Replacing fuel door handle on WSM

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by wren, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. wren

    wren Newbie

    Hi all,

    I'll inquire at the Weber forum too, but I am curious if any WSM owners have replaced the fuel door handle/latch.  Yesterday, after 10 hours of smoking, the handle spontaneously came apart (and the door popped open).  The handle is cheaply built, and although I'm sure that Weber will agree to send a replacement, I'd like to buy or make something more robust.

    Any thoughts?  Thanks!
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have never seen a replacement handle, there is a SS door you can buy, but it doesn't come with a handle.
  3. wren

    wren Newbie

    Hi Al,

    Yes, I have the SS door from cajunbandit, and it's great.  I've read about other WSM owners who have had similar problems with the fuel door handle, and I'm a little surprised that alternatives to Weber's handle aren't readily available.

    Here's hoping that I can come up with something, since keeping the front door closed is kind of important.  :)
  4. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Which model WSM is it (and if it's 18.5" is it the old style or new)?  Weber should send you a new one.  When I got my WSM in 2005 there was a very slight crack in the ridge from where the door was pressed.  Noticed it on the very first smoke.  Called Weber and they sent me a new one.  Never had a problem with my handle though.

    Last edited: Dec 11, 2011
  5. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Man that's a new one on me. I have had my WSM for round 12 years I believe and have not had a problem with my handle. Weber has GREAT customer service so I don't think you will have a problem.
  6. wren

    wren Newbie

    It's the 22.5", and I purchased it new about 7 months ago.
  7. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would be willing to bet if you give Weber a call they will ship you a new door or handle without any problem.
  8. wren

    wren Newbie

    Weber agreed to replace the latch and door (apparently the latch is not a piece that is replaced by itself...the door always gets thrown in), which wasn't a surprise but which is greatly appreciated.  In the meantime, I found a cabinet latch at a local hardware store that I think may make a nice substitute.  Korean barbecue is on the menu this weekend, so if I can rig a quick fix, I'll post pics of my "homebrewed" latch.

    Thanks, all!

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