Would this be a Heath hazard or safe?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by hawtsauc3, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. hawtsauc3

    hawtsauc3 Fire Starter

    okay so i found half my answer and that is zinc and galvanized plating is a health hazard. that said how do you find bolts and washers that aren't either. Everything seems to have it.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2016
  2. tbern

    tbern Fire Starter

    Would stainless steel bolts work?
  3. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I use stainless steel bolts. 

    Not sure how critical it would be for just a few little mini-bolts.  Just out of caution I guess?

    Good luck and good smoking.
  4. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    I've read other people on here talk about burning off the zinc with torches or in a fire before using in the smoker. I've used the stainless steel.
  5. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Use stainless, even a small amount of zinc off gassing can be bad. If you local big box store does not have stainless try a local bolt supplier or an automotive store.
  6. smokinal

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

    Brass works also.


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