Door Latch ?????????'s

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by smokin-aces, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. I am currently building a smoker on a trailer and I am looking for some latches for the doors. I have three doors and I am looking for the kind of latches that tighten more the more I turn it. I have had no luck finding these online.Maybe one of you can help, or suggest a different kind of latch to use.

    Here is a picture of the latch I am looking for.

    As you can see, the handle/latch turns into an angled slot that forces the door tighter by turning it further.
  2. backwoods bbq

    backwoods bbq Meat Mopper

    option 1: buy a giant wingnut and weld a rod going through the door so the wingnut will shut it tighter with every turn.

    option 2: find a similar handle from an old fridge/freezer

    option 3: put a nut on the end of a rod connected to the side of the door with a 90 degree bend that will fit into a slot (c-notched) all you would do is screw the nut down to tighten you could even weld small bars on the nut to help tighten

    hope this helps
  3. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member


     Try a R/V service store and supply. I'm thinking you may get lucky there...[​IMG]
  4. Does anyone know what this kind of latch is called? I can't even think of a reasonable name for it. The best I have thought of is "progressively tightning latch", "spoon latch", and various other names that resulted in not finding this type of latch. I want to buy them so they will all be uniform. I am capable of making this if necessary. I just thought that surely these are readily available for a small fee. I would spend more time making this than it is worth.
  5. roger shoaf

    roger shoaf Fire Starter

    Casement window latch   See:
  6. Thank you for the lead... but the casement window latches are not as big as what I am wanting. They are 1-2" long and the one in the picture is ~ 4" long. Any other ideas?
  7. markevans11

    markevans11 Newbie

    Im building my own smoker too.  I like the latch you posted about.  Did you find what you were looking for and if so, did it work very well?  Where do I go to find them?

  8. smiley

    smiley Fire Starter

    Not sure about your latch. I used toggle clamp latches. Mainly so when my tadpole gasket on my doors flattened out. If they do, I can adjust the latches and make the doors tighter. This could be an option. Picture may be a little hard to see but you should get the idea.

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