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Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by 1ray, Jun 8, 2014.
What is the best way to seal the lid on a smoker ? Is there a gasket that can be used?
What smoker are you thinking of putting a seal on.... pictures would help....
It is a Rec Tec
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...
Looks like it does have a smoke stack but I agree. Would double check with mfg to see what they think first
DOH !!!!!!! :head-wall: .... This is where you insert some "old age" joke..... HAHAHAHA
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 it...it has been done. You might search for something similar to this:
Nomex gasket...just Google nomex or BBQ gaskets.
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.
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