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Since 2002 I have sold Rutland gaskets as a service to fellow eggers. To date I have supplied exactly 1,618 gaskets to people in 48 states and 11 foreign countries!
I purchase the gasket on reels which have 157 feet. That way I can sell the length needed for each size egg. As a for instance for an XL egg you need 9 feet or 108 inches of gasket so that you only have 2 butt ends instead of buying 2 Rutland kits from say ACE Hardware or Amazon of only 7 feet (84 inches) and then having 4 butt ends plus throwing away the remaining 5 feet of gasket as well as pitching the two worthless tubes of the latex adhesive in those blister packs.
You apply the gasket using an automotive product called Permatex Ultra Copper – which I do NOT supply. Most every automotive supply chain store in the US (AutoZone, NAPA, Pep Boys, O’Reilly) carries the Permatex and it runs about $8 for one tube which is more than enough for one gasket. In Canada the chain Canadian Tire sells it. It is a high temperature silicone gasket maker which acts as an adhesive to bond the Rutland to your cooker’s ceramic edge. Years later if you wish to remove it, it will come off.
Frequently eggers will ask me how long does a Rutland gasket last? I reply that I honestly don’t know! The Rutland on my Large egg that gets regular use is now 10 years old and other than being darker from years of charcoal dust settling on it it nearly looks and performs as good as when it was new. The probable explanation is that the Rutland gasket withstands 2,200 degrees which is far above any temperature that a BGE is capable of producing at the gasket level!
Are you familiar with the application process whereby you compress or "bunch" the gasket back into itself thus making it both thicker and wider than the 5/8" so as to cover your entire edge? In doing so you apply the Rutland on ONE side only - not both and my recommendation is it is applied only to the base, not the dome.
“Bunching” is really simple.
Lay your gasket down like this with your fingers on it:
Now slide your fingers together while pressing down:
See how the gasket is now wider and thicker? That is “bunching” and you’ll get very good at it very quickly.
I recommend you "bunch at least 6" or more ahead of ever pushing the gasket into the bed of adhesive. You want the Permatex to bite and grab right from the start with very limited moving other than to align it with the curvature of the egg's base. When properly laid your finished gasket will look like this.
The total cost for ONE gasket including the postage sent to an address in the USA is $11 for a Large or $13 for an XL. If you live in Canada the cost is higher due to international postage rates. I also will send a detailed set of instructions for removal of the old gasket and installation of your new Rutland.
BTW if you want to also buy one for a buddy then just ask me for a quote as the price goes down since I can ship 4 gaskets for essentially the same postage as I can ship just one!
One point of clarification…I just want to make sure you understand that when you apply the Rutland gasket according to my detailed instructions then it is both wider and thicker meaning that only 1 Rutland gasket is needed PER egg - NOT 2. In fact I don’t even recommend putting two Rutlands on a single egg!
I’ll just need your mailing address, size of your egg and it will ship tomorrow as I have already been in to the Post Office for today.
After I have confirmed the package has been shipped I will give you my address so your check and the package can cross in the mail or my PayPal information if you prefer to pay that way. It's just that easy! That's right...I do NOT ask people to pay me before I ship their package!
Since you sent me this via this forum then if you merely reply to the email notification you received back means I will NOT receive it! That is a real hole in this personal message part of this forum! Instead Please email your reply directly to me at:
Ron aka RRP