|Project by Karson||posted 12-01-2010 02:55 AM||2351 views||1 time favorited||18 comments|
I was using my smoker last weekend and the handles started to fall off.
They were only about 10 years old, so I’m not sure why they started to fail. I broke the pieces off and kept a couple for measurements to make new ones.
I took a piece of 5/4 square Sapele that was cracked on one end but had about a 12” section that had no splits.
I turned it round on the lathe and kept it to as full a size i could get and keep it round. I split it on the bandsaw. Marked the holes and drilled through and used a forstner bit to cut for the head and the nut.
The bolt and nut were replaced with Stainless Steel. I mean when you’ve got all those bolts you need to use some of them up.
The replacement went fine and now I can keep my hand cool again. I used the finger nail clips to keep the nut from turning when tightening the bolt.
I smoked a turkey for the day after Thanksgiving. Walmart had fresh turkeys quite cheap after the holiday. I also smoked rib tips It was a great feast.
I smoked some additional rib tips the next day because i bought too many packages the first time. So we had smoked ribs and smoked turkey for a couple of days after the holiday.
I used Oak from a tree that died on my property a couple of years ago. That and some cherry wood pieces were the fuel for the fire.
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