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Counter Weights

Postby dbear » January 5th, 2018, 12:43 am

Hey guys...when using counter weights on standard round pipe cooking chambers, where is the best location to place them? Toward the top of the door, bottom of the door, or in the middle? Also, when using counter weights, how much weight is needed? The some amount as the door weigh? Last question...when using counter weights, should the initial pull still have same weight and then get easier about half way up? Sorry to so many questions and thanks in advance.



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Re: Counter Weights

Postby Squiggle » January 5th, 2018, 2:01 am

What most people do is locate the counterweight setup where is convenient & allows you to open the door (some position it to be a stopper as well) & then you just keep adding offcuts of round bar, flat bar or whatever you have lying around, in the top piece of the counterweight till it feels right & allows easy opening of the door. Then you just weld it all inside the top piece to keep the pieces from rattling & moving around, then just weld some end caps on & bobs your uncle, you have a neat, perfectly weighted counterweight! :kewl:


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Re: Counter Weights

Postby Frank_Cox » January 5th, 2018, 9:43 am

yep, follow what squiggle said and then bob will be your uncle....
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Postby SAFETYHARBORREDNECK » January 5th, 2018, 8:07 pm

Frank_Cox wrote:yep, follow what squiggle said and then bob will be your uncle....
:huh: =))
I think it lost something in translation...

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Re: Counter Weights

Postby Squiggle » January 6th, 2018, 7:00 pm

Sorry guys, I keep forgetting you guys don't understand us aussies, it pretty much means "simple as that". :D


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Postby SAFETYHARBORREDNECK » January 6th, 2018, 7:13 pm

Since we're doing the name thing, we're just "Joshing you",LOL


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Re: Counter Weights

Postby Squiggle » January 7th, 2018, 6:58 am

=))


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Postby temurf » January 7th, 2018, 11:11 pm

Glad you 'splained that Squiggle.

All my life I thought Bob was my brother. =))


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Re: Counter Weights

Postby Squiggle » January 8th, 2018, 5:33 am

If you guys really must know, the saying I normally use is “Bobs your ex-prime minister!” :kewl:


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Re: Counter Weights

Postby dbear » January 8th, 2018, 9:07 am

wow



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Re: Counter Weights

Postby Rodcrafter » January 15th, 2018, 7:22 am

Yep that's what I did. Made Bob my uncle. huh?


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Re: Counter Weights

Postby Squiggle » January 18th, 2018, 1:28 am

=))


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Y'all keep hijacking bears threads and he's not gonna wanna post no more, LOL

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Postby Rodcrafter » January 18th, 2018, 12:50 pm

We did sorta get rolling there didn't we?

But he did get the answer before we took off.


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Re: Counter Weights

Postby Big T » January 18th, 2018, 6:41 pm

:yth:


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Re: Counter Weights

Postby Dirtytires » January 19th, 2018, 10:42 am

To add my 2 cents (and I don't have a brother, uncle or a prime minister...lol) I attached my up bars about 1/3 of the way down the door and 30 degrees or so. With my door fully open, the weight lays nicely on the cooking chamber making a simple but effective door stop.

I believe that the weight should help open AND help close the door. My door is perfectly balanced at the half open position. I can let go of it and it will just sit there. You can balance it how you want.




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