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Replacing fuel door handle on WSM

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

I'll inquire at the Weber forum too, but I am curious if any WSM owners have replaced the fuel door handle/latch.  Yesterday, after 10 hours of smoking, the handle spontaneously came apart (and the door popped open).  The handle is cheaply built, and although I'm sure that Weber will agree to send a replacement, I'd like to buy or make something more robust.

 

Any thoughts?  Thanks!

post #2 of 8

I have never seen a replacement handle, there is a SS door you can buy, but it doesn't come with a handle.

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi Al,

 

Yes, I have the SS door from cajunbandit, and it's great.  I've read about other WSM owners who have had similar problems with the fuel door handle, and I'm a little surprised that alternatives to Weber's handle aren't readily available.

 

Here's hoping that I can come up with something, since keeping the front door closed is kind of important.  :)

post #4 of 8

Which model WSM is it (and if it's 18.5" is it the old style or new)?  Weber should send you a new one.  When I got my WSM in 2005 there was a very slight crack in the ridge from where the door was pressed.  Noticed it on the very first smoke.  Called Weber and they sent me a new one.  Never had a problem with my handle though.

 

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post #5 of 8

Man that's a new one on me. I have had my WSM for round 12 years I believe and have not had a problem with my handle. Weber has GREAT customer service so I don't think you will have a problem.

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by dward51 View Post

Which model WSM is it (and if it's 18.5" is it the old style or new)?  Weber should send you a new one.  When I got my WSM in 2005 there was a very slight crack in the ridge from where the door was pressed.  Noticed it on the very first smoke.  Called Weber and they sent me a new one.  Never had a problem with my handle though.

 

 

It's the 22.5", and I purchased it new about 7 months ago.
 

 

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Wren View Post

It's the 22.5", and I purchased it new about 7 months ago.
 

 



I would be willing to bet if you give Weber a call they will ship you a new door or handle without any problem.

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Weber agreed to replace the latch and door (apparently the latch is not a piece that is replaced by itself...the door always gets thrown in), which wasn't a surprise but which is greatly appreciated.  In the meantime, I found a cabinet latch at a local hardware store that I think may make a nice substitute.  Korean barbecue is on the menu this weekend, so if I can rig a quick fix, I'll post pics of my "homebrewed" latch.

 

Thanks, all!

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