Damper closed = odor

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New Member
Feb 28, 2023
I have been operating my VC encore for two seasons. Brand new unit. Recently I have started getting a smoke odor after the stove comes up to temp and I close the damper. I suspect the griddle gasket may be bad it’s starting to feel hard around the front of the stove towards the handle. Does this sound like a reasonable theory?


Minister of Fire
Oct 10, 2022
Could be, any signs of soot? Close the griddle on a dollar bill and see if it slips out easily in a few places. VC's are known to puff back with the damper closed and the cat hot, the box will flashover and emit a puff pushing past the griddle gasket.