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In March, we attended the 7th Annual Florida Eggfest. Little Chef and I cook on our Egg, "Ole Lady", every few days and as such, she is in need of a make over.

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After a few days of sanding and finishing, combined with metal assemby, here is "Ole Lady" after.

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"Ole Lady" turned a few heads in March at the Florida Eggfest.  See you in Atlanta in October!





After 12 years on the original gasket, it was time I change it. Instead of the factory replacement, I use a Cotronic ceramic gasket with the addhisive on the back.
 
Belive it or not, there realy is a gasket.  It is just well preservered!



 
The first thing that you must do is disassemble the dome from the base. BEFORE YOU LOSSEN ANYTHING, TAKE TWO ZIP TIES AND CHINCH DOWN THE SPRING HINGE TO PREVENT IT FROM OPENING. MAKE SURE THE DOME IS DOWN, THEN ZIP IT!  (if you have the Eggnests, you must remove them first) Next loosen the bots that tighten the bands so you can remove the dome then remove the band and spring hinge assembly. Take three or four shop towels and place around the base. Invert the dome to place it upside down on the base as shown.



With a razor scraper, carefully remove the old gasket. Make sure you have eye protection on because the brittle gasket may chip off and get into your eye! Next take a grill cleaning lava stone and scrape off all of the black stuff. After that is done, take denatured alcohol and clean the edge. Be careful not to drip inside the egg! Directly opposite from where the thermometer is where you should begin. Carefully measure the amount of gasket you will need and add 6". Starting in the back of the dome, remove 6 to 8 inches of paper from the back of the gasket and start working around the dome.  Try and keep the leading edge of the gasket exactly on line with the inside edge. Should there be any overhang it will be on the outside.  When you are completely around the dome, take a pair of VERY sharp scissors and cut the end just a little proud. There should be an overlap be no more than 1/4 ". This will cause a small bump but will flatten out in a day or two. Remove the dome and place of a flat surface gasket down. Now repeat the same process to the base. 

Once this has been completed, place the band with spring hinge assembly on the base and tighten snuggly. Ensure the band sits as far down as allowed. Next place and align the dome on the base. use your fingers and rub 360 degree to ensure you have an even matting of the two.  Carefully install the top band being careful with your alignment. Ensure both the top and bottom bands are fully seated as possible.  Snug the bolts to tighten the bands then cut off the zip ties.  VERY SLOWY OPEN AND CLOSE THE DOME.  NOTICE HOW IT IS ALIGNED.  You may have to loosen the band to make some adjustments. Take a dollar bill and place it at different areas of the contact point where the dome and base meet. Close the dome and there should be resistance when you go to pull it out. Check in many places especially in the back part of the egg. Clean out your egg with a shop vac, load up with fresh lump, and cook something!


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