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need ideas for door hinges on 24" horizontal tank build

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24 10 6:57 am    Post subject: need ideas for door hinges on 24" horizontal tank build Reply with quote

I know about weld-on hinges, the two-piece kind with the bronze insert like you get at the welding supply. I know about cutting up pieces of steel tube with a close-fitting round bar inside, and welding alternate pieces on each side.

I've seen some really cool hinges over the last year or so, but I find now that I'm actually building the thing I don't really have time to go back and search for them. If you have some hinges you made that you particularly like, would you please post a link to the picture, please not a link to a long long build thread?

Thanks so much!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24 10 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a pic of HillbillySmoker's hinge design. It might help.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24 10 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I remember, the Hillbilly hinges showed up on several builds with much praise. I almost made some the same, but then got lazy and bought hinges.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24 10 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A+ on Hillbillysmoker's design! I am still using a variation of this design on my vertical doors. The design along with 1/4" steel and double nut grade 8 bolts has pretty much eliminated any sag even with 30+ lb doors and work well also on bridging the gap on the cooker door ass'y on larger smokers. They also just plain look good. They do take a bit of time to fab tho.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25 10 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I'm going to go with Hillbilly's design. This look about right to you guys? http://www.tinyisland.com/images/temp/hinge.pdf

I have a buddy with a waterjet machine who runs a small business out of his garage. I'll see if he can make me a set of 12. As these should work on many smokers, if someone else wanted some I could probably get him to make them too. He's really reasonable.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25 10 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

seattlepitboss, looks like a plan. Post some pics when you get them installed. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26 10 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not very good pics but mine are a modified version of Hilbilly's in the shape of an "R".

They can also be used for your handle.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26 10 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slapout, I like your version, but the letter R doesn't have any meaning for me .. you didn't cut those out by hand, did you?

My parts should be here mid-week-next. I'll post a pic when I get the doors cut. I'm going to cut the top door edge, then weld on the hinges, then cut the rest of the door. That way no matter what the doors will be aligned.

I just went with 3/8" holes, figuring 1/2" grade 8 is completely ridiculous overkill for 30 pound doors. I am currently considering using 3/8x7/8" steel round head rivets hand peened cold instead of bolts. I don't think it's likely I'll need to fully remove the doors, and if I do, it isn't that hard to use a rivet washing torch tip to remove one rivet head anyway.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26 10 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, Wreckless, I got your PM .. please check your PM.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27 10 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

seattlepitboss wrote:
Slapout, I like your version, but the letter R doesn't have any meaning for me ..
metalmagpie

Me either but they looked so good I had considered changing my name.....Reckless? Naw....
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30 10 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
you didn't cut those out by hand, did you?


I handed the guy that cut them out with a CNC machine a boston butt if that counts.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30 10 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the look of those hinges. Think I will have the cad boys at work draw those up and cut out a bunch on the laser. Im hoping to throw a build together this fall and am already starting to get some parts put together.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01 10 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got my hinges back from the waterjet shop. They look great! Each pair is just slightly still connected to the others, so you can see how they nest -- makes for efficient use of the material and a set of 12 hinges packs into the smallest flat rate envelope. The connecting tit when you break them apart is really easy to sand off. If anyone wants a set for $79 email me at gwe AT tinyisland DOT com, thanks! Here's a pic:
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01 10 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

seattlepitboss, I like your hinges they came out really nice. Your friend does nice work. Very Happy
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