Built my first smoker, doors got bent

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Built my first smoker, doors got bent

Post by florinist » March 3rd, 2017, 12:45 am

Hi there,
I have never welded before, nor cooked on a smoker. But I got hooked and I said I should try and build one myself. Bought the welding machine, the propane tanks and other stuff from ebay. After I cut the doors and welded the hinges I got to the stage where I had to weld the flat bars on the edges of the doors. They have changed their shape unfortunately and got bent as you can see in the pictures attached. Any idea how to fix this? Thanks in advance

PS.I can't attach pictures for some reason.



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Re: Built my first smoker, doors got bent

Post by Tom_Heath » March 3rd, 2017, 1:26 am

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Re: Built my first smoker, doors got bent

Post by ajfoxy » March 3rd, 2017, 2:42 am

:yth:

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I find when welding long straight pieces that stitch welding helps. Basically weld about and inch (25mm) and then leave a long gap and weld another inch do this for the whole length. Then come back and put another one inbetween them. That way you are not getting a whole heap of heat into the metal.
It takes a bit of time, but lessens the liklihood of serious warping.
How do I know this you might ask... :D
Been there done that.
However, now that you have welded it complete the question is how to straighten that piece. One of our more expeienced welder members might have far better input in that than I have.

P.S. You picture might be too large. If you have some form of image editing software take it down to around 1300 pixels longest end. That should get you there.


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Re: Built my first smoker, doors got bent

Post by Stewart » March 3rd, 2017, 8:29 am

Been there done that. I had to take a chain and car jack to reshape the door. Lay the chain down put jack over the chain. Lay the door over the jack. Wrap said chain over the top of door and start jacking. You may have to do this process several times along the length of the door but it will help you. You can also heat the door during this process if the warping is really bad.



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Re: Built my first smoker, doors got bent

Post by Rodcrafter » March 3rd, 2017, 9:42 am

The fact that you have it currently with the hinges welded on, I'm guessing it is attached to the tank. I would hate to say that will make this part much harder. If it was mine I would cut it loose and try things like Stewart was saying. Remember it is just steel you can bend it back you just need to apply force. I have seen folks decide to make cabinet style doors at this point and abandon the traditional style. Which is much nicer in my opinion. Either way I would cut it off until I got it right and had all the welding done on it then weld the hinges on.


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Re: Built my first smoker, doors got bent

Post by Big T » March 3rd, 2017, 5:37 pm

:yth: or here's a link to the jack and chain method viewtopic.php?f=148&t=3344


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Re: Built my first smoker, doors got bent

Post by JohnBFryJr » March 3rd, 2017, 8:28 pm

Both my doors spring. Find a chain and jack. It took me about 6 tries per door. Maybe 30 minutes. You can do it

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Re: Built my first smoker, doors got bent

Post by temurf » March 4th, 2017, 7:05 pm

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Re: Built my first smoker, doors got bent

Post by Squiggle » March 9th, 2017, 5:17 am

:welcome: these guys are on to it, the Jack & chain is a great option but making cabinet style doors is definitely a better one, makes much more shelf space as the top shelf will be the same as the bottom. :kewl:


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Re: Built my first smoker, doors got bent

Post by Clover Ridge Smokers » March 12th, 2017, 5:45 pm

The jack trick works every time


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Re: Built my first smoker, doors got bent

Post by The Czar » March 15th, 2017, 8:26 pm

Is that David ^^^^


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