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nuts and bolts, zinc or stainless?

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by wesb, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. wesb

    wesb Fire Starter

    i know not galvanized for sure, but for the coal basket and grate support bolts is zinc ok or do i have to use stainless steal?
  2. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Use Stainless, zinc has some concerns when heated up.
  3. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Stainless all the way, no worries that way.
  4. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    i used zinc and i dont think theres a problem but what do i know?
  5. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You're fine with zinc plated bolts.

    Zinc will melt at 788 degrees F. and will boil(turn to gas) at 1652 degrees F.

    If your smoker is running those temps then you have other issues, and zinc plated/galvanized bolts are the least of your worries!