Seal liner detaching on Timberline 1300

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This is a new 1300 maybe 45 days old. I have smoked on it maybe 10 times so far.

Today I noticed the seal liner (not sure the proper name) is detaching at the top of the drum door—see picture. For $2000 I would have not have expected to have a defect like this already.

I pushed in the little cotter pin-like steel holders pushing from the seal back into the small holes. But after closing and opening the drum door I can already see them coming out again.

Any thoughts what else to try?
 

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They are similar to those used in the automotive industry. If you can spread the clip a little it will push in harder and hold stonger. Also check to see if lid or barrel is bowed cause the gap to be to tight and when the lid is being shut peeling the seal off.
 

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I experienced that on my Ironwood. Those retaining clips resemble the softness of a staple, so in my opinion once they start falling out of the mounting holes they begin to deform and increasingly lose their ability to secure the gasket. I had Traeger send me a new gasket kit.
 
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I experienced that on my Ironwood. Those retaining clips resemble the softness of a staple, so in my opinion once they start falling out of the mounting holes they begin to deform and increasingly lose their ability to secure the gasket. I had Traeger send me a new gasket kit.

I will call them tomorrow
 

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I am glad I ran across this. My Ironwood is doing the same thing. I will call them tomorrow as well.
 
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I am glad I ran across this. My Ironwood is doing the same thing. I will call them tomorrow as well.
I just got off with them. Did not realize I had not registered it so they did that for me first. You will need serial number which is under the top of the hooper if you too have not registered.

They did say if the drum top is not perfectly aligned this can cause the gasket (correct terminology) to come loose. Anyways I do not think it is the issue my issue.

They are sending me a replacement part for me to install. I hope it is easy to install as I am not too handy.

Good to know too its a 3 year warranty so if I have other issues I should be taken care off.
 
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I had this issue with my gasket as well, in the same area. The Timberline lid slightly slides a bit along the top seal area, which tends to pull on the gasket and can release the clips.

A new gasket won't likely fix this, but it is pretty easy to fix the issue. Here's two steps.

1- This is mainly to reduce the pulling in the first place. Apply a thin film of silicone grease around the door seal frame and also rub some into the gasket itself along that top edge. This helps a lot.

2- This is the key fix. The clips themselves are triangular in shape and once pressed into the mounting holes where they expand and are supposed to hold. They are somewhat light gage steel and can come unplugged like you are experiencing. Here is a sketch of a clip;
Hood Gasket Clips.jpg

The Key to locking these clips in place is to expand them and insert them far enough to get the free end of the clip to pop open inside the hole. This absolutely locks the gasket and it won't pop out again. Once I nerded this out, used needle nose pliers to help me slightly shape the clips, and insert them so that the free end would lock. This fixed my gasket issue going on 6 months now so I'm confident that this is the permanent fix.

Good luck and keep us posted!
 
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I had this issue with my gasket as well, in the same area. The Timberline lid slightly slides a bit along the top seal area, which tends to pull on the gasket and can release the clips.

A new gasket won't likely fix this, but it is pretty easy to fix the issue. Here's two steps.

1- This is mainly to reduce the pulling in the first place. Apply a thin film of silicone grease around the door seal frame and also rub some into the gasket itself along that top edge. This helps a lot.

2- This is the key fix. The clips themselves are triangular in shape and once pressed into the mounting holes where they expand and are supposed to hold. They are somewhat light gage steel and can come unplugged like you are experiencing. Here is a sketch of a clip;
View attachment 3867
The Key to locking these clips in place is to expand them and insert them far enough to get the free end of the clip to pop open inside the hole. This absolutely locks the gasket and it won't pop out again. Once I nerded this out, used needle nose pliers to help me slightly shape the clips, and insert them so that the free end would lock. This fixed my gasket issue going on 6 months now so I'm confident that this is the permanent fix.

Good luck and keep us posted!
On #1 are you saying on the outside of the gasket (i.e. where the gasket meets the metal frame on the main part of the smoker? Also what kind of silicone are you talking about?
 

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On #1 are you saying on the outside of the gasket (i.e. where the gasket meets the metal frame on the main part of the smoker? Also what kind of silicone are you talking about?
I used a clear'ish silicone grease, used to lube rubber o-rings etc. for pool equip. Just something clean to add some slip and slide.

Yes, on the outside surface of the gasket. As you close the timberline lid the top rear kind of slides into place as it seats as the lid closes.
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And while we are talking, be sure to check your hinge pivot screws. Mine almost came out, they are now set with LocTite.
 

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This is a new 1300 maybe 45 days old. I have smoked on it maybe 10 times so far.

Today I noticed the seal liner (not sure the proper name) is detaching at the top of the drum door—see picture. For $2000 I would have not have expected to have a defect like this already.

I pushed in the little cotter pin-like steel holders pushing from the seal back into the small holes. But after closing and opening the drum door I can already see them coming out again.

