I guess, I could wait and do an unboxing, install and review video on Youtube but, I'm no Youtuber so, why start now?
Anyway, I called my local Authorized KJ dealer on Monday and inquired about a replacement Wire Mesh Fiberglass Gasket for an original, pre-2017 Big Joe (Model #BJ24RH). He then called KJ for me (KJ simply referred me to the dealer), I was given the part number #BJ-MGA24 and told that they would in fact be able to order it from KJ. He called again yesterday to say that it will be here in a about week and cost around $90. YES!!!
I just acquired a primo from a friend who was downsizing. I am replacing and upgrading components and really wanted an oven style/fiberglass or woven metal type gasket vs. nomex. This just seems like a cleaner option for the grill surface.
I read a story about someone using this type of gasket (thicker than the standard gasket) so they only needed to gasket the lid - not the cooking surface (limited grease and organic matter on a grate level gasket).
Heard great things about the Rutland gaskets for kamados, so I got one from RRP. With the gasket only on the bottom, the lid wasn't even close to sealing all the way around. So, I ordered another gasket to add to the top. I installed that, and the rear third of the grill near the springs still isn't sealing, no matter how I adjust the bands.
Has anyone had a similar issue? I know mostly everyone uses the "flat" Rutlands, but would using the "rope" Rutland work? I'm thinking the thicker rope can help clear up the gap.
This is my Kamado Joe Classic "go to" grill that gets used for a majority of my cooking videos AND my personal cooking. This grill is over two years old and has well over 200 cooks on it. This spot on my base where the gasket is worn off completely just shows one spot.. there are several more like it on this grill.
Of all my Kamado Joe grills, I have replaced a gasket ONCE. I replaced a gasket on a Big Joe and the reason I did that was because Kamado Joe wanted me to make a video on how to do it. It didn't need replacing.
Does the one in this photo need replacing? Let's think about that...
Last week, I did something I hadn't done in a LONG time. I cooked with a temperature control system one day and a remote thermometer on another day. I ran the probe wires for those in under the dome lid. On both of those cooks, I noticed a little smoke leaking from between the dome lid and the base. The probe wires were creating just enough of a gap that I could see a little smoke coming out while the grill was warming up. After the grill got to temp and the draft was working properly I didn't see that smoke anymore. The smoke was pretty much leaking all the way around the front 2/3 of the dome lid when it was leaking. That leak does not occur without the probe wires running under the dome lid. These worn gaskets still seal the grill well enough that the temp can be controlled at any level I like.
This makes me want to do an experiment. First of all, I do intend to replace this gasket just for the sake of doing it. But before I do it, I intend to remove the gasket completely and fire up the grill. I will set the grill at 225 degrees and let it ride and see if I have any issues holding it there with no gasket in place.
I'm really curious to see what the 'driver' is when it comes to replacing gaskets on kamado grills. I see it done a LOT and I'm trying to figure out (just for my own curiousity) why or what makes us replace a gasket. I have heard people comment that they could not control their temperatures anymore because of gasket failures but I'm not seeing it.
What was the reason you last replaced a gasket on your Kamado grill?