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The best thing that I found while getting back into the swing of exercising was how much better it made me want to eat/be. Every time I crossed a 5# milestone it made me want to keep going that much more.
I'm not saying that I'll never put another gasket on, but I haven't had any problems going without on my XL. I did a pork butt for the Super Bowl and it stayed at 225 dome for 6 hours and then I bumped the temp to 400 for another 5 hours without a hiccup. I'm very careful about closing my lid, and that (shock absorber) will be why I put another on down the road.