 3M Super 77. Over time, the adhesive failed during a high heat cook causing the gasket to be immersed in the flames. End of gasket.
3. Replaced with another Nomex and used Rutland stove cement for the adhesive. This adhesive was messy to install and had a very short open time. I replaced the gasket in July and here it is, January, and the adhesive failed. The gasket met the same demise as the first Nomex.
So here I am with the gasket debate facing me once again. I went to the dealer and picked up a nomex gasket. I asked about the new style gasket from BGE and they didn't even realize the gasket changed until I asked and we looked at a new egg. I bought the nomex gasket, but am reconsidering the purchase. I'm tossing the Rutland idea around. Regardless of which gasket I use, I'll be using Permatex ultra copper adhesive/gasket maker.
Here are my questions. I've researched the installation of the Rutland. The Whiz's site talks about bunching the gasket material as you put it on. For those that have installed the Rutland, does it naturally get bunched from working it around the rim, or is there a specific amount that I need to bunch it. I looked on YouTube but didn't find a Rutland install video.
For those that have installed Nomex using the permatex adhesive, have you had any issues with the gasket or adhesive failing. How long has your nomex been on since you've installed the nomex.
I love my egg, but I'm really tired of replacing gaskets. I've owned my egg for just over a year and am about to put my 4th gasket on the egg.
I also know that many go gasketless, but this is not an option for me. I want a gasket because when I've run without them I've used more lump. It also helps pad the dome when I put it down. The dome on the XL is heavy and I don't want to take chances.
Thanks in advance for all of the comments.