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2 words: Butyl tape.
That would work perfectly for establishing a good gasket. But the stuff never dries, so it would always be there, sticky and catching crumbs from the top surface.
I think silicone would work because it does solidify after awhile. Thinking about this some more, I could tape-off a section of the lid, so the silicone would be exactly where I want it to be. Then I could trim off the excess.
Related to this, I've designed a simple circuit to increase efficiency. When you start the engine (or your wind genny goes into dump load mode), it does a couple things. #1) It affects/restarts the thermostat to override the hystersis between the minimum and maximum temperature. And #2) it puts the compressor on high speed. [And adding #3: it doesn't overdo it when the dump load is frequently cycling on and off.] All that with just a handful of parts and some wire, and it doesn't use any power when standing-by. I've shelved building it until I get a good lid gasket made.
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