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Extremely Difficult Gasket Removal

I am interested in ideas for removing a very stubborn old, burnt-on gasket.  I also would like some idea about how much of the old, blackened gasket residue can be safely ignored in the replacement process.

My Story:
I finally had to deal with damaged gasket (appears to be burnt in places) that no longer sealed.  After two days of scraping, I finally got the top gasket off and started on the bottom.

I have used the gasket removal scraper provided with my replacement gasket, alcohol, Goo Gone, wood chisel, carpenters' knife and, a brass scraper.  The gasket on the bottom is severely stuck and relinquishes only small bits of old gasket at a time.  At this rate it may take more than two days to get it clean enough to either replace the old gasket or try using it without gasketing.

I have wondered if torching the old gasket would 1) work, or 2) damage the egg or finish.

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