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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11 15 12:36 am    Post subject: Odd Ball Valve question..... Reply with quote

Im building an insulated cabinet smoker. Im going to try to put the ball valve between the 1/8" inside firebox wall and the outside skin. I can put some insulation between the valve body and the 1/8th inch firebox. So my question is will the white plastic looking O ring inside the ball valve melt? The guy at Lowes had no idea if it would. This is just somthing Im looking into doing.....I do have other options, but this would make it very clean on the outside with just 2 handles on each side.

I have a heat 1500* heat gun I may try it out on one but the temp would just be a guess....

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11 15 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would be concerned with conductive heat shortening the life of the seals, the insulation around the valve will most likely intensify this heat.
Then there is that what if the valve fails? How do you get to it for repairs?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11 15 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes..... the repair part would be a chore. Thought it would look kinda cool though. I stuck a heat gun to 1 allready and she didnt take much heat. Id better re think the air intake Laughing.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11 15 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to help. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11 15 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is what I did for an air valve intake on my firebox. I have a bit of an extension away from the firebox. I too was concerned about the core melting but so far everything has held. I've had some rocking fires in there so knock on wood I think it's alright.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11 15 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the picture Mike!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12 15 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hotdog,

I agree..... Weld a nipple between the plates then you can screw the ball valve to the nipple and replace as necessary and it won't be exposed to the weld heat....

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12 15 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hot dog, if you are using the same valve as Smokin Mike did, that is a 2 piece valve and is very easy to open and replace the seal. IMHO, the farther away from the fb as Smokin Mike did would be optimal.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12 15 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bkndsdl wrote:
Hot dog, if you are using the same valve as Smokin Mike did, that is a 2 piece valve and is very easy to open and replace the seal. IMHO, the farther away from the fb as Smokin Mike did would be optimal.

Hot dog's original question was that he wanted to place the valve between the two cooker walls, could it stand the heat?. I am pretty sure the conductive heat in this area would cause the seals to fail over time.
This would also make it nearly impossible to repair if the valve failed, unless a trap door was made to access the valve. Placing the valve outside as in Mike's photo is the most logical way to implement the valve as an intake.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13 15 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry Mike, kam, I didn't read the post correctly. I believe putting them inside the wall wouldn't work; don't think the insulation would help either.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13 15 5:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bkndsdl wrote:
Sorry Mike, kam, I didn't read the post correctly. I believe putting them inside the wall wouldn't work; don't think the insulation would help either.

Heck Brother we have all done it. Wink Smile
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