Door Gasket questions

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by thehog, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. After over a month of searching I finally got a line on a couple old fridge/freezers for a build, so I am looking starting to line up parts.  Question I had was where have you guys been getting your stove rope for the door gasket.  Is fiberglass ok to use, I know I want non graphite.

    Also has anyone tried using this Silicone Gasket from www.sausagemaker.com instead of stove rope?

    http://www.sausagemaker.com/46400siliconegasket38inch.aspx
     
  2. ballagh

    ballagh Smoking Fanatic

    I emailed rutlands about getting a 25' roll of 1" fiberglass rope and they emailed me back saying it is not recommended for use around food. So I am still looking too.

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  3. bsimm78

    bsimm78 Fire Starter

    I got 3/4 silicone d-shaped seal from mcmaster-carr. It works better than the rope.
     
  4. ballagh

    ballagh Smoking Fanatic

    $7 a foot. Ouch. I need like 20 some feet. :(

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  5. doctord1955

    doctord1955 Smoking Fanatic

    i have had stove rope on my frig build for 3yrs.  Havent had any problems with it!
     
  6. bsimm78

    bsimm78 Fire Starter

    My silicone seal cost about 33 bucks for 15 feet.
     
  7. ballagh

    ballagh Smoking Fanatic

    Would you mind posting a pic of it installed. I am curious about it. I have a 5/8" door gap. Do they have 7/8 or should I go with 1"?

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  8. bsimm78

    bsimm78 Fire Starter

    Will be installed tomorrow evening[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  9. ballagh

    ballagh Smoking Fanatic

    thanks for posting that pic.  are you going to silicone it on there?
     
  10. bsimm78

    bsimm78 Fire Starter

    Yea. Just going to use rtv to attach.
     
  11. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That looks pretty nice. I may switch to that if I ever have to replace my rope.
     
  12. hdflame

    hdflame Meat Mopper

    Thanks for the pictures and info.  Would love to see pics when it's installed and hear your thoughts on how the installation went.
     
  13. bsimm78

    bsimm78 Fire Starter

    No problem. It should go smooth. Cutting ends at 45 degree angles to square them up. Running bead if rtv and using masking tape to hold in place as I mount, close the door and wait 24 hours before opening it back up.
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2013
  14. bsimm78

    bsimm78 Fire Starter

    I never really wanted to use the rope, even though that's what I originally bought. I searched around for a while before finding the website I bought this stuff on. It should seal up much better and not let water through. Since i will be leaving the fridge either outside or in outside storage shed, I wanted something that would seal better than the fire rope and I couldn't beat the price.
     
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  15. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good point. Water infiltration is a major pain up here in the PNW. I've had to do most of my smokes just inside the garage to keep the rope from getting wet.
     
  16. ballagh

    ballagh Smoking Fanatic

    I called them today and they said it is food safe and will handle temps up too 400 degrees.  The only thing they were not sure about was how much it is going to compress.  My door to fridge face gap is 5/8".  Thinking maybe getting the 1" and hoping it smashed dow nenough since there is a air gap inside the middle of the gasket.  Not to get too personal without buying dinner first but what is your door gap and what size did you get? :)  Thanks for the info and pics.  I am going to be getting this for mine
     
  17. bsimm78

    bsimm78 Fire Starter

    My door gap is just a hair over 1/2 inch. There are two different thped of that gasket. The one i got is called foam rubber. It has air pockets and is much softer so it will compress more even and smooth and give a better seal. So i got 3/4 inch. Like I said, it is very soft so it will compress well. The second picture has the part number and description of what I bought. If i were you I would go with 1 inch because 3/4 is only 1/8th bigger than your 5/8 gap.
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2013
  18. bsimm78

    bsimm78 Fire Starter

    . When you get your seal in you'll be happy. Its very soft. You'll like it.
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2013
  19. ballagh

    ballagh Smoking Fanatic

    so I ordered mine today from mc master carr.  how did your install go?  got any pics?
     
  20. bsimm78

    bsimm78 Fire Starter

    Have a better pic but can't find it. It's air and water tight due to the door gasket, gate valve for intake and the silicone strip on damper at
    Exhaust.
     

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