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Latches for doors on smoker

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Ive noticed alot of builds using the de-sta-co type latch on the door on the smoking chamber. I am wondering why they are using the hold down style instead of the pull latch style. Is there an advantage that I am not considering?

post #2 of 11

Wizard, morning....   Maybe to hold the door in the event the heat makes it change shape and leak ?? I really have no idea...   just a WAG.... Dave

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Ive already ordered the pull latch style, hope it works out o/k.

post #4 of 11

I'm interested in latches

Where did you order them from?




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post #5 of 11
1 - 4 units ... Or more Click on PDF for pull latch models ......

Usually on eBay :-)

Dirt cheap , but china source ...

Edited by rocor98 - 8/1/12 at 12:52am
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

Be careful on size, they look bigger in the pictures than they are. I ended up getting the de-sta-co 331ss and it is a nice size for smoking chamber. The 331ss is stainless steel and I paid $30.00 for it, the non stainless 331 you can get for about $18.00 on amazon with free shipping. Every where else it was alot higher. I shopped all over the place.

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

I ment to say, you might want to go up one size from that for the smoke box. Im using it on a 120 gallon propane tank build.

post #8 of 11

Many thanks for the handle ideas!

Now I can open and close my vertical smoker with just my elbow and knee!

And the door fits much tighter.


Tip: if you must drill a hole in your smoker and want to avoid the possibility of metal filings flying everywhere,

  1. Pull all the racks out first
  2. Apply a couple of layers of masking tape to drilling area - inside and outside.
  3. Have a brave person hold half a large raw potato behind where you are drilling to catch all the metal filings.
  4. De-burr and wipe it all down with a wet rag.
  5. Secure with lock washers and Loctite™ 263
  6. Fire up the smoker to loosen any grease and wipe down again and rinse.




$4.99 at Harbor Freight

post #9 of 11

I am on the Harbor Freight Web site but I can't locate the clamps you show in the pictures.  What are they called?

post #10 of 11

They be called Toggle Clamps


White lithium grease seems to work best at keeping them working smoothly.

post #11 of 11

The rubber foot doesnt melt?

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