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mpwildy



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18 08 9:00 pm    Post subject: seal around the door question Reply with quote

I have acquired an 80 gallon butane tank that has been sitting full of water for a couple of weeks. I am planning on cutting the doors and then welding flat iron around them to help seal them off. does anyone put any type of insulation or something to help seal it off?? If so what do you used and where do you get it?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18 08 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will be using the gasket (looks like rope) that you buy for wood burning stoves. I can buy it at TSC for 15 bucks a roll.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18 08 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

how thick is it and how do you get it to stick. does it have some type of adhesive on it?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18 08 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have it yet but I do beleive that it is about 1/2 thick. I think it comes with a tube of high heat silicone or something.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18 08 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most use the high temp silicone I think. My cooker seals pretty good w/o it and I kind of like the look of the smoke sneaking out the cracks around the door although I am not sure how much heat I am loosing?

Has anyone noticed a significant difference in temp retention after installing the gasket rope?

Just curious because this may give me longer burns on the same fuel.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19 08 2:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I would think that you would gain heat with a good seal. Better seal = less airflow needed = less fuel. I know what you are saying about the smoke though, the ahhhh factor looks cool. She smells good too.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19 08 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea - For summer cooking I wont worry about it because the"Ahhh" factor is nice but as it gets on into fall here in Michigan I think I will seal her up for a longer cook season.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19 08 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bushbow, yup your only about an hour from me. I know all about winter cookin. Neighbors think I'm nuts cooking in 2 feet of snow but they can have their TV dinners and I will take the Q. See ya at MIS??
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19 08 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might also try tadpole gasket. I think that's what Stumps uses. I certainly plan on using it on my next cooker. Essentially it's a fiberglass gasket with another layer of fiberglass over top of it, stitched so that there is an extra flap on one side. You can pop rivet, glue and screw it to your door surface. Or you can sandwich it between the seams of your door (what I plan to do). From what I hear it's good stuff and saves worrying about the hi-temp silicone failing or making a mess.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19 08 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nate_bone wrote:
You might also try tadpole gasket. I think that's what Stumps uses. I certainly plan on using it on my next cooker. Essentially it's a fiberglass gasket with another layer of fiberglass over top of it, stitched so that there is an extra flap on one side. You can pop rivet, glue and screw it to your door surface. Or you can sandwich it between the seams of your door (what I plan to do). From what I hear it's good stuff and saves worrying about the hi-temp silicone failing or making a mess.


How do you mean sandwich between the seams of your door?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20 08 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stumps uses an insulated door, so it has an inner piece that sandwichwes the tag-end of the gasket between 2 pieces of metal.

I do not think that can be done too easily on what your building.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20 08 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, I have a piece of 24" pipe that I I was going to make into a grill, but the tank became available. I thought about wrapping the pipe around the tank to insulate it more since the pipt is 3/8" and the tank says it is only 0.1875".
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22 08 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you cut the tank open yet?, if not i would drain it and refill it a few times to get rid of any residual liquid propane just to be on the safe side.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23 08 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it was actually a butane tank. I filled it up and drained it a few times over a course of two weeks. I cut the legs off this weekend and accidentally got into it a couple of times with the torch and nothing happened. I am planning on taking it to a professional to cut the doors. I will try to post a couple of pictures.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23 08 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

does anyone know how to post pictures??[img][/img]
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23 08 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have to load your pics into a free site like Photo bucket then it is a breeze. I had the same problem
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24 08 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are on snapfish the link is

http://www1.snapfish.com/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=225107264/a=5495794_5495794/t_=5495794

I don't knowif it will let you in or not it may ask for a password
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24 08 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the site that hosts the pictures needs to show them with a .jpeg extension.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24 08 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So now you open a second window with the snapfish site up and there should be a html option to click on to copy the photo then open the new Smokering thread and paste.

Then they are right here for all to see
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24 08 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a little Chicken I toasted in the Smoker loaded from Photo Bucket
Sorry about the large pics


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