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Smoker Door counter weights

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by irvvfsmokn, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. Looking for input on adding counter weights to my stainless steel smoker doors. Any ideas
  2. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Kinda hard to do without seeing your smoker.
  3. I have a pic of the smoker in my photos. It is the stainless steel with a polyboard top
  4. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    irvvfsmokn- are you talking something like this-  


    The thing to remember with these counterweights is balance and proper placement.

    Weigh your door to get an idea of what you need for counterweight.  If you get the counterweight too heavy or get it mounted in the wrong place, it will pull your door open unless you have a means to latch the door shut.
  5. Wow that is a big smoker. 


    Are those turkeys loaded on the rack in your other pics?  Anyway, counter weights for what?  Keeping the doors open?  Closed?  Or do you need to counter weight them becase they are heavy?
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2010
  6. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think the pic that dutch posted is the most common method for weighting the doors. At one point I thought maybe a guy could use the spring assist springs off of a set of ramps from an equipment trailer. Not sure how long it would work out for since on the smoker they would be compressed all the time, unlike on a trailer where they are relaxed when the ramps are up.

    I can't remember who posted it but there was a build on here where the guy used gas assist springs from something like a hatchback car.

    BTW... Nice smokers.
  7. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Like Dutch said, weigh your door to get the right amount of weight at the right place.

    Weigh yourself too. Then you can get it to catapult any lightweight "Q" thief over your smoker & into the next county, when he opens your smoker to steal your "Q" ![​IMG]

  8. I feel silly - I was trying to be "helpful" by posting a pic of irvvfsmokn's smoker and didn't realize he had more than one.  I think this is the unit to which he's referring:

  9. figuring this out brings me back to college days and statics class....sum the moments when it is shut and again after you open it a little bit....when shut the moment has to be down towards the front on the grill and after it is open a little, say 6" it needs to reverse directions and be up towards the rear of the smoker.
  10. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    If you built the smoker then you can make the weights and then just tack them in lace to see how the door works. Too easy move it up and too hard move it back. Now I have to go and preform some brain surgery on our grandson.
  11. I can smoke 350 lbs of pork loins or 32 - 20 - plus lb turkeys at one time. It is currently being used at a local restaurant (P.H.A.T. Daddys) in Marengo, Iowa (Pretty Hot And Tasty). I am currently building 5 more of this size. To sell and one to start competing in some cook offs