Sealing up my lids on my Ok Joe smoker. Bought some Mecco's Red Devil 1000 degree fiberglass flat rope 5/8 x 1/8 inch and the 2000 degree cement in a kit. Can't say I recommend this stuff. Couple problems, this stuff just doesn't stick very well, oh it holds the gasket on, but I can easily peel it back some, and push it back on...that ain't right is it. Seems to not be setting up or getting hard. Thats on the smoke chamber side, on the firebox side it seems to have got crusty and also doesn't seem to be holding, just barely enough to hold itself on, and this is after just one cook, whats going to happen later. The other problem I had was the lids not wanting to close right, so what I did was use some pliers and bent the little lip with the gasket on it down some accross the top and a few inches down both sides from the top, lids seem to close better now, but thinking I am gonna need to put toggle clamp on them, still on the fence on that one, they didn't leak too much yesterday, but there were just a few whispers coming out.
Anybody know of some better cement to use, also might need some better flat rope, or do they all fray out real bad at the ends, anything I do to stop that, thought about the nomex, but don't like the look. Thanks in advance for any help