Is using gasket maker ok for carb and intake gaskets? I've used it for other applications and havent had any issues.
Indian head gasket shellac.........WOW been using that since the late 70's!! Love it!! got 3 bottles, 1 of them has to be 25 years old and I still use it!!!! Thanks!!!Yes, I would also definitely HIGHLY recommend either buying the correct gaskets (they can't be that expensive as Bolens 1000 pointed out...) or buying a roll of gasket material and making your own rather than trying to use any kind of gasket maker junk that comes in a whipped cream bottle looking dispenser or anything like that. You shouldn't have to use any type of RTV Silicone or gasket maker or other adhesives like that to get your carburetor or intake manifold to seal. The original gaskets work fine and anything else will just make a mess, could potentially be more prone to leaking than the correct gasket, and most importantly could cause bits of dried sealant to get sucked into the engine causing problems.
If you really need help holding the gasket in place while installing the parts, you can put a very light coating of grease on the gasket before putting it into place. I believe you can also use some of that Indian Head Gasket Shellac or Hi-Tack to do the same thing, but the grease will work just as well and has more uses than the gasket shellac stuff. Just don't put any Blue or Black RTV Silicone on the gasket surfaces to try to hold it in place and/or help to seal it as it will cause more problems than it is worth.