Why greased hinges?

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Why greased hinges?

Post by akjeff » July 7th, 2018, 11:35 pm

I see that bullet style hinges are offered with a grease zerk, and curious as to why? Is there a food safe grease available to lube them with? Don't think I'd be too crazy about having a hinge at the top of my smoker lubed with petroleum based grease, and risk it dripping into the cook chamber. Thoughts?

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Re: Why greased hinges?

Post by Stewart » July 8th, 2018, 6:44 am

Never had an issue with mine dripping at all. Ive run my pit 150-500 degrees without an issue. But to each his own.



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Re: Why greased hinges?

Post by akjeff » July 8th, 2018, 11:02 am

Good to know, and why I asked. Kinda concerned that the heat would cause the grease to weep into the CC. Doesn't sound like that's the case.

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Re: Why greased hinges?

Post by JKalchik » July 8th, 2018, 5:12 pm

There are quite a few food safe greases available, should you desire, and in quite a wide range of formulations. -40 to 500 degrees F looks to be a pretty common spec, and the hinges are well outside the cook chamber, so that shouldn't be an issue. Even on the ash door, it's probably not much of a problem.


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Re: Why greased hinges?

Post by Stewart » July 8th, 2018, 6:31 pm

I use good old fashioned marine grease lol. No issues with weeping or dripping. I'm cooking pigs constantly almost every weekend and small parties thruought the week and havnt had a problem on the FB door or cc door.



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Re: Why greased hinges?

Post by akjeff » July 8th, 2018, 7:29 pm

Really appreciate the first hand knowledge guys! :beer:

I believe I will be welding on bullets hinges( with grease zerk! ) when I get to that stage.

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Re: Why greased hinges?

Post by Dirtytires » July 11th, 2018, 9:52 am

I used the greasable only to allow a little protection against grease. Just use regular automotive grease but don’t over-pack. No problems after 2 years.



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