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Simple Support For Heavy Smoker Doors

 
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Madmike
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02 16 11:26 pm    Post subject: Simple Support For Heavy Smoker Doors Reply with quote

I'm finishing up a gas grill/smoker combo for a friend made from a 30 by 48 propane tank, and the door was over 120 lbs, so I used chevy truck hinge springs doubled to hold it up and assist opening,they lift instantly,and hold it an any position all the way up, they fold up on themselves,and tuck up into the top curve of thr smoker when the door is closed so they're not in the way of the cooking grate. It would never get hot enough even using it high temp as a grill to affect the temper og the springs,so i'll never have to worry about someone getting hurt by the door. Cheap at $15 each and simple to mount,one each side wasen't quite enough,so I welded a tube spacer between them and doubled up!! How do you add Pics from my Pictures Folder?[/img]

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03 16 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4096

read this and you should be good.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03 16 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds like an awesome idea! I would be very interested in seeing how you made them work.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03 16 1:48 am    Post subject: support for heavy doors Reply with quote

BurnBern wrote:
That sounds like an awesome idea! I would be very interested in seeing how you made them work.

I'm trying to Post the pics, They show How to mount them,I've got them on photobucket,but still driving me crazy!!
Mike

I give up!!!! I asked soezzy to post them, hopefully he can!!
Tripled they will hold up the single door of the 240 gallon RF I'm making.
Mike



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04 16 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You get those pics figured out?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04 16 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done they looking pretty good. What we're gut is your door and have you done a test burn with them in please yet.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04 16 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BurnBern wrote:
Well done they looking pretty good. What we're gut is your door and have you done a test burn with them in please yet.


I've used them singly in a few Grills that run up to 600 degrees with no change in spring temper. Those were normal flat doors in the 75-80 lb range. We split this tank,so that we could use a second grate 24by42wide,not planning ahead for a way to support such a heavy door without huge counterweights,2 assisted,but could not hold up the door,so I used 2 each side and it will hold in any position up to full open,perfect balance,a 5 year old could open and close it with no chance of slamming,the second the latches are released the door opens about a quarter of an inch on it's own.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04 16 11:22 pm    Post subject: Supports Reply with quote

The Springs are for a 2000 chevy pickup and are 12-15$ each new, I like the way they scissor closed to tuck up out of the way inside the tank, it's easy to change the lift pressure by the mounting points, and also by reversing them so the vee shape is the other way for lighter doors. they won't bind as long as the mounting points are 1 1/2 -2 inches apart when it is scissored closed. closed it is about 3 inches at the spring end by about 8 inches long. I've used gas springs mounted outside the cook chamber,but always woory about one going bad and the door hitting someone, aka a liftgate on a suv. I picked up the grill at the sandblaster sat,so i'll finish it and paint it this week. Hopefully i'll have this picture thing figured out by then so I don't bother SoEzzy again!! Thanks for getting them on!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05 16 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Madmike Looks pretty nice Exclamation

I also like that slant cut on your lid...just a nice 1 off look.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05 16 8:52 am    Post subject: door cut Reply with quote

Maniac wrote:
Madmike Looks pretty nice Exclamation

I also like that slant cut on your lid...just a nice 1 off look.


Maniac, we cut the door that way to allow a 24by36 lower grate, a 24by42 middle grate,and a third 24by36 top grate 7 1/2 inches apart. Just weren't thinking about the weight,doubled springs solved the problem.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05 16 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice work Mike I like it. Very Happy
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