I've been in the process of building a smoker and have begun to encounter some door issues. When I cut the door off nearly 6 months ago, the fit was still pretty tight with no odd gaps. Fast forward 6 months to the welding and beating on the pipe, the door no longer fit like it once did. Could anybody in Houston give me a hand or help guide me over the web please?
Here is some background on the pit: 24" diameter - 48" length
I wanted to build a reverse flow smoker but also wanted to try something different and came up with this:
Smoke and heat enter from centered rear firebox, up and diverted to the ends of the pipe under the "reverse flow/tuning" plate, and exits via the centered smoke stack. Sounds like it should work in theory? I have read of a few builds like this and they seemed to be rather pleased with it and the evenness of temperature.
Had to build a crane to get the 300lbs of 5/16" pipe on the legs.
Door marked and cut using a metal cutting circular saw
Made the grates, rails tacked in
Tie-in for smoke stack created
Rear of pit with firebox
revers flow plate will sit on bottom most rails, right above firebox-cook chamber opening.
So that brings us up to present day. The door sits pretty flush up top along the hinge, dips about an 1/8" inwards about 6" down the door and more than 1/8' at the bottom edge of the door.
Now if I put a backing plate about 6" down where the door dips in, the door is flush-ish down to the bottom where it now flares out even more, almost the entire 5/16" thickness of the door.
I've tried pulling the radius of the door in by using a floor jack and a chain but it quickly returns to its original radius after I release the jack.
Could anyone please help? I really need to finish it up and get this project out of my garage!!