think 20mm should be ok.. for the vents X 100mm - 4".
re the step drill, just shelled out £25 for one, as the cheap ones have a very limited life.
sure i will find a use for it in the future.
those numbers look good. The step drill is a good investment in my opinion. The one I found for $5.99 is a throw away in my opinion. Your's will probably last a lifetime.
What are you going to cut the vents out with? What sort of material? I seem to recall seeing a post where someone made their own vent...
i have had one for 20+ years, and it has done an enormous amount of work, as i was in manufacturing for several years, but has finally seen better days.
the new one is identical, made by irwin, , so should see me out.
i have got hold of some 4" ally discs, but of course they havent got the tabs to bend up for opening, so thats my next problem. will be starting the project soon, so will let you know.
yep, Irwin makes good stuff. I'm a bonafide tinkerer but never manufactured anything, so it sounds like you have the hands on talent for this. I was thinking pop riveting something to the disk so you could move. maybe a fancy corner bracket or something? Something you could bend around a little.
Heck, why not just use the Weber to smoke with? Still better than the brinkman. haha... I built my vents out of coffee can bottoms and cut them with tin snips. Little bit of grinding to clean up the edges and of course I left tabs to bend up. The next day after I did this I found an old charcoal BBQ in the dumpster and took the vents off of it and replaced mine. Was not a Weber. Worked fine.
The vents are in but no pics so you just have to take my word for the install. One in the lid and two in the bottom...those two were a job because we had to rig a rod control to open & close them. Also made up some 8" legs to set the whole smoker up higher.
Now to try smoke'in something...probably Ribs for the first test w/Jeff's rub.
ok Dave, sounds good. Get some pics for us when you can as we do love our q-view here! And besides you don't want someone hanging one of these on ya...
or even worse
You are shooting for this one!
Still at the office, but I found this photo of my first attempt. I've since witched to a thicker rope with a thinner braid, and a tighter binding.
A bit of smoke does get through at the binding spot, but that's about it.
The weber vents look like they belong there! Have you fired up the ECB to see how it works? Even without the gasket around the lid it should be more efficient alonging the smoke to escape above the food and not below it.
thanks for the interest.
i have started the mods, and posted in the UK forum, but before i add any more,
i want to move the thread to this forum, but cannot work out how to move it
have you got any ideas??