Gasket seal on lid

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by 1ray, Jun 8, 2014.

  1. 1ray

    1ray Fire Starter

    What is the best way to seal the lid on a smoker ? Is there a gasket that can be used?
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2014
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What smoker are you thinking of putting a seal on.... pictures would help....
  3. 1ray

    1ray Fire Starter

  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would not put a seal on that grill..... Call the engineers at Rec-Tec and talk to them.... That smoker needs to breathe a little and since there is not an exhaust stack, the "smoke leaking" may be engineered into the smoker design....

    In the words of Chad Knaus, crew chief for Jimmy Johnson, " you could screw up a perfectly good race car" or something close to that...
  5. Looks like it does have a smoke stack but I agree. Would double check with mfg to see what they think first
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    DOH !!!!!!! :head-wall: .... This is where you insert some "old age" joke..... HAHAHAHA
  7. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Actually Dave, the Rec Tec does in fact have an exhaust stack on the right side of the barrel.  I know of guys who have put self-adhesive Nomex gasket around the lip of their RT lid.  I haven't done this because I don't think a little leaking smoke affects the performance of the pit.  And as you mentioned, if it ain't broke, don't fix it...if a door gasket was a major issue in the design, I think RT would already be doing it.

    1Ray...that being said, if you want to seal has been done.  You might search for something similar to this:

    Nomex gasket...just Google nomex or BBQ gaskets.

  8. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I just recently put a woven gasket around the lid for my Traeger and its amazing how the temp swings settled down. It will usually stop dead on (or 5 degrees over) in the upswing and 5 (sometimes 10 below on the downside. This in 55 to 75 degree outside temps. When it gets hotter I just dropped the P setting down one and she's very steady on temps again.
  9. 1ray

    1ray Fire Starter

    I just wanted to seal across the bottom to keep the moister from running down the side of the tank.Thanks to all for the help

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