UDS Poll - How many of you tossed the rubber seal?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by dbarnett66, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. dbarnett66

    dbarnett66 Smoke Blower

    I am curious to see how many of you are using the rubber seal that cam with the lid on your barrel. It is listed as a EPDM rubber seal. When I looked up EPDM on the internet, it mentions ethyl something, but I am no chemist.

    Your thoughts?
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You are no chemist. ;{)

    Maximum service temp...100-120° C 212 to 240°F - remove it.
  3. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well, if you don't remove it, the lid isin't going to seal.....It has to come off!! [​IMG]
  4. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    isn't that what the seal is THERE for.........to seal the lid?
  5. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nope, seal is for keeping the LIQUIDS from coming out when the ring is on tight.
    Remove the seal and the lid drops on pretty tite! [​IMG]
  6. dbarnett66

    dbarnett66 Smoke Blower

    A tight seal was a concern of mine. I will toss the rubber seal and worry no more. It seems like I am putting way too much thought on this. [​IMG]
  7. packplantpath

    packplantpath Smoking Fanatic

    Heh, I bet if you leave it on there and get it up to say 300*, it'll be sealed real good!!!!!
  8. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I can see it now.
    Brisket reaching 250 and the poor guy with a hammer trying to get the melted on lid off.
    I'd pull it
  9. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Took mine off after barrel burn in. The darn thing put out a huge stink when It burned, take it off before burn in.

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