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Old 07-23-2009, 11:07 AM   #1
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I have had my BGE for about a week. The first cook was steak and then the Brethren told me to cook several low temp cooks to set the gasket. I cooked four since then - all less than 350 - most closer to 225. Last night I cooked ABTs at 275. When I pulled them out, all heck broke loose. The fire spiked burning off the bacon grease. I made the mistake of closing the lid and all the vents, to snuff out the fire. This morning, it won't open - I fried the gasket shut. How do I fix it? Please advise. Anyone? Thanks in advance!

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Old 07-23-2009, 11:12 AM   #2
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I believe I would take a metal putty knife and slide it between the top and bottom and very carefully go all the way around the egg.
Dont reef on the knife or you make break the egg itself.
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:16 AM   #3
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time to order a nomex gasket...

I've never had one stick together but I have scorched a gasket and can sympathize.
I don't know a gentle/non destructive way of getting them apart. If you've got the new gasket in hand a good sharp scraper may be the way to go.

I'm sure someone here will chime in with more advice.
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:25 AM   #4
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It might not be too bad. If you have a starter cube, you can try lighting it and dropping it in the top (if your plate setter isn't in there too) with the bottom vent open. If you can get it started and heated up, sometimes this will let you open it without tearing the gasket apart. I got that tip not long after I got my egg and did the same thing. It worked for me and a year and a half later, still have the same gasket.
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fired egg -




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It might not be too bad. If you have a starter cube, you can try lighting it and dropping it in the top (if your plate setter isn't in there too) with the bottom vent open. If you can get it started and heated up, sometimes this will let you open it without tearing the gasket apart. I got that tip not long after I got my egg and did the same thing. It worked for me and a year and a half later, still have the same gasket.
Unfortunately, the plate setter is still in there! Maybe I can light it from below? Through the ash area?
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Or you could drop it in around the opening of the plate setter if you have a very long pair of tongs.
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That's bad...
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Sorry about your problems with the BGE... I usually have that kind of problem in the winter when the moisture from inside the egg freezes...

Good Luck!!!

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Ya, but it was good....
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It seems like it is ruined, you better just pack it up and send it to me. I will dispose of it properly.
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Sorry about your problems with the BGE... I usually have that kind of problem in the winter when the moisture from inside the egg freezes...
Have had the same problem and have used a blow dryer with success.
Would a heat gun be too much for a melted gasket??

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Have had the same problem and have used a blow dryer with success.
Would a heat gun be too much for a melted gasket??

Paul
I usually take a small propane torch with a defuser on it and run it around the edge just to warm it up a bit... seems to take a couple of 'laps' and then I concentrate on the front near the handle...

So far the gasket is fine...
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Nomax seals are the best after i fried my set that came with my BGE out i installed the nomax and works perfectly now. all i did is emailed BGE told them what happened and in the mail they came the new nomax seals and was put on in 10 minutes if that using the super 77 3m spray glue
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Thanks everyone - I did get it open after getting a small fire started inside. It's open, but the gasket is "limp." I'll have to replace it!
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