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Hello! I am in the process of finishing up a wood table for my new Primo. I have taken all the safety precautions I have learned from you guys and others, including using the Primo feet to elevate the grill, putting "soft" fire brick below the grill, and putting a sheet of metal under where the lower vent is on the grill to handle any embers that jump out. My question is this... Has anyone put Nomex on the inner rim of the grill cutout? I am using 3/4 inch boards for the table around the grill. I know I saw someone once mention it somewhere, but it does not seem to be a regular practice. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks for your help and for all the information I have gleaned from this forum!!
My original post was specific to the Bayou Classic ceramic grill, since that's what I have. But this tutorial should work for anyone who wants to replace an OEM gasket - either with a replacement from their manufacturer or with a 3rd party gasket. I ordered my gasket from Hi Que, but there are a great many good quality ones out there. Materials I used: 1 razor scraper with a fresh blade 1 wire brush 1 shop cloth bottle of acetone I use a razor scraper and a wire brush to remove my old gasket. It went really quickly since I'd mostly burned it all off in a series of high heat cooks. There were a few sticky spots that required some elbow grease with the razor scraper however. You can see that there's still some black/brown on the grill but I scraped it thoroughly, scrubbed with the wire brush, and then went over it with a damp rag dipped in acetone just to make sure. When it dried it was perfectly smooth. After that it was just a matter of slowly peeling the backing off the gasket and laying it down, using one hand to keep it even along the edge of the grill. It quite literally took me less than 5 mins to do the whole bottom ring. The top was easier once I was smart enough to roll the grill forward so I could walk behind it. I did not have to take off the lid. Just peeled backing as I went. Again, super easy and no issues. Top and bottom done. Once I'd replaced the gasket, it was significantly thicker than my old gasket and it meant that the lid didn't quite seal at the front (after running a dollar bill test). I did have to loosen the hinge adjustment on the lid just a little and recenter the lid to fix that issue. That wasn't quite as easy (took 2 people) but once I figured out what needed to be pushed where, it was fast. Hope this helps someone in the future!
Hi All, After 3 sessions on my CGK I want better air flow control.. I will say this new stock model is really good and I'll post up some pics of my findings. HOWEVER, I did pick up a roll of BGE gasket today to tighten up the lower vent. While I have the ash pan off and clean (and a mile of gasket) I figured I'd add it, but the stuff will not mold to the curve of the ash pan. For those of you who completed the Nomex gasket mod I have a question. What is the trick ? Did you make relief cuts or angled segments, or did you just muscle it in place? Thanks for sharing your experience !! Eric