Big Spring Door Handles...From where?

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  1. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Greetings all, I am restoring a very old New Braunfels offset smoker. The wood handles are small, loose and rotted. I would like to replace them with big, wide, spring covered door handles. Stainless steel would be my first choice but any rust resistant material would work. At least one of you has used this type handle on a refurbish of a cheap find that I came across the other day. After an hour of combining search words I still cant find it! I have also googled, spring handles, wood stove parts, fireplace hardware...Nothing. Searches at the Mega Home Improvement stores has not provided much, maybe I'm using the wrong keywords. If you have any other handle suggestions, I'm open.Thank you....JJ
     
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  3. wolfmann

    wolfmann Smoke Blower

  4. fishwrestler

    fishwrestler Smoking Fanatic Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks Wolfman, I gave the owner of that store a call, really good guy. He only carries the springs. He said he had a man that was supposed to design and manufacture complete bolt-on handles but the deal never came together. So the search continues...JJ
     
  6. wolfmann

    wolfmann Smoke Blower

    JJ what does the handle look like? Post a picture and we might be able to figure out how to make the handle from scratch. Most handles are nothing more then a bend piece of round bar and a piece welded on the end to lock the door. Look at the picture of the handles I just made.

    There not yet cleaned up but it will give you some idea.

    First picture the handle on the outside.

    Second is the bar welded on to lock the door down.

    Third is a piece of angle welded on an angle ( no punt intended) to draw the door closed.

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  7. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

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  8. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So you are wanting a complete unit. 

    So that on a restore its a simple bolt on app. Correct?

    I work not far from the guy you talked to. Maybe I need to drop in there and see if I can get in the handle making business.

    Most of us that build just get creative and try to make something different each time but I see the possible need to have access to a bolt on unit.
     
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Wolfman, I would like to replace this style of wooden handle with a bolt on SS spring type.  Tom, I would think there are many of us with wood handles that are rotting and no equipment or ability to make one...I want 1% of your gross sales for inspiring you to start a new business...that should help keep me in Q...JJ [​IMG]

    BTW...This photo was sampled from DDave's post...Thank you.


     
     
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2011
  10. wolfmann

    wolfmann Smoke Blower

    If you send me the dimensions for the handle (  from center of the bolt to the center of the bolt and the heights from the door to the center of the handle ) I make you one and all you have to do is drill a hole to bolt it up. I can either make it a spring type or make you a handle like the one in the picture.

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