out of square chargriller

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by 1894, May 30, 2008.

  1. 1894

    1894 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Measuring the diagonals the lower half of my cooking chamber is at least 3/4" out of square [​IMG] I took the lid off , loosened the bolts to the frame and shelves , put a bar clamp across it and and pulled it back past square and tightened everything back up But it just twisted back to where it started. Since the lid was off , I stood that on end and tried to get that twisted to match , right up to the point were that little voice said " a little more and you will really screw it up " ( that voice is usually right on , I've tested it many times [​IMG] )
    Any idears ? heres a pic or two.
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Does the lid match the body? Got a decent seal? Don't mess with it ;{)
  3. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Most cuts of meat aren't perfectly square any way so they'll still fit ok.[​IMG]
  4. 1894

    1894 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    NO , if anything the lid is tweaked the oposite way [​IMG] sits on top at the front right corner.
    If I could weld , I'd make the angle iron mod and weld it square and bolt it on , but that's not really an option right now.
  5. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Seems like you could bolt on a couple of corner brackets on somewhere to take that out.
  6. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hmm you COULD torque it to match... and while clamped, drill and mount a crossbrace of the angle.
  7. teeotee

    teeotee Smoking Fanatic

    Since the lid is tweaked the opposite way i guess it got twisted in the box somehow. Don't they ship with one inside the other?

    Have you tried calling Chargriller ..... could be worth it.

    Although you'd have to wait for a replacement ......... and no-one wants to do that [​IMG] .

    Edit ... Just checked the pics again ... looks pretty well used already
  8. ncdodave

    ncdodave Smoking Fanatic

    I didnt have a problem to that extent with mine, (its only 1/4" off and i filled the gap with stove gasket rope). but id get some flat iron or small angle iron and drill a hole at each side of one corner and brace your corners to hold your smoker square. be sure to put the braces just below the cooking grates. as fot the lid if you brace the corners to square up the lid you will loose grill space because you cant put food near the braces or the lid wont close. However near the top of the lid you could put 2 pieces of flat iron to form an X tying opposite corners to try to pull it into shape.
    Good luck!
    Im not a metal worker by any means so i dont know how these mods would work.
  9. agmeyer

    agmeyer Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I just finished assembling my Silver Smoker and noticed the lid on the grill wasn't just hunky dory either. It got tweaked out of round and square in the box. I am going to live with it. Does anyone know if the Rutland's silicone sealant or gasket adhesive will hold the gasket rope to the lid? I'd like to glue a gasket all around the inside of the lid so it would be out of the way when I open the lid. Thanks.[​IMG]
  10. moltenone

    moltenone Smoking Fanatic

    measure across the front,left to right then do it across the back,if there different your more than out of square.

  11. 1894

    1894 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Front and back measure the same , as Teeotee mentioned top is shipped inside the bottom . Musta got racked in shipping. Gonna rain this weekend , but I'll see what I can come up with , just wanna get it right the first time, LOL
  12. moltenone

    moltenone Smoking Fanatic

    good luck Phil.


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