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WSM Rack Brackets Uneven

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I noticed that after about 4 smokes my WSMs are settling in and the racks that hold the water pan and grills are no longer true.

 

I thought someone recently solved this by adding some washers.

 

What sort of washers should I use?  Stainless steel?

 

post #2 of 11

as a general safety rule, i would only use stainless where the food will be.  i think this is the mod you were referring to...

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forum/thread/94076/wsm-mods

post #3 of 11
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That's what I was looking for!  Thanks!

 

Going to run to the hardware store after work tomorrow...

post #4 of 11

Hey Indy.... that was me. But my racks mounts weren't uneven up and down they were uneven side to side. So my upper rack wanted to flip if it got loaded to heavy on one side. I did solve it by placing 3 washers between the body of the WSM and the rack mount. If your rack mounts are uneven top to bottom I see two options:

  1. Use a dremel with a grinding tool and turn the holes in the rack mounts into ovels. Then you could adjust the rack mounts up and down individualy a little bit to even the racks and water pan out.
  2. Option two is to put some sort of spacer between the top of the rack mounts and the racks/waterpan, basically like a shim. The only hard part of a shim will be attaching it to the rack mounts permanently. If you have a welder you could tack a washer or two on, or maybe JB Weld..... but I'm not sure about the JB Weld, it might off gas somthing nasty. Or maybe an epoxy or something like that.

Let me know if you have any questions, and I'm sure some others on the forum will have some good idea's and advice.

post #5 of 11

best suggestion i have is get a 22.5" WSM.  that'll solve the probem with those 18.5"-ers.

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by JIRodriguez View Post

Hey Indy.... that was me. But my racks mounts weren't uneven up and down they were uneven side to side. So my upper rack wanted to flip if it got loaded to heavy on one side. I did solve it by placing 3 washers between the body of the WSM and the rack mount. If your rack mounts are uneven top to bottom I see two options:

  1. Use a dremel with a grinding tool and turn the holes in the rack mounts into ovels. Then you could adjust the rack mounts up and down individualy a little bit to even the racks and water pan out.
  2. Option two is to put some sort of spacer between the top of the rack mounts and the racks/waterpan, basically like a shim. The only hard part of a shim will be attaching it to the rack mounts permanently. If you have a welder you could tack a washer or two on, or maybe JB Weld..... but I'm not sure about the JB Weld, it might off gas somthing nasty. Or maybe an epoxy or something like that.

Let me know if you have any questions, and I'm sure some others on the forum will have some good idea's and advice.


Thankfully they are uneven side to side!  The washers will work like a champ.

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by indyadmin1974 View Post




Thankfully they are uneven side to side!  The washers will work like a champ.


Cool! If you use 3 per bracket like I did the wire ring around the outside of the upper rack actually ends up fitting over the brackets real well.

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by SoaFung View Post

best suggestion i have is get a 22.5" WSM.  that'll solve the probem with those 18.5"-ers.


?  I'm cornfused...not that I'm against getting a 22.5" but are you saying that they don't have the trouble?

 

Thankfully the fix that JL gave will work for me.  Maybe I can convince the wife that this is a major flaw and I should get the 22.5"

post #9 of 11

that's what i was implying.  convince the wife that there's no way you can fix the 18"-ers properly and it's just best to get a 22"-er.  then, when you have the same problem with the 22'-er tell her you gotta get another 22"-er, cause you are just to use to having all that room.

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by SoaFung View Post

that's what i was implying.  convince the wife that there's no way you can fix the 18"-ers properly and it's just best to get a 22"-er.  then, when you have the same problem with the 22'-er tell her you gotta get another 22"-er, cause you are just to use to having all that room.


Yeah...I probably should have gone with the 22.5" but then I bought a 2nd 18.5" and I'm set...I'm pretty sure that buying another smoker will start a battle I don't want to fight!

post #11 of 11

my 22.5 does the same thing on the top rack one of the brackets is slightly off.

for now its not enough to bug me. i may try to fix it one of these days.

good smokn!    

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