Anyone use versachem rtv silicone sealant???

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by smokeymcgee, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. smokeymcgee

    smokeymcgee Fire Starter

    Hi has anyone used this for sealing their grill? I used the 650 degrees rtv red versachem. I'm also using a bottle of black versachem gasket sealer for the for door in going to seal a gasket on. I used the red for putting together my BTMLE charcoal smoker to prevent leakage of air and smoke. I guess I'm wondering if this will stand up to the heat and being a silicone sealant it should be food safe I hope? I really don't want to rip the thing apart and re do it so any info would be great.
  2. jwbtulsa

    jwbtulsa Meat Mopper

    I used a high temp RTV sealant on my smoker. Never had a problem. Two years later it's just now starting to degrade and leak a bit. Figured I would grind it off and replace with fresh. I got mine at a local Ace Hardware.
  3. smokeymcgee

    smokeymcgee Fire Starter

    The reason I ask is ive heard of everyone using rutland with good results but I haven't heard so much about the applications of versachem and if this stuff isn't safe I have no problem taking it apart and cleaning every nut and bolt to reseal it.
  4. smokeymcgee

    smokeymcgee Fire Starter

    I guess my real question is this stuff food safe. I understand the heat limitations but the safety is my real concern I don't want to poison all my friends and family. I will be doing a heavy heat cleaning before I use it and if it burns off the paint and seal oh well at least I'll know
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2014
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    After running the smoker for several hours, any off-gassing should be negligible.....
  6. smokeymcgee

    smokeymcgee Fire Starter

    Thanks. Im planning on redoing the grill witha new coat of bright red paint soon anyway since I know the current paint is going to chip. I wonder if there's any way to control the rust other than putting on better paint
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2014

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