Latches for doors on smoker

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by ribwizzard, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. Ive noticed alot of builds using the de-sta-co type latch on the door on the smoking chamber. I am wondering why they are using the hold down style instead of the pull latch style. Is there an advantage that I am not considering?
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wizard, morning....   Maybe to hold the door in the event the heat makes it change shape and leak ?? I really have no idea...   just a WAG.... Dave
  3. Ive already ordered the pull latch style, hope it works out o/k.
  4. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm interested in latches

    Where did you order them from?

  5. Last edited: Aug 1, 2012
  6. Be careful on size, they look bigger in the pictures than they are. I ended up getting the de-sta-co 331ss and it is a nice size for smoking chamber. The 331ss is stainless steel and I paid $30.00 for it, the non stainless 331 you can get for about $18.00 on amazon with free shipping. Every where else it was alot higher. I shopped all over the place.
  7. I ment to say, you might want to go up one size from that for the smoke box. Im using it on a 120 gallon propane tank build.
  8. Many thanks for the handle ideas!

    Now I can open and close my vertical smoker with just my elbow and knee!

    And the door fits much tighter.

    Tip: if you must drill a hole in your smoker and want to avoid the possibility of metal filings flying everywhere,
    1. Pull all the racks out first
    2. Apply a couple of layers of masking tape to drilling area - inside and outside.
    3. Have a brave person hold half a large raw potato behind where you are drilling to catch all the metal filings.
    4. De-burr and wipe it all down with a wet rag.
    5. Secure with lock washers and Loctite™ 263
    6. Fire up the smoker to loosen any grease and wipe down again and rinse.

    $4.99 at Harbor Freight
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  9. lionel47

    lionel47 Newbie

    I am on the Harbor Freight Web site but I can't locate the clamps you show in the pictures.  What are they called?
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  11. florida smoker

    florida smoker Fire Starter

    The rubber foot doesnt melt?

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