Attaching latches

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Attaching latches

Post by holyp » June 28th, 2016, 1:38 pm

How did you (or plan to) attach the latches. The Kason latch to the CC, and the two side latches for the coal chute, and the fire chamber.
You can weld it I guess, but because of the insulation, you can't just use screws and fasteners.




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Re: Attaching latches

Post by Squiggle » June 28th, 2016, 4:57 pm

I was thinking either rivets or self tapping metal screws & putting some reinforcement behind the skin. I'm pretty sure you will have trouble welding the CC door handle as most are aluminium or stainless.


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Re: Attaching latches

Post by DunnSmoke » June 28th, 2016, 5:30 pm

I used to use screws, but swapped to 3\16 aluminum rivets. One of the best changes I've made.



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Re: Attaching latches

Post by KarateDoc » June 28th, 2016, 5:43 pm

I have seen where others have welded in material behind the exterior plates and you could drill and tap those to receive machine screws. That is my plan when I get to it.


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Re: Attaching latches

Post by ajfoxy » June 28th, 2016, 11:20 pm

KarateDoc wrote:I have seen where others have welded in material behind the exterior plates and you could drill and tap those to receive machine screws. That is my plan when I get to it.
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Exactly what I plan on doing with my double pan gf I am building.


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Re: Attaching latches

Post by holyp » June 29th, 2016, 12:13 am

Thanks for the answers
. I have already closed the exterior sheet, so adding reinforcements now will be difficult.
So rivets or tapping screws.
I was afraid that over time with the heat the tapping screws will lose their tightness and the latches will become wobbly.

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Re: Attaching latches

Post by Dirtytires » July 1st, 2016, 9:44 am

Then why not just use a short sheet metal screw? If it continues to back out, just throw a split washer in it and tighten it back up.

The rivet would not come out either. Could also weld on a couple of studs to the smoker then just tighten it down with a nut.



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Re: Attaching latches

Post by KarateDoc » July 2nd, 2016, 11:06 pm

Another option would nutserts.


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