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post #1 of 13
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Greetings to the group.  I am a new smoker who just purchased the Masterbuilt XL from BPS.  Use it this weekend.  Did a butt and ribs.  Used some good rubs that I acquired on my last trip to Texas.  I am on a diet but this weekend blew that for sure. 


I have several issues with the smoker.  The door does not seal properly.  Wondering where the best place to purchase a seal.  Looked into the www for rope seals, but am totally confused now.  I need 106 inches to seal the entire door.  What diameter should I use.  The gap is the worst on the hinge side of the door. 


Next I do not like the smoke exhaust on the back.  I am a traditionalist and I like the smoke stack. I really would not have purchased the one I did but the price was so good I could not turn it down.  Thinking of sealing it up with a piece of metal and cutting a hole in the top and adding a real smoke stack.  I have an email into the Appliance Factory Parts on a price for the smoke stack that comes with the standard MasterBuilt Vertical Gas Smoker.  If that does not work out I will just build me one.  I have a welder and am pretty mechanically talented.  Any thoughts this. 


Tim Jonas

Belmont, NC


post #2 of 13

Lowe's and home depot sometimes has it

or check with a place that sells fireplace supplies

post #3 of 13

Welcome Tim,

Had to google a pic to see what that smoker looked like.

 B4 you start adding gaskets try tightening up/ adjusting the door latch. Usually you can pull the door tighter by doing this.

If you just want a smoke stack ,You can cut a piece of 1/8" flat plate around 3/4" bigger than the present exhaust and cut a round hole in the center of it weld a 21/2 "  90 degree pipe on the plate and cut it at the hieght you want. Attach to the unit w/ panhead screws useing high temp silicon as a gasket. This keeps you from having to cut another hole in the unit .

 Cutting on the cabinet may void the warrenty???

 Also you can use the high temp silicone to improve your factory gasket if needed.

 It's very easy to do.


post #4 of 13

First off Welcome Tim to SMF. you'll like it here for there are alot of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking. Now there are alot of proven recipes for some amazing things here too. So if you need sign up for the E-Course it's free and it will give you the basics of smoking and some good methods to use also. So the next big thing for you to do is go out and get you something to smoke and if you happen to have any questions just post it here and we will be happy to answer them for you.


Welcome To Your New Addiction  

post #5 of 13

Hello Tim, and welcome to the SMF. I'm sure you're getting good feedback on your sealing issue from our friendly members. It's all good my friend.

post #6 of 13

Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks Bob.  I will give that one a try. 

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Our local Lowe's or HD did not have any.  I found some at ACE hardward in Charlotte today.  I am going to install tomorrow and see what happens. 

post #9 of 13

Hello Tim and welcome to SMF as you have already discovered there is lots of good info here for ya

post #10 of 13

Hey Tim, welcome aboard!  Glad to see another Carolina smoker on here!

post #11 of 13

Welcome to the forum Tim!



post #12 of 13

Welcome to the family friend

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the welcome.  This forum is great.  I have learned so much in the last several days it is unreal.  I think I am going to really enjoy my new toy and this group way too much. 



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