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Gasket versus no gasket

RGBHVRGBHV Posts: 1,318
edited 7:35PM in EggHead Forum
Just thought I'd share this with you as I was surprised by the results.

I have an LBGE with no gasket. I recently purchase a 2nd LBGE. They are now in a table side by side.

I built the fire the same, I lit the lump the same, I cooked the same thing on both (Ribs BTW and they were great) and then shut them down the same way.

1) they reached temp about the same time
2) they maintained temp the same way (+ or - minor)
3) for the most part, the shut down was the same. The new egg with the gasket
dropped about 25 degrees faster during the shutdown process. (I figured that
the difference would have been significantly higher)

I'm not saying this is typical as not all eggs are built exactly the same, but this was my experience and I thought I'd share with you.



  • c tredwellc tredwell Posts: 575
    Interesting...I cooked 3 butts last night, and thought I burned too much lump because of my lack of gasket- my neighbor says my vent is closed more than his at same temp because my gasket lets more air in than his large....the world may never know! :huh: :huh: ;)
  • BBQMavenBBQMaven Posts: 1,041
    gaskets are so over-rated B)
    Kent Madison MS
  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    Good info Michael. I am a gasket free Egger.
    Colorado Springs
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    "Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it."
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    LBGE, MBGE, SBGE , MiniBGE and a Mini Mini BGE
  • field handfield hand Posts: 420
    My XL is starting on it's third year, is used frequently year around, and has it's original gasket. It's now very thin and sometimes does leak some smoke around the hinge area. I have no problem holding 250 on over nighters, everything seems fine. I haven't noticed the cool down time changing, but suspect it may take a little longer now. Right now I don't plan on changing it. Just my two cents.

    Marthasville, MO
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Interesting observation, thanks for sharing.

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