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chaney1320
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06 13 8:02 am    Post subject: Door question !! Reply with quote

I am fixin to get me a 250 gallon propane tank and I have a question about the doors being cut. Should I cut the top first and weld the hinges on ??? Cause everybody I see is cutting the whole door off first ! Any advice ??
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06 13 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the general recommendation is to cut it out and then put it back on later. The doors are likely going to warp some after you've got them cut out (it just happens--there isn't a perfect strategy to prevent it). By having the doors off, it makes it easy to persuade them back into shape. Also, you can count on it moving a bit as you weld everything you need on the inside.

That's just my general summary based on reading this board.

If you are concerned about getting it to line back up, consider making several marks in multiple directions pre-cut with a paint pen that serve as alignment markets for the final fit up. On my pit, I'm considering welding some guides (angle iron) to the doors before the cut is 100%, and then putting a stop below the guides (bar? tbd) that the guides would rest against when I put the doors back in place.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06 13 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey chaney1320, from what I've read on the forums here, it seems the best approach is to cut your doors out leaving the corners attached as well as a small bit in the middle along the sides. Let everything cool off before your finish your cuts. This will help keep them from warping. Checkout this thread http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20771. Good luck with your build!
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chaney1320
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06 13 3:12 pm    Post subject: Warped life Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice !! That is a good tip I will defiantly not cut the whole door at one time off and when I do I will brace it with angle iron. Any other advice like that would be nice !!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06 13 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chaney1320, sounds like you got the cutting figured out. Very Happy

As for welding the hinges on, I wouldn't. I think it'll be easier to clean up your cuts and do any straightening if you can pull the door off.

Good luck with it. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06 13 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chaney1320, this is how I cut all my doors out.

The arrows show what was left to cool. I always cut my doors completely out for cleaning and tweaking. If the door goes stupid on you and you have put your hinges on it can be tough to fix.
I hope this helps. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07 13 2:24 am    Post subject: Warped life!! Reply with quote

A pic is worth a thousand words !! That helps a lot !! Thanks !!
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