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Thanks for your inquiry! Please read the following as it covers things you need to know before proceeding such as an important part of the installation process PLUS what to expect from me. Then - if you wish to proceed simply follow the rest of my ordering directions at the end.
Since 2002 I have sold Rutland gaskets as a service to fellow eggers. I have now supplied over 3,150 gaskets to people in all 50 states plus 10 foreign countries!
I purchase the gasket material on reels which have 157 feet. That way I can send the length needed for each size egg and my detailed instructions for the application.
You apply the gasket using an automotive product called Permatex Ultra Copper – which I do NOT supply. Every automotive supply chain store in the USA (AutoZone, NAPA, Pep Boys, O’Reilly) carries the Permatex and it runs about $7 for one tube which is more than enough for one gasket. Even Amazon carries it. Permatex 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 13 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 even capable of producing at the gasket level!
It is best to remove both the OLD dome and base gaskets and I cover that process in my instructions. It is not necessary to remove the dome itself but some people find it easier if removed. Suit yourself!
The application process of a Rutland is one I call “bunching” 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” (compressing) it is really simple.
The gasket has a natural “cup” or curvature to it so starting with that cup side down lay the gasket 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 which covers the gasket, postage, shipping box and printed materials sent to an address in the USA is $11 for a Large. I also will send a detailed set of instructions for removal of the old gasket and installation of your new Rutland.
BTW do you have a buddy or relative who might want a Rutland as well? I can ship 4 gaskets for essentially the same cost of postage as just one so the individual gasket price goes down considerably. Just ask me for a quote.
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!
If you live in the US and If my price is acceptable to you just give me your name and mailing address and it will ship! 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 if you prefer to use PayPal I will give you my preferred manner for that method. It’s just that easy as I NEVER ask anyone to pay me before I have shipped!
BTW if you merely reply to the email you get from this forum it will not be forwarded to me - so please reply with your name and address to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m guessing my reply scared you off...is there something I can explain that bothered you? BTW no, this is no "peel and stick" gasket that you will keep replacing year after year, but one "when done according to my detailed instructions" will last you many many years and for a far cheaper price. But whether you decide to order from me or not makes me no difference as I’m not in this for a profit but to help my fellow eggers.
You did not scare me off I didn't know where to find your reply until now. I will send you a private e-mail in a few minutes.
Thanks again for all of you post on the forum, I know I have learned a lot of useful information here.