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Gasket replacement question (sort of)

Mark BackerMark Backer Posts: 1,018
edited 5:39AM in EggHead Forum
When you folks replace your gaskets, I assume that you take the dome (and thus the bands) completely off.[p]My question is how does that work with the bolts being bent and all? I mean, if I take my egg completely apart (the bolt and band assembly and all of that), aren't I likely to have trouble getting it back together, or do you just buy another set of bolts to have at the ready? [p]I ask because I've fried the large (again) and the small gaskets recently, and I want to go ahead and replace both of them, and possibly this weekedn. [p]Also, I'm in Atlanta. Can a I get a rutland or cotronics gasket locally, or do I have to mail order?[p]thanks.


  • Mark Backer,
    when i replace mine, i don't remove the dome or bands, it opens far enough to work on. .. ..

  • Mark BackerMark Backer Posts: 1,018
    mad max beyond eggdome,[p]And do you just use the BGE felt ones?

  • Mark Backer,
    yep, its all i've used. . .first, i run the egg up to 700+ for about 45 minutes or so, really melt the old crap off... open the lid (carefully). .use the ash tool to scrape off as much of the old gasket as possible (wear a long sleeve shirt and glove for this one)....then shut down the egg. .. . to avoid the lid sticking shut i place the ash rake between the lid and base to create just enough gap that the egg will shut down in a reasonable amount of time but not seal up the egg. ..once its all cooled down, i try and scrape as much of the remaining old gasket off as i can with a small wire paint scraping brush. .. then apply the new felt, leave the egg close over night to let it seal good, and waallaa, done. .. . without removing dome or bands... .

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,020
    Mark Backer,
    i can get the rutland locally at a shop that sells coal stoves, but im betting theres not a lot of those in atlanta. if your burning alot of gaskets, i would take the band off, clean the old gasket off, and set the dome on the lower section. mine was fairly wavey and needed some sanding to get the dome flush with the lower section. then put the new gasket on and replace the hinge. i used the old bolts

  • tach18ktach18k Posts: 1,607
    Mark Backer, I took mine all apart. I used a hack saw and cut the bolts of. Even if you tried to un screw them they would break off anyway. Lowes carries a fine seclection of SS bolts and nuts to replace them. I found this easier even htough it took more time. I did replace with the same felt gasket. I did the over 3-4 days. I also did a high temp cleaning the day before, since the gasket was shot. This way I could lay the top down and have a good flat and easy work finish to use. I also used a belt sander to get down to the white stuff on the rims.

  • Mark BackerMark Backer Posts: 1,018
    mad max beyond eggdome,[p]Now that sounds like a plan I can live with. Me thinks i shall try it, and soon...
  • Toy ManToy Man Posts: 416
    I have had my large and small apart a number of times (for various reasons). Still using the original bolts and nuts (plus lock nuts). Does not seem to hurt the bolts being bent and reused.[p]If you take the top off and lay it upside down in the bottom, it make a great way to remove/replace the gasket.[p]Rather than a high temp cook to remove the old gasket, you can try soaking it with a solvent and lifting it off. Or butn it off with a MAPP torch or ??[p]The Cotronic's has to be mail ordered AFAIK.[p]Local fireplace shops may have the Rutland gasket.[p]Toy Man
  • GeneGene Posts: 99
    Mark Backer,
    Last time I put all the felt on the bottom,Stuck one piece on top of the other. Works Great. Don't know how lone it will last. So far, so good.

  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,435
    Mark Backer,
    I read that Goo Gone soaked on the old gasket helps with removal.

  • Gene, that's how I do mine, with Elmer's glue and felt from Home Depot or ACE Hdw ($2+ for 17 ft). I currently have a new layer over two old layers, and I never remove, or loosen, the bands. Gasket is on the bottom only.

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