Originally Posted by BobKomar
The gaps around the door and even, and the door is not proud any where around the cabinet, and it doesn't drag when opening or closing any where, so I think I'm nice and level.
Most of the smoke does go out the top dampener, so I think I'm good.
OK, you're good to go on being level if the gap is pretty even all around the door. There are a couple other things you can do which can help for a bit tighter closing of the door to the cabinet...just stepped out to look at mine to refresh my memory...make sure the door handle/latch retainer nut inside is tight...if loose, tighten and recheck fit...if tight, you can bend the cabinet lip in towards the grates, right where the latch/catch contacts the cabinet when the handle is in the fully closed position so that it pulls a bit more on the catch for the door. Then,m recheck fit again. If there is still a gap, you can slightly bend the door, so that the top and bottom are closer to the cabinet when closed...slide the door up on the hinges to remove, lay the door catch/handle stud (bolt end) on a wood block, and with a steady force, slightly bend the door from the corners downward, just until you feel the spring-back when you release pressure against it...easy does it, so you don't go too far. Re-attach and recheck fit again.
Now, one other thing comes to mind, if the door has a gap all the way around, on all four sides, then the cabinet lip would be what really needs to be adjusted, because there are no door-hinge adjustments, unfortunately....that can be done with wood blocks/hammer and/or other tools, but, you need a lot of time and patience to do this without screwing up the cabinet and having to correct any small bends in the lip. If the lip is not a straight edge when you try to fit the door again, it will be a worse fit then when you started...not fun at all, so that wouldn't be on my list of things I would want to try any time soon.
They can be tweeked for these minor gaps if you want to, just go a little bit at a time, so you don't have to fix a boo-boo....worst case is you end up with a crease in the door, which is not easily fixed, but can be repaired with some patience and time. Some cabinet smokers have door gap issues, while others don't, and it's not isolated to just a few brands or models...they all have some variances that can show up from time to time...just so you don't think the Smoke Vault has poor workmanship or quality control issues because of the door gap...it happens.