Door on Smoke Vault leaks pretty badly

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by cahusky, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. I have a Camp Chef Smoke Vault and the door seems to leak smoke pretty significantly. Im hoping someone has advice on how to best insulate the door. It seems to be pretty consistent at the top, bottom and around the door handle.
  2. supervman

    supervman Smoking Fanatic

    As someone who owns Camp Chef products I can tell you to FIRST call Camp Chef. They have GREAT customer service!

    I'm sure others will be along w suggestions but START by calling Camp Chef.
  3. minn.bill

    minn.bill Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    mine leaks a little smoke to but never thought nothin of it,who cares if it comes out the top or still tastes great.[​IMG]
  4. If you have a local free-standing wood fireplace store, they should have a supply of varying thickness high temperature door gaskets.
  5. I have the same issue. The door leaks badly in the upper right corner above the handle. It's just a thin piece of crap for a door. Why didn't Camp Chef think of this? Has anyone come up with a good solution? Maybe some type of heat-resistant material to fill in the gaps?
  6. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Got this at ace hardware.[​IMG]
  7. Thanks. So did this solution work well for your Smoke Vault? Did you just fill in all gaps, maybe leaving a little room so the door will close?
  8. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have a Vault & yes it leaks, but it really doesn't matter. The burner is so big I can get the temp up to 450, even with the leaks.
  9. Yes, the heat is fine in mine also, but I would like to have a better seal, so that the smoke exits the unit at the top vent like it was intended. My meats haven't been as smoky as I like, and I feel that most of the smoke is going out the door, and not staying in the unit to benefit the meat.
  10. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I really don't have that problem, but I replaced the factory cast iron chip tray with a veggie wok. I get a lot of good smoke & really don't have a problem with some of it leaking out. Here's a photo of my setup.

  11. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Try lay a bead of Rutland's high heat sealant around the inside of the doors frame and then lay a piece of Saran Wrap over the sealant and close and latch the door till the sealant fully dries. When it is dry remove the Saran Wrap and fire up the smoker to test. This should cure all major leaks, only thing that might leak is sheet metal moving a little as it heats up.

  12. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    I have a gosm .But a Gasser is a Gasser same problems.Yes it helped.I wanted to save money by making it more efficient and have more control by making the smoke and heat go out the top not the door.Think it was $10 with tax.
  13. Cool. Thanks for all the replies.

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