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Rutland Gasket and PermaTex Ultra Copper Installation

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Over the winter my previous attempt to apply a Rutland gasket failed so I had to redo it. A little research showed that a number of people were having adhesion issues with the Rutland cement due to age of the cement or difficulty of application. The upshot is that the recommendation now is to use PermaTex Ultra Copper automotive gasket maker as the glue for the fiberglass Rutland gasket.


Follow the NakedWhiz instructions for surface preparation:



Follow my instructions here (in the photo comments) for the PermaTex application and curing process:



I cannot recommend the PermaTex highly enough. Compared to the Rutland cement it is a dream. I am seriously considering doing my second egg with just four or five layers of PermaTex and no fibreglass to have a nice stiff but rubbery seal. That should make any repairs a snap. Cut out the offending part and reapply the PermaTex after cleaning/roughening.


I have contacted NakedWhiz by email to see about combining the two sets of instructions. We'll see what happens...


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Just an attribution correction. The original instructions themselves should be credited to @RRP on the Big Green Egg forum with assistance from a friend named Mike Brown. TheNakedWiz hosts the instructions.

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Smoke test time! I may have achieved gasket nirvana!! Blower fan is running flat out and absolutely nothing out the gasket. Smoke is blasting so hard it is practically horizontal out the cap vents (with some leaking between the cap and the Egg - time for a bead of PermaTex around the top of the dome where the cap fits). There's is also a bit of leakage around the bottom vent where the blower fits but it is too slight to show up in the photo. 

As long as this stuff stays adhered (and it certainly looks like it is going to) this is the only way I'll be doing gaskets in the future! Get the PermaTex for your Rutland gasket, anything else is a waste of time!



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Been doing a lot of cooking lately including low and slow pulled pork, high direct chicken wings, reverse sear strip loin, some griddle work and likely some other things I have forgotten.


This gasket is superb and shows absolutely no sign of detaching. Please do yourself a favour and make your next gasket replacement one of these. A little bit more time for gluing and curing but far, far superior to the adhesive backed gaskets you can but for twice the price. 


And some obligatory cook pron:









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