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GOSM drop-down side shelf mod

post #1 of 15
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Here is a step-by-step method for mounting fold-down shelves on your GOSM.

I always found it to be a pain not having shelfs on my smoker for temp probe transmitters, wood chips, water jug, sauces, and stuff. I used to have a cheapo shelf that folded down on an old grill that gave me the idea to put a couple on my GOSM. After quite an endeavor searching for drop shelves and drop hinges, I finally found a shelf that with some slight modifications will work.
The shelves came from http://www.aussiegrills.com/aussie_shop/, part number 1206.9.001. They came to about $36 with shipping. This is for 2 shelves, but they do offer just one for a little less. I think they are also listed on Amazon if you know what to search for (Meco Side Tables).

Here is how I modified and mounted them:

1. First, you need to modify the brackets by removing the tab off the bottom. These brackets were made to fit in a slot on their grill which obviously we don't have. I bent them off back and forth with 2 pairs of pliers and then ground the edge smooth.

2. Next, you need to file out a little of the bracket slots to make the shelves sit horizontal on the vertical sides of the GOSM. The brackets were made for the Aussie grill which has sloped sides. If you don't do this, the shelves will slope upwards and look like wings. The picture shows a round file, but I wound up using my drill and the side of a drill bit (much easier).

3. I didn't want the shelf to stick out in front or back, so I shortened them. Suggestion: trim on both ends so you can still use the slits and holes already in the slats.

4. The finish on the slats was a slight redwood stain (although the slats are hardwood). The stain quality didn't look like it would hold up to the weather, and would easily absorb stains, so I restained them (you have to do this anyway on the ends that you just cut) and gave them a couple of coats of polyurethane.

5. I chose to mount mine about midway up the side so the original handles are still functional and accessible. Caution: you probably want to be careful where you mount the shelf so it doesn't interfere with the handle.

6. Mount the other side if you have two shelves and enjoy!
post #2 of 15
Nice work! One question... how do you keep the door open when needed?
post #3 of 15
That looks great I may have to do that wow PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Ha! Good one! Dog's like BBQ too, eh?
post #5 of 15
SWEET, I was wishing for some selves today while smoking. thanks, I give you some points.
post #6 of 15
Nice job and discribtion Trent PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #7 of 15
Nice mod!! biggrin.gif
post #8 of 15
Good idea! Thanx!
post #9 of 15
Nice mod.....Great step by step also.........
post #10 of 15
Sharing mod's is what makes this place great. Points from here.
post #11 of 15
Oh man this is awesome! I'm going to have to bookmark this page and check back in. I was doing Dutch's beans and a whole chicken yesterday (q-view to come soom, btw) and was lamenting the fact that there wasn't a good place for my thermometer, spritz, etc...
post #12 of 15
What a great mod, especially about the placement and the use of the original handles (that would have been me...I would have blocked them off and cursed myself when finished!!!)

You get Points from me also!!!
post #13 of 15
Points Trent!...I had my thermos hooked through the ivy that twines up the post next to my smoker!! biggrin.gif
post #14 of 15
This was one of the first mods i had planned on doing to my smoker. Thanks for doing the research and letting us know where to get the shelves. Good job!
post #15 of 15

On my list...

Gotta do this! Thanks for the step-by-step... and the linky. icon_cool.gif
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