I have an older egg, I guess. I bought a medium off CL a couple years ago for $75. Yes, stealth gloat. Anyway, the hinge mechanism that holds the lid to the base has broken on both sides. It seems that the hinge holds up the lid with friction--no spring. The rivets rusted out. I was running with just one broken hinge for a couple of weeks. When the second one broke, I actually opened the lid too far and the porcelain cap fell off and broke. I do have the older style metal damper, though, but it's so-so for controlling heat.
Anyway, any ideas on how I can repair the hinge to band connection? Seems like a new spring assisted band is going to be ~$125 after shipping. I guess I got a good deal on the egg, but seems outrageous to pay that much for the band. I was thinking about doing my own pop rivets, but I'm concerned the rivet on the back side of the band would break the porcelain shell.