Any thoughts what else to try?
Hey my name is Shawn Jordan live in Kansas I purchased a Timberline 850 I’m having the same issue from day 1 - I have had my TimberLine 850 for a few months and needed to call Traeger got a gal on the line named Tauna - she assisted me with some other issues & then joined in a video call 📱 so I could show her my lid seal coming off in the exact same place as yours on your Timberline 1300 I said this smoker was $1800 and I expected more for my money - in addition when I revived my Timberline 850 in the box and my friend Dennis was over helping me with the assembly found that the lid when I close it kind of tweaked to one side the right corner seems to be out just a hit so the lid doesn’t close straight down as it should I had been living with it until I called Traeger for some help with an entirely different issue and then made Tauna aware of my issues also the front stainless steel shelf did not screw in al the way on the holes into the pellet hopper I’m like wth I had to back the head out with washers to actually get the screws to tighten down so the front stainless shelf was fitting tightly so what the hell fo you do with this I’m about to call and talk to a Manager about these issues let me know what you think but I wanted to let you know you are not alone when it comes to issues with such a high $$$ outdoor appliance I’m a hit pissed off give me a shout out and please let me know who you are text me 913-626-6650 or use the Traeger Forum let me know thanks a lot appreciate your feedback and response
 

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Hey my name is Shawn Jordan live in Kansas I purchased a Timberline 850 I’m having the same issue from day 1 - I have had my TimberLine 850 for a few months and needed to call Traeger got a gal on the line named Tauna - she assisted me with some other issues & then joined in a video call 📱 so I could show her my lid seal coming off in the exact same place as yours on your Timberline 1300 I said this smoker was $1800 and I expected more for my money - in addition when I revived my Timberline 850 in the box and my friend Dennis was over helping me with the assembly found that the lid when I close it kind of tweaked to one side the right corner seems to be out just a hit so the lid doesn’t close straight down as it should I had been living with it until I called Traeger for some help with an entirely different issue and then made Tauna aware of my issues also the front stainless steel shelf did not screw in al the way on the holes into the pellet hopper I’m like wth I had to back the head out with washers to actually get the screws to tighten down so the front stainless shelf was fitting tightly so what the hell fo you do with this I’m about to call and talk to a Manager about these issues let me know what you think but I wanted to let you know you are not alone when it comes to issues with such a high $$$ outdoor appliance I’m a hit pissed off give me a shout out and please let me know who you are text me 913-626-6650 or use the Traeger Forum let me know thanks a lot appreciate your feedback and response
Oh my bad Darien Jim not sure if this is 1 person or 2 my bad sorry forgive me I saw the name after I posted my response
 

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And while we are talking, be sure to check your hinge pivot screws. Mine almost came out, they are now set with LocTite.
Once a quarter I tighten all the screws, last week the left lid bolt needed almost a 1/2 turn....
 
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This is a new 1300 maybe 45 days old. I have smoked on it maybe 10 times so far.

Today I noticed the seal liner (not sure the proper name) is detaching at the top of the drum door—see picture. For $2000 I would have not have expected to have a defect like this already.

I pushed in the little cotter pin-like steel holders pushing from the seal back into the small holes. But after closing and opening the drum door I can already see them coming out again.

Any thoughts what else to try?
Same for me...only 2-3 we're popping out from Day 1 (Christmas gift). I also got a new gasket from them, but will try spreading the pins out first as well.
 
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Same for me...only 2-3 we're popping out from Day 1 (Christmas gift). I also got a new gasket from them, but will try spreading the pins out first as well.
I spoke to them on Tuesday and they are sending me a new gasket also. I am def. going to try and spread the cotter pins out before inserting.

I looked again on my door and to my untrained eye I think mine is one properly.
 

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I have the same issue with the lid seal on my Timberline 1300 it is about 9 months old. I have pushed the retainers back in... will see how long they stay in....
 

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I have the same issue with the lid seal on my Timberline 1300 it is about 9 months old. I have pushed the retainers back in... will see how long they stay in....
Mine popped out all the time during the 1st year, until I really got in there to understand why. It's critical for the free end of the clip pop open inside the sheet metal to lock like a toggle bolt.
 

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I had this issue with my gasket as well, in the same area. The Timberline lid slightly slides a bit along the top seal area, which tends to pull on the gasket and can release the clips.

A new gasket won't likely fix this, but it is pretty easy to fix the issue. Here's two steps.

1- This is mainly to reduce the pulling in the first place. Apply a thin film of silicone grease around the door seal frame and also rub some into the gasket itself along that top edge. This helps a lot.

2- This is the key fix. The clips themselves are triangular in shape and once pressed into the mounting holes where they expand and are supposed to hold. They are somewhat light gage steel and can come unplugged like you are experiencing. Here is a sketch of a clip;
View attachment 3867
The Key to locking these clips in place is to expand them and insert them far enough to get the free end of the clip to pop open inside the hole. This absolutely locks the gasket and it won't pop out again. Once I nerded this out, used needle nose pliers to help me slightly shape the clips, and insert them so that the free end would lock. This fixed my gasket issue going on 6 months now so I'm confident that this is the permanent fix.

Good luck and keep us posted!
RemE okie dokie I will take a look at this and get this picture that you illustrated in mind when trying to insert it into the sheet metal slits. Have any of you had the problems of 1) screws for the front stainless shelf are to long for the bored holes in particular the bored threaded holes on the hopper side and 2) my lid when it closes seems to be tweaked a bit to the right side that is the right corner is not aligned with the bottom of the barrel when the lid is closed --- the lid does not sit squarely/or aligned on the barrel when closed
Thanks look forward to any response - I can get the silicon lubricant in a different brand at ACE -- I know the drip system is a weak point in the design the grease dripping's don't seem to want to roll forward into the drip trough in front... and the actual drip tray is a bit thin in my opinion my previous Traeger the IW650 had a substantial drip tray...hmmm
 
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