Next, I started to play with latches. I like this but think I will make it a bit longer to also include a lock so my grates stay safe.
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Ok. Last post and I am all caught up in this build. I regret not posting as I built this beast. I am sure I missed out on so much priceless advice. I still have so much work to do, but am very close to actually starting my first fire.
Here is were she stands today with the thermometers in and looking pretty.
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I do need some help. If you look at post #44(fourth pic) and # 51(second pic), you will see a gap at the bottom of the doors. I actually have this on both smoker doors. I originally had a bigger gap, but it turned out it was just caught as the cuts are not 100% straight. not sure what to do. I grounded down the inside some, and that fixed a bunch of the gap, but I still have ~1/4-1/2 inch opening. I planned on the toggle clamps, but cant seem to find ones that will fit my dimensions. I have also strapped them down with straps and attempted to heat up the doors with a propane torch. All that did was melt the straps and break them... any ideas??? I do know this is a common problem from reading the forum, but every build is different and I do not have many tools...
There is a web site called "The Toggle Clamp Store". I just bought 500lb clamps for $5 and some change. Clamps were here in less than a week.
I too had the same problem. Tanks are engineered and when you cut them they literally come alive. First off I checked all welds to make sure they weren't interfering with door closing. I cured most of the problem with a grinder. Then I installed the Toggles. Trick with them is to slightly tip them up and then weld them on. This slight angle makes all the difference in the world. I didn't research the installation too good and I have to grind 2 clamps off and resett them because I didn't tip them up just a little.