Front door issues?

Discussion in 'WSM Owners (Weber Smokey Mountain)' started by knifebld, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    Hey everyone, I was wondering if any of you attempted to create a better seal where the front door sits;

    I noticed during my first smoke this weekend that smoke does come out of this part and was wondering if I was loosing a lot of heat because of this.

    Anyone ever attempt to fix this, or just live with it?
  2. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You're not "losing heat" as much as you're gaining too much air, stoking your fire triangle (heat-air-fuel) with more air than the fire needs.  Every leaky point is basically another chimney exit, pulling more air than is needed through the lower vents, causing the WSM to run hotter than it needs to be.  In a perfect WSM the door and lid connections would seal perfectly.      

    That door is the weakest part of the WSM.  The door I received with my WSM was bent WAY out of shape.  I took pics, sent them to Weber, and they replaced it free of charge.  Honestly, the replacement door wasn't much better than what I had received with the WSM so I don't recommend that path of action.

    I've played with both doors to get them to seal better with no luck.  There is an aftermarket door available but the payment process was Pay Pal only and I don't use them for reasons I won't elaborate on here.  Instead I purchased the sealing gaskets but haven't installed them yet.  They have been sitting three feet away from where I am typing for over a month.  My schedule will free up in a few weeks then I'll clean my WSM, install the gaskets and let them cure properly.

    I'm not concerned so much about smoking at lower temps because I'm more of a hot n fast guy. By closing down all my vents to barely open I can keep the chamber temp under 250F for quite a while if I want a low n slow smoke.  The reason I want to seal it up is to save unused charcoal once I'm done smoking.  WAY too much charcoal burns off once I shut it down due to the leaks that act both as air access and exit points.    
  3. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks! Checked into this and there are two types; wool or Nomex...any idea on the difference?
  4. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have the Nomex gaskets. The material is designed to be flame resistant. Wool is naturally flame resistant but will swell quite a bit when wet.
  5. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    Good to know, thanks for the help!
  6. shoebe

    shoebe Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I would go with the Nomex, wool when burning gives off  cyanide...not what you want in your smoke.  I have been thinking of getting set for my smoker as well. Amazon has them

    ~~WSM Gasket Kit, Weber Smokey Mountain 18.5 22.5 Nomex RTV grill seal
  7. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    Yeah saw that too, however does not :(

    Found another site that does ship to Canada though I was wondering if this was something I could pick up at Home Depot??
  8. edward36

    edward36 Meat Mopper

    Great thread! Will get the kit for my 22.5 as well!


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