Can you drill through Cast Iron???

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by rbranstner, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have a Cast Iron Pot and lid that I am planning on using in my smoker for my wood. My question is are you able to drill through one of those Cast Iron lids without breaking the whole thing? I guess if you can't I will just put the lid a little to the side to let the smoke out.
     
  2. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Shouldn't be a problem as long as you are careful and also keep your bit oiled with cutting oil...
     
  3. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    As BBQ said, keep your bit oiled. Best way would be a drill press, baring that, make sure you apply even steady pressure and let the drill bit do the work.
     
  4. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    cast iron is very machinable and with a HSS dril bit, and a bit of oil or cutting lube you will have no problem with a sharp bit... keep drill motor rpms low so you wont overheat the bit. you should have no problem. cast iron is one of the easier metals to work with.
     
  5. hog warden

    hog warden Smoking Fanatic

    You might be able to, but you don't have to. Put something under the lid to prop it up. I use three fence steeples, which are about 1/8" wire. They allow just the right amount of air in so stuff will burn/smolder and let the smoke out. It would also work if you put it on a burner.

    That way, if it doesn't work, you can always go back.
     

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