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ARRRGH - gonna do it myself

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by coyote-1, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. coyote-1

    coyote-1 Smoking Fanatic

    Been trying to get the add-on ring to make the Weber kettle into a rotisserie. I don't need the motor or rod or any of that, Ijust need the ring and the bracket.

    The whole assembly is $150.

    The ring part is $80.

    I looked at the ring, and it's somewhat ill-fitting; too much smoke would escape.

    $20 worth of sheet steel and some patience ought suffuce. I certainly can make a better fit, and I'll be able to collapse it so it takes much less storage space. The only thing I can't manage is Weber's seemingly indestructible coating.
  2. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    The ring does fit rather loose.  I just close off the dampers and let it draw from its leaks.

    Keep us posted on the build.  Thanks
  3. dave54

    dave54 Smoking Fanatic

    after yo get the ring made ,sand it down and wipe it off with thinner,let it dry

     prime then paint ,it should look good for a long time

    It's all in the prep 
  4. coyote-1

    coyote-1 Smoking Fanatic

    That's a good point, and one I have considered. After all, we mod our smokers to draw from grate level. Nonetheless I'm not quite satisfied with either the fit or the height of the ring. I'm thinking it should rest where the cooking grate rests, and provide another inch+ clearance both top and bottom. The clearways required for the rotisserie rod ought be enough to create enough draw at all times.

  5. coyote-1

    coyote-1 Smoking Fanatic

    It gets worse.

    The ring alone is $109. Seems preposterous when an entire kettle is available for $90.

    But I'm also having a devil of a time finding steel! I want two pieces, 12" x 40". Cheapest I'm getting is a 4x8 16ga sheet for $54, and then cutting fees. The alternative is HomeDepot's 22ga 12"x24" sheets for $11 each, and I'd need four. Then it would have to be bolted together, and 22ga might be a bit light.

    I just might end up buying the Weber ring after all. We'll see.  More research is needed; good thing I'm not in a hurry.
  6. dave54

    dave54 Smoking Fanatic

    any local machine or fab shops ?

    You can get pieces from them and the can roll it for you.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2010
  7. dick foster

    dick foster Smoking Fanatic

    That's because it's a porcelain finish. A kind of glass really. The steel is heated red hot then the porcelain in power form is applied where it melts together and fuses with the steel itself.