I have owned my XL egg for almost 2 years and love her so much! And one problem that I have NEVER had is a melting gasket. You are probably thinking, "What is your damn point?" I visit the forum almost everyday and it may be my imagination but it seems like there are more people willing to take their brand new eggs to 500+ degrees straight out of the box. DON'T DO IT! Make sure you properly season your grill before taking her to the higher temps. Because when you don't the percentage that you will melt your gasket increases dramatically!