Ok , as promised, here are the pics of the messy gasket and the coat hanger handles for the lower rack....
The handles are pretty big but they make it easy to fit my grilling gloves into....
A bit of a closer view - I just wrapped the end of the hanger around the perimeter of the rack but
after the first lateral wire on the grid. That keeps it from trying to slide the ends of the hanger together
if the rack started to tilt and the food shifted....so far, it works well and will take a lot of weight....that
coat hanger wire is tough stuff. If you are unsure, add an extra wrap or 2. I tried to do 2 wraps. Seems
plenty to me....YMMV.
A look inside - you can see the handles come up to the top rack supports. If they hit them,
rotate the lower rack a bit or just stretch the handles wider and it will pull the top down a bit.
Have some salt potatoes (new potatoes for the non-NY-staters) in the water pan to ride along
with the chicken that was the main course....
Messy gasket job - red RTV, which was all I could find around here....No biggie -
I am sure it will end up black eventually.... As long as the food turns out good, I
The worst of the messy gasket - the join. Holds smoke well though.
Results? This thing held the temps dead on for the 2 hours I did the smoke.
Previously, it kept ramping up. No thermometer yet but that will happen soon.
Using the built-in junky one, temps settled to the I in 'IDEAL' in the center of
the dial. Only adjusted it once and that was to let a little more air in at the
bottom, as it was settling just above 'WARM' initially. The gasket & vent
mods caused a total transformation of this thing.... I would now trust it to be
left alone to hold temps for probably up to 3 hrs w/o checking. I pulled the
upper portion away from the charcoal section and I'd be willing to bet I had a
good 2 hours left on the charcoal in it. I used the snake method for the burn.
Chicken came out moist and tasty - marinated it in Cornell sauce overnight
and basted it a couple times during the smoke. All in all, great results from
this smoker. It will more than do the job for the foreseeable future, at least
for my needs. I'm not feeding more than 8-10 people at any given time, so
the beastie is plenty big enough....
Hope this helps...