Finally got around to replacing the base with the one the Mothership sent me. Went easier than I expected, but definitely a two person job. Took me forever to figure out I had to loosen the hinges from the ring to get the alignment right. Will be interesting having half a gasket after going with none for almost two years.
The crack shows all the way through the base, don't know how long it would have worked before it failed. It broke with mild force right at the crack. The endi is kind of sad. This XL is the where I did my first ever smoked meats, pulled pork, and salmon.
If you knew The Spouse, you would understand why she was the one wielding the hammer.
Buon appetito to all the BGE family
XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys