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New BBQ Smoker, apply gasket and RTV before or after first seasoning?

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Hello All!

 

BBQ Noob Question #112,416:

 

I have ordered a new smoker to add to my smoker toolset, a Brinkmann Vertical Smoker, and have picked up the RTV silicone and ordered the flat gasket from BBQGasket.com -- but was wondering, should I season the smoker first and then apply the RTV and/or gasket, or apply it as I put it together and then season the smoker?

 

Sounds like a simple question on the surface but I was concerned the smoker may seal itself during the seasoning cook and perhaps the sealant methods may be better after?

 

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks!

 

Bob Sellers
Chief Cook -- Pit Master
KCBS: Kilted Swine BBQ
twitter: @sellersjr
 
Anyone can put the heat to meat but few can bar-b-cue...
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I applied all of my mods before I fired it up.  Seemed to me that the gasket / rtv would stick better before any smoke / grease residue was on the surfaces, and that it would be easier to work with.  It's been close to a year, and everything is holding up very well, I haven't had to re-do anything yet.  I have the vertical with the offset fb, not sure which one you're getting, or if it matters.  You can follow the link in my signature line to see what I did, if it would help.

 

You should post some information about yourself over at Roll Call, there are a lot of people here with a ton of experience, and they're crazy helpful.  Post some pictures when you get it, we all like to see new smokers!

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Thread Starter 

Many thanks! I was kinda leaning that way but there was a little seedling of doubt after watching all the Youtube videos and noticing that many added after the first burn. I figured I might as well save my self some time and apply the RTV and gaskets as I put it together, after making sure the doors closed well enough and there wasn't any visible damage that may cause an exchange.

 

I am planning to do a picture "thread" on my website when the smoker arrives sometime tonight and I go to pick it up (I like my UPS driver, have a trailer and Home Depot is not that far away from me, so had it delivered to the store 8))

 

I will post them here as well.

 

Thanks!

 

Bob Sellers
Chief Cook -- Pit Master
KCBS: Kilted Swine BBQ
twitter: @sellersjr
 
Anyone can put the heat to meat but few can bar-b-cue...
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