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Gasket Replacement - Removing the KJ Dome?


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I'm replacing the gaskets on my Classic Kamado Joe and was wondering if anyone has removed the dome to do so? It would seem to be easier for R&R of the gaskets. I've watched the dome removal video from Fred at Tasty Licks BBQ but that was for a Big Green Egg.


I'm finding it difficult to remove all of the old gasket material, especially the black crud that resists even a grinding wheel.  Acetone is not really making a dent. (And which is why I'm looking to remove the dome - it'll be easier to manage).


I would think that I could; 

  • simply tie down the handle to the frame (so the top band doesn't spring up and whack me in the face)
  • unloosen the top band from the dome
  • lift out the dome, turn it over and rest it inside the empty base which will be lined with old towels for cushioning

John's recent video helps but this old gasket crud is really defeating me. In the photo you can see where I managed to grind off some of the gunk (that's not a chip BTW, just a clean spot.) And of course - am I obsessing on how clean the rim needs to be?


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For what its worth... I replaced my gasket about 4 months ago on my KJ.


I simply scraped it with a razor, rubbed it really good a few times with acetone.  Went back and forth with this a few times until most of the old gasket was off.  Simply ran new gasket material, and have had absolutely no problems.


I wouldn't make it any harder then necessary ;-)

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Ha! I fully agree. But this gunk simply...will...not...come...off! I scrape and scrape, dunk on more acetone, scrape some more. I've used a large scraper and a razor blade scraper. I used a grinding wheel meant for steel.  


Maybe I am over-thinking it... :shock:

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I did not remove my lid.


Mine still had black residue.  It was very smooth though... I had it wiped/scraped down to a very thin/smooth layer with patches of ceramic showing around the bowl/lid.  In other words, some area's were down to the ceramic, some areas were not.


4 months later, and many cooks, the gasket has given me zero problems.

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i would be VERY careful using a grinding wheel. You can easily take off the surface of the ceramic. Grinding wheels and cutting wheels are very aggressive. i would look at a wire brush on the grinder if it was me. a comercial scraper might also be of help.


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