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Do you need a gasket

highpresshighpress Posts: 694
edited 12:15PM in EggHead Forum
How many of you guys are cooking w/out a gasket? I've read a few posts where some guys don't use them at all. Is there a notacable difference in cooking w/out one? Do you think the egg is more air-tight with a gasket as opposed to without? Allthough i guess the gasket must be doing something if people take the time ti replace a gasket instead of cooking without one.... :S just curious.


  • CrimsongatorCrimsongator Posts: 5,791
    My gaskets are so flat and crusty after a few years of use. I have considered replacing, but they don't leak and I don't mind the looks.
  • loco_engrloco_engr Posts: 3,673
    I like the idea of having a gasket if for no other reason than for the cushion it provides.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 21,254
    gaskets are not needed, its a myth. well actually if you have a tendency to drop the dome they may help. mine leaks all over the place, not even a hint of gasket on there. there are people that wont get the temps up when needed because they are protecting the gasket, but i say if i want to cook my pizza at 1200 because thats what i want today, i cook at 1200 and dont worry, even with it leaking i can hold 145 degrees for several hours cooking jerky.
  • NoVA BillNoVA Bill Posts: 3,005
    From Dec thru Apr I went thru a couple of felt gaskets on my medium and in between I cooked without them - no noticable difference in eggin', albeit, I personally like the cushion provided given my heavy handedness.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,372
    Now cooking with a Large and Small - NO GASKET.
    Not finding any problems w/o gasket.
    My large lasted about 45 days from new and my small lasted about a 1 1/2 years.
    Not going to replace
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,742

    Can't burn em if y'aint got em. Peace of mind :P



    Caledon, ON


  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 21,254
    and you really aint cooking if you cant get it hot hot hot. :laugh: scary opening a 1200 degree egg. never seen fire proof clothing listed as an accessory :laugh:
  • DavekatzDavekatz Posts: 763
    I think it probably depends on how leaky your Egg is without them. Mine where black and crusty for about 2 years and I didn't have a problem. Then I got just enough of a leak to start throwing off my temps on low 'n' slow cooks.
    When I replaced them a couple weeks ago with Nomax, I noticed 2 places where the gasket was pretty much gone - one spot top left, one spot bottom right. With where my Egg sits on our deck, those 2 spots line right up with the direction of the prevailing winds. Might be coincidence, but I think that once the the wind started to blow it blew right through those gaps and messed up the temps.
    Food & Fire - The carnivorous ramblings of a gluten-free grill geek.
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,742
    The best use of nomex.



    Caledon, ON


  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Sounds like you need to do a dollar bill test and align the dome.

    If you have a Wavy Surface on the gasket surface, top or bottom that is another issue and needs to be addressed with BGE.

  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Reading some of the responses it seems like there needs to be some clarification. Gasket failure can actually be adhesive failure, most common


    Actual gasket failure - top right (felt in this case)

    There is some felt gasket & gasket burn on the small pieces at the 9 o'clock position.


    My large has had several gasket replacements and for the most part I am cooking with not much if any gasket at all. Higher temperatures are not much of a problem. I can hold 200° dome with some fluctuation. Holding 275° dome is not much of a problem.

    The problem I have is the longer time it takes for the lump to go out.

    I have lost several gaskets on the medium, dome alignment is the biggest problem with that egg.

    No, the egg is not more air tight without a gasket.

    If the gasket was not needed I am sure BGE would want to save the non necessary cost and labor, let alone the aggravation of the 'bad batch' of adhesive that has prevailed over the last 5 or 6 months.

  • Haven't used one in years!
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