Help with heavy cook chamber door

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Help with heavy cook chamber door

Post by bigbook » February 3rd, 2017, 2:45 pm

250gl tank one door I'm in need of a counterweight or something cable with cement blocks on other side. Old garage spring something. ... :exp:
Please post some picks of your way to help with heavy door. . Dzar knows I've got no problem with the door. Everyone else does that helps me on my cooks . PS it did not help I built it to my height and my cooking pal is a little vertically challenged. At 5'7" .... I'm 6'4"

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Re: Help with heavy cook chamber door

Post by BitBucket » February 3rd, 2017, 4:55 pm

The math said my doors weighed 80 lbs apiece.
Counterweights are a function of arm length and mass beyond the hinge. Hope this helps,

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Re: Help with heavy cook chamber door

Post by Big T » February 3rd, 2017, 7:15 pm

I built mine just like the ones above. I filled the cross tube with steel rods until I got it where it felt right and then welded the rods in place and welded the end cap on it.


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Re: Help with heavy cook chamber door

Post by ajfoxy » February 4th, 2017, 6:39 pm

Don't forget to weld the rods in place otherwise everyone will know when you open or close your door... :D


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Re: Help with heavy cook chamber door

Post by Big T » February 4th, 2017, 11:31 pm

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Post by bigbook » February 5th, 2017, 10:14 am

BitBucket wrote:The math said my doors weighed 80 lbs apiece.
Counterweights are a function of arm length and mass beyond the hinge. Hope this helps,

Bb

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OK like the look. Can you please show me a pic of the door closed. So I can get an idea of where the weight is and just what did you do to find the length and angle. Thanks

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Re: Help with heavy cook chamber door

Post by BitBucket » February 6th, 2017, 12:27 pm

Here's maybe the most helpful photos on how I went about putting them on and where they live.

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Re: Help with heavy cook chamber door

Post by jwsimpleville » February 6th, 2017, 7:25 pm

The question I would have is; how much room do you have between your top most shelf and the top of the cooker?
If you're only running one shelf you should have the room for something like this.
It still works like a champ even after several years of cooking.
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Re: Help with heavy cook chamber door

Post by ajfoxy » February 7th, 2017, 2:31 am

Interesting hinge that. Is it from a vehicle? And how does it hold up to the heat? Just thinking the spring might become tempered and less... well springy.


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Re: Help with heavy cook chamber door

Post by jwsimpleville » February 7th, 2017, 8:48 am

They are hood springs from a lot of older chevy/gmc trucks, and they haven't lost any spring in the 2 years we've been using them.
I can't imagine with temps under 350 it's effecting the the composition of the steel coil.


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Re: Help with heavy cook chamber door

Post by bigbook » February 7th, 2017, 11:45 am

I run two shelvesImage but I like the idea might try it on next build .
Counterweight or cable system is what I will have to get

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