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When do you replace the gasket?

No matter how hard I try, I get splatters of grease and sauce on my gaskets-- mostly the bottom but of course when it is shut, and cooks it is also on the top.

Can they be cleaned w/o effecting their ability to still keep heat in?
And if so how and what to clean with?

Finally when do you know the gasket has to be replaced?


  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,894
    Well my Large is 5 years without a gasket and my Mini is 3 years without a gasket.  So my answer would be: NEVER.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 8,225
    Never tried to clean the gasket-and whether you can run without a gasket (commando) or need a replacement depends on how your BGE responds w/o the gasket.  If you can control temperatures across the range you use and can shut down the BGE w/o losing all your remaining lump then no need like @Mickey.  Otherwise you should consider replacing.  Of course @Mickey running commando has led to his development/discovery of turbo cooking on the BGE.  But that's for another thread.
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs 
    Pit Barrel Cooker
  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 6,162
    It is like wearing a belt with pants. Helps hold but not absolutely necessary.
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 17,964
    When the old gasket fails, smoke will pour out it. 
    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 

  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 9,209
    My Rutland is 4 years old, has never been replaced and certainly not cleaned! Hell, I don't even clean my GRID!  :D

    RRP, on the other forum, has a 9 year old Rutland on one of his eggs! If his is anything like mine, it probably looks fairly new. Btw, with the Rutland, you only need to install it on the base.

    If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.    Julia Child

    Central Connecticut 

  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,364
    As long as the gasket is soft enough to form a seal without letting smoke out, it is OK. I've never cleaned mine and it is covered with crud (although I have changed it a few times)
    I can understand why a Rutland lasts so long when used in an egg, heck the one I replaced in my wood stove is at least 3 years old and sees much hotter temps for much longer burns than the egg ever has and it looks new. A Rutland installed on a ceramic cooker is pretty much a gasket on permanent vacation. 
    I'm still not sold on using a Rutland around food, to each his own. I also like the gasket installed both top and bottom, providing a softer seal around my Maverick probe cable. Just my thoughts. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    The cost and and ease of installation makes the Rutland a very good investment.  My factory gasket was shot in three months.  The big advantage i noticed was how fast my egg shuts down and it saves lump.  Another advantage is the cushion effect the gasket provides upon closing.      
  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 1,948

    Another good point for the Rutland is that it's thick enough to provide a good seal when you have probe wires going into the dome.

    A very good gasket. 

    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • LarrymacLarrymac Posts: 102
    What's the deal about the Rutland with food?
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 9,209

    If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.    Julia Child

    Central Connecticut 

  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 2,851
    I agree with Mickey, Chubbs, Nola, Skiddy etc. unless smoke is pouring out and you are having trouble holding temperatures its fine, my gasket looks like crap and I have a new one in the drawer but no smoke comes out and I hold temps all night long without a Digi Q or anything. So no need yet.

    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014
    Green Man Group cooking team.
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • Question to all of you as I evaluate what to replace  my gasket with (some parts of it have started to burn off)...

    I'm concerned about voiding the warranty. If installing a rutland gasket with the Permalex ultracopper - if something happens to the base (not due to the gasket), would it be easy to remove the rutland gasket and silicone for a warranty replacement?
  • WylecyotWylecyot Posts: 115
    I've used high-temp Permatex for years engine blocks, etc.  It's easy to remove if necessary.  A 3M Paint Stripper will make quick work of it without damaging the ceramic.

    3M Paint and Rust Stripper

    I recently installed the Rutland gasket using the Permatex Copper after going commando for a few months.  I didn't think I would, but I noticed a big difference in lump consumption and temperature control.
  • cortguitarmancortguitarman Posts: 2,043
    The rutlands are easily removed
    Mark Annville, PA
  • pirates21pirates21 Posts: 70
    Fried my first gasket, so I bought a new one. Destroyed it after 2 pizzas, been without it ever since. No difference!
    Ninety feet between bases is perhaps as close as man has ever come to perfection." -- Red Smith
  • That feedback on being able to easily remove the permatex and Rutland has reassured me. Thank you gents!
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