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ThanksI was thinking of putting some charcoal in from the bottom and lighting it with my butane?
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3. Rutland with Permatex Ultra Copper adhesive.
I had the same issue after a cleaning burn last night. I used a painter's tool (similar to a putty knife, but with cut-outs to open paint cans, and the blade is thicker and more sturdy) to pry the gasket apart. It only took fitting the tool through one spot on the gasket and prying a little bit to break the seal apart. It must not have been sealed very badly. The seal is all still in place. I won't know if it's damaged and needs replaced until I light it up again, but for now it seems like the gasket's not too badly damaged.
I fail to see a reason to do a burn off in the first place. I just use a drip pan to catch grease on long cooks and never let the crud build up in the first place. Am I missing something?