Gas shocks to hold up lids question

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Gas shocks to hold up lids question

Post by YTQBBQINC » June 8th, 2019, 9:38 am

Has anyone used gas shocks on their lids? I currently just use a couple steel rods to prop mine open but they can be a pain so I’d like to eliminate them and go with helper shocks. Just not sure how they’d react around the heat.

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Re: Gas shocks to hold up lids question

Post by jadstar » June 8th, 2019, 9:58 am

There are several on Builds on the site utilizing gas shocks . Pretty sure most are mounted external to keep from heat and piston getting contaminated. There was also a build awhile back with hood springs . Most builds with big doors just use counter balance positioned to releave some of the right and hold doors open with no prop rod needed.

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Re: Gas shocks to hold up lids question

Post by Dirtytires » June 8th, 2019, 12:54 pm

That rod idea scares me. That heavy door crashing down could really cause some body harm as well as damage to shelves and utensils. I would much rather see a door that holds itself open and avoids catches and props that can fail or get bumped. Shocks are definitely a valid idea as opposed to a counterweight but I would still fabricate it so the shocks just assist and the door holds itself open by falling back on the tank.

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Re: Gas shocks to hold up lids question

Post by YTQBBQINC » June 8th, 2019, 2:18 pm

Yea. I’ve never liked the rods for that exact reason. That’s why I’ve been kicking around the idea of adding gas shocks before I repaint it. Since my rig has a full length rear fire box, the stacks are centered behind each lid. Guess I could run the counter weight arms past the stacks and attach the counter weight behind them. I’ll probably end up going with 2 80lb shocks on each door. May install those first to see how much counter wait I’ll actually need.


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Re: Gas shocks to hold up lids question

Post by Dirtytires » June 9th, 2019, 10:00 am

The counter weight would not need a shock if done properly.



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