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How do I build a Firebox Latch? Please show me your pics.

 
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Pappy
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21 13 5:12 am    Post subject: How do I build a Firebox Latch? Please show me your pics. Reply with quote

We are building an offset smoker and looking for ways to make the door latch for the firebox. We like the idea of using a freezer door latch, but we are not sure if it will be heavy enough to withstand the heat. Please post a picture of your firebox latch, so we can get some great build ideas. We appreciate your help.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21 13 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pappy, here are some pics of the latch on my Hybrid.


The wedge on the firebox goes up, this way the weight of the handle keeps the door latched.


Here is one I built for firebox mod on a cooker.



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22 13 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m.'s way of doing handles works perfectly. Ive "borrowed" his ideal more than a time or two. I just did my handles a little different on the outside, but identical on the inside of the firebox.



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22 13 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

antique window latch.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08 13 2:08 am    Post subject: Spiral Handles Reply with quote

Where do you buy those spiral handles?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08 13 2:21 am    Post subject: Re: Spiral Handles Reply with quote

Steve. D. wrote:
Where do you buy those spiral handles?


Lots of folks buy cheap welding hammers, and use the handles.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08 13 2:41 am    Post subject: Re: Spiral Handles Reply with quote

Steve. D. wrote:
Where do you buy those spiral handles?


We bought our at:
http://www.kck.com/bbq_pit_spring_handle_barbecue_grill_smoker_wood_stove.html
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09 13 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is how I do mine with 1/2'' rod and 1/2'' schedule 80.





I hope these are the right size, been awhile. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09 13 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blazer wrote:
Here is how I do mine with 1/2'' rod and 1/2'' schedule 80.










I hope these are the right size, been awhile. Wink

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09 13 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks ole bud need all the help I can get. Very Happy Guess I should have hid that mig gun huh. Just know that my O/A setup was close at hand Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11 13 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blazer wrote:
Thanks ole bud need all the help I can get. Very Happy Guess I should have hid that mig gun huh. Just know that my O/A setup was close at hand Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


great pics guys. I am at that stage... could somebody explain the piece inside the camber with the angle?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11 13 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bearcat6973 wrote:
Blazer wrote:
Thanks ole bud need all the help I can get. Very Happy Guess I should have hid that mig gun huh. Just know that my O/A setup was close at hand Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


great pics guys. I am at that stage... could somebody explain the piece inside the camber with the angle?


bearcat6973, the wedge is what the bar on the door latches against. This works well because as the door heats up the closure changes and the wedge lets you apply more or less pressure on the handle for a tight fit.
I hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11 13 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

makes sense.-- would the angle facing up or down make a difference? ( in my noob mind I would think the angle facing up and you turning the hangle down on it (with gravity) would make a better closure)) Just trying to determine the latch that would give me the best bang for the buck...

FYI tried to post a similar response but something happend so sorry if I have two posts.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12 13 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bearcat6973, the way I build mine to tighten the handle turns clockwise and down. The weight of the handle keeps the door closed during travel time.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12 13 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pappy,
Here is a link for a few more handles and latches. Wink

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=38051&highlight=
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