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Old 03-11-2005, 04:17 PM   #1
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Default Bandera and Silicone Caulk.

Hey all. I'm going to be putting my new bandera together this weekend. I was wondering if it would be worthwhile to add lines of high temp silicone caulk at the joints to help keep the heat and smoke in. What do you guys think about this idea?
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Old 03-11-2005, 04:59 PM   #2
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i have a great outdoors smoky mountain that has a leaky door also

i have thought about puttin silicone around the door as well, are you gonna use auto grade silicone ?
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Old 03-11-2005, 05:25 PM   #3
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go to our files section. Under MoDS there is a Silicon door gasket write up.

Also in our photo gallery/mods section are photos of a gasket channel that gets mounted to the door and filled with fiberglass oven gaskets.
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Old 07-12-2006, 10:52 AM   #4
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where exactly do you put the silicon bead? along the inside door lip or along the inside of the door ?
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Old 07-12-2006, 11:02 AM   #5
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I ended up putting it on the door where the sides curve around like an L.

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Caulk inside of door here
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you put it on the dashed line or the other?
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Old 07-12-2006, 12:34 PM   #7
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When fitting the door with the gasket mod, you apply Vaseline to the surface that does not have the silicon applied so that the door does not stick during the cure process.

I have used the red high temp (400*F) silicon you can get at appliance parts stores. I have not seen it available at HD or Lowe's.
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Old 07-12-2006, 01:20 PM   #8
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I used a sheet of Mr. Gasket exhaust mainifold material (cut it to size) between the firebox and main chamber.
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you put it on the dashed line or the other?
In the corner of the dashed and solid lines, but on the solid line.
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gotcha..thanks!
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I used a sheet of Mr. Gasket exhaust mainifold material (cut it to size) between the firebox and main chamber.
What that stuff made out of ? I thought it was asbestos
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Don't waste your money. I spent $40 to line my door with the stove gasket and stove silicone. It lasted all of maybe 45 minutes. I pulled the door, completely cleaned with acetone, let it set up for 48 hours, fell right off. Go with the channel.
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I see someone beat me to deleting my post. Didn't mean to derail your thread Grimbo!
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I started to do my BSKD Door up real nice with the high temp stuff and wiped the smoke chamber down with vasaline and everything. I had the drill and dremel tool out there cleaning the area along the door so it was nice ans shiny new metal instead of painted. Turned out to be crap. I scrapped it all out and one of these days I'm going to just lay a good bead of the stuff along the area and let it cure prior to putting the door back on. I never have been able to get the vaseline off the BSKD, it's pretty much leached it's way into the paint on the smoke chamber. Looks pretty neat when it rains and the water just beads right off the smoke box.
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Old 07-13-2006, 01:36 PM   #15
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I use the silicon gasket and almost no smoke comes out around thedoor. A little leaks out of hte bottom of the door, but I figure if it's coming out there, it's had opportunity to season the meat. One section took days to dry, the rest was firm to the touch within ~24 hours. I'm still considering sealing the seams on thefirebox, but now that I've figured out what height the heat source needs to be to keep the temps up, I may just leave it alone...
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