Originally Posted by Gnaws on Pigs
I don't really see why everybody assumes that you need to replace the gaskets and such? Mine holds temp like an oven right out of the box.
Mine held great for quite awhile too. Then I started cooking pizzas at high temps on it & soon after I realized the paint on the ash pan was changing colors due to the high heat. I then did the expanded metal mod to keep the small lump from sitting directly in the pan. Now my bottom gasket is 'crunchy' and sticking to the ash pan after any decent cook. I have a noticeable draft from the ash pan gasket & realize it is time to replace.
No assumptions here...