Hi, I've been egging for over a year now and have had good luck the vast majority of the time. The problem started a few weeks back when my egg got frozen shut during an ice storm and it took me an hour of dropping lit fire starters down the top vent to semi thaw it. Well, it wasn't thawed enough as when I opened it the gasket ripped off pretty clean (top and bottom).
I followed the directions on naked whiz to replace it with the Rutland gasket using the copper high temp adhesive. The gasket replacement process took some time but wasn't too hard. I noticed after putting the gasket on the bottom (nothing on top) there is a bit of smoke leaking out of the back. Nothing crazy but its there on occasion.
Shortly after that I received the new grate from @stlcharcoal
which allows for significantly more air flow.
I've done 3 cooks since (300 degrees and below) and I've noticed that the temp variation is significantly wilder than before. It appears that I'm always in heat up or cool down mode. I can't seem to ever hold consistent despite tweaking vents every 10-15 minutes to try to find an equilibrium. I have the maverick gauge and I watch the temp either slowly climb or slowly decline and rarely ever hold steady.
I suppose the answer is to do the next cook with the old grate and see if only changing the gasket is the problem, but is there anything else I can do to identify what is causing the problem?
Is it worth putting another gasket on top?
Thanks for any thoughts!