Sealing firebox?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by jasong, Jun 18, 2016.

  1. jasong

    jasong Newbie

    I have a Dynaglo vertical smoker with an offset firebox and I'm looking to seal up the space between the firebox and the cooking chamber.

    My wife got me some high temp silicone (RTV4500) but since its only rated to 350deg I'm thinking that might not be the best idea.  I also have some self adhesive 1/2 x 1/8 Lavalock High Temp Nomex and I'm thinking that might do the trick.

    Looking for advice feedback on how best to do this.
  2. bbqwillie

    bbqwillie Smoking Fanatic

    Last edited: Jun 19, 2016
  3. spoocobra

    spoocobra Newbie

  4. wavector

    wavector Smoking Fanatic

    There are higher temp applications up to 2000 degrees F that I've come across on ebaY. I'm sealing my firebox and smoking chamber using some flat rope and high temp sealant.
  5. bbqwillie

    bbqwillie Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks. I put the sealant on the CC side and the fabric on the FB side. I figured the fabric would act as a shield for the sealant. I did locate some 2000# sealant for a fireplace and thought about replacing the lower temp sealant but I haven't found it necessary yet.
  6. jasong

    jasong Newbie

    Out of curiosity, what happens to the silicone if it does get too hot?  Since its outside of the cooking chamber there shouldn't be any food safety issues, right?
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you have leaking now, when it melts it could have an effect on the food......

    I'd take the unit apart and put in the nomex between the two parts...
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2016
  8. jasong

    jasong Newbie

    Thats exactly what I plan on doing, thanks!
  9. jasong

    jasong Newbie

    So I have my firebox off the cooking chamber and I'm wondering how to work around the screwholes in the frame?  I assume its best just to cut sections of gasket in between each hole, but I'm wondering if those gaps will be big enough to allow a good portion of heat to be lost.

    Is there any benefit to putting it back together and putting the gasket around the outside?  I can't imagine that would make sense but seems in some ways like it would provide better coverage overall
  10. bbqwillie

    bbqwillie Smoking Fanatic

    IF your rope is flat, use an awl to punch a hole for the bolts to go through.

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