You think JB Weld would work in place of furnace cement? No, it's only heat resistant to 500* and furnace cement is to 2000* and is made for this purpose. It's only 3.99 a tub, so no big investment.
Also What purpose will this serve? It seals the openings, keeping the heat from escaping and smoke in.
I assume it's for added durability and stability but I want to be sure. Yes it does
Will the same method work with the chimney mod as well or will I need to get some rivets and brackets to mount the mod? Put the cement on the chimney, slide the tubing over it and secure with a hose clamp.
You got some pics of how this mod works? I don't want to make extra holes before I know all the hows and whys and end up with an oversized lawn ornament. I secured my lower end with a large paper clamp, the pop rivets and clip will be more permanent, any time you drill a hole, like for the two thermometers use the cement, it will seal and be more secure.
Lard, oddly enough, is hard to come by here (prolly the Cali helath nut mentality). I'm assuming I can use crisco or some other shortening to cure my grates as thats what I used on my cast iron cookware. Yes, that will work just fine, it was just my preference.
Thats also a good idea aout the foil...wish i thought of that when I did my pans. The oven still hasn't recovered from that. If you have a self cleaner, it should take it off, if not use a mild soap solution and some elbow grease.
Thanks for all that info. Sorry if I seem to be nuking this, but I expect to get a lot of mileage outta this baby and don't want any irreversable mistakes.
About the hose clamp, would the ones that normally come with the dryer vent (if you buy the set these come with it) work? or would I need something else? Is the clamp temporaty until the cement sets or am I going to want something permanent?
Is there a way to secure the lower end of the chimney extension using the cement? or will the cement not adhere to the vent very well?
[quote=Brennan;68015]Thanks for all that info. Sorry if I seem to be nuking this, but I expect to get a lot of mileage outta this baby and don't want any irreversable mistakes. No worries, I don't blame you so keep asking.Nothing is irreversable.
About the hose clamp, would the ones that normally come with the dryer vent (if you buy the set these come with it) work? or would I need something else? Is the clamp temporaty until the cement sets or am I going to want something permanent? Tha clamp should be permanent. The purpose of the cement is sealing against heat/smoke loss and to make it more secure. At Lowes you can purchase the vent tubing in a small 8' section for about $5.99, the hose clamp will be sold seperatly. Get a wide one if you can, put it on and leave it.
Is there a way to secure the lower end of the chimney extension using the cement? or will the cement not adhere to the vent very well? No, the cement will not work on the lower end. You will need some kind of bracket, I used a large paper clamp, the clam type, therefore my bottom section is not permanent and I can move the vent tube if I want to, but I normally keep it in the center. When you put the SFB on use alot of the cement. When all the cement is set-up and dry it will be very secure.
Thanks for the info. a couple more questions I think...
Hose clamps, Those are those slotted metal straps that you tighten with a screw right? or is it something else?
I think I have an idea for the bottom of the vent, I should be able to make a mounting bracket with some of the cement and a couple metal brackets so I can just slide the vent in and out...it seems to look ok in my head.
as for the location of the vent goes, I guess its up to personal prefrence where it goes. I was thinking in the front left corner of the lid. I'm not sure if there'll be a warming basket in my rig, if not, I'll probably mount the vent in the back. Is there any location that's best for the vent?
I have had one of these smokers since the fall of 2005, and think it does a decent enogh job. It was actually one of the first items I bought for the new house after we moved in. My deck looked empty before it found its home out there.
No, the cement will not hold by itself, you still need some type of hardware. All the cement does is seal to prevent leaks, and give some added strength. When it's used on a furnace, there are screws and bolts involved.