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New gasket wait time?

AronAron Posts: 170
edited 6:11AM in EggHead Forum
I'm happy to say that after 3 consecutive years of moving, I finally have a backyard again and can get back to cooking on my egg. Not being allowed to use my BGE due to apt complex rules after enjoying an egg for 4 years was very difficult. I've rescued my egg from storage in my Mother-in-law's garage and just need to install a new felt gasket and I'm ready to go again. My wife just picked up the BGE felt gasket replacement kit from a local dealer and I plan to install it after I get home from work today. Can I cook on it immediately after installation or should I wait a day to allow the adhesive to set? Thanks.


  • I have always heard to wait at least 24 hours. If you are going to go through all of the hassle of changing a gasket I would highly reccommend you get a nomex gasket instead of the felt.
  • Grand Oeuf VertGrand Oeuf Vert Posts: 1,631
    I did mine last week. I'd let it rest (lid down) for 24 hours. Then 4-5 low temp cooks to cure it. (I'm only on low temp cook #2. so I have a few more to go)
    So far so good with the gasket.
    Welcome back to the BGE by the way!
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    If you picked up the kit from a dealer it probably is felt.

    The adhesive is a "film" type adhesive not a liquid. I have really mixed results and feelings about the 'cure' theory.

    I put a new gasket on a large (older felt gasket) and let it sit 48 hours. I did 40 cooks under 400° and on the next high temperature cook the adhesive gave way.

    I have also cooked after installing a felt gasket within 5 hours. I was careful how I lit the egg and kept the temperature under 400° dome. I opened and closed the egg carefully just to be careful. All was fine and that gasket has been on my large for a year and a half now.

    24 hours after install is the safest route. It is always safer to cook as low a temperature as you can, so the first few cooks under 400° dome won't hurt in any way.

  • johannjohann Posts: 111
    I also vote for the nomex gasket.

    The only thing I can add to the felt gasket talk is when my small arrived and I unpacked it, it was the felt gasket and in spots it was already peeling off.

    I just assembled the thing and waited to decide what to do, the mothership sent me a nomex one before the felt even came off after I inquired so I figured I would just go and pull off the felt one(since it was already peeling away.

    Well, after sitting in the sun for several days the felt gasket had adhered better and I couldn't find the weak spot.. It was still crappy adhesive though as I was able to pull 90% of it off bare handed.

    moral is low temp cooks are well and good but even just sitting in warm weather will cure the thing some.
  • RU EggsperiencedRU Eggsperienced Posts: 1,527
    After all of the talk about bad adhesives etc. I did mine on a Sunday and then waited a week where I was travelling. Wife came home with some steaks and I did a high temp cook and it held fine. I used the spray adhesive (Super 77) and nomex gasket. I did spend an incredible amount of time with solvents trying to get the old adhesive off prior to installing the new gasket. To me that prep work was a real pain and hoping that the Nomex gasket lasts a long time..
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