Adding Door Latch(s) to MES

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by brianlhobbs, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. I have seen mention of adding additional door latches to the MES. However, I can not find anything about where to obtain these latches. Should I just call Masterbuilt and order from them? Or is there a better source?


  2. davenh

    davenh Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hi Brian,
    I bought a couple from McMaster-Carr. You might want to compare the price at Masterbuilt or hunt around for "adjustable draw latches" to see if they are cheaper anywhere. The SS ones are a little pricey, 1864A27, is a little larger that the original and cost around $13 each. The size under that one should work fine also.

    If you go to page 2913, adjustable draw latches.
  3. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    check out the over center that i use on my doors can get them from graingers mcmaster carr or airgas they run around 8 bucks each.
  4. Thanks for the suggestions. After looking closely at the "stock" door latch, it looks like it's held in place with #8-32 SS screws going into "Screwserts" (sp?). That’s the little "threaded pop-rivet like" things that you use to secure a screw into thin metal.

    I looked at the two latch sizes at McMaster-Carr, mentioned by DaveNH. Then to compare pricing, I called Masterbuilt. Masterbuilt sells the "stock" stainless latches (with screws and "mounting hardware") for $9.99.

    So, I ordered from Masterbuilt. I am curious to see what exactly is "mounting hardware". Maybe it is some type of screwsert.

    Will report what I actually get later,
  5. davenh

    davenh Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hi Brian,
    Good going. Better price, includes hardware and will match the originals [​IMG].
  6. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Those latches are just what I need for my brinkman vertical!!!! I got a few mods lined up now [​IMG]

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