warped sprung door

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zatopekmetalworks
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warped sprung door

Post by zatopekmetalworks » August 5th, 2022, 8:58 pm

hello yall,
as you can tell from the title, my doors have warped off round on my smoker build. if you can see from the pictures ive included its not terrible but rather an annoyance as its just that tiny bit and makes the smoker look horrible. as well you can see on the bottom there is a rather large gap that i would like to fix as well. ive tried persuading it with an oxy torch and a hammer but i think Ive really only succeeded in beating the hell out of the corner as well as the flange. the material of the cook chamber being is 1/8" and the flanges are 16 gauge. Before i go out and buy a bottle jack and some chain do any of yall have any suggestions on how to fix this?
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Re: warped sprung door

Post by Dirtytires » August 6th, 2022, 11:11 am

A bottle jack is your friend. Grab it from under the seat of your pick-up truck but remember it might not be strong enough and a bigger one might still be needed. A large H-frame shop press can also be used. Stop with the torch/hammer....

Don't forget your gasket will help to even things out. It appears you have an equal gap at the top of your door so it might just need a quick tweak in the middle.



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Re: warped sprung door

Post by zatopekmetalworks » August 6th, 2022, 7:03 pm

alright went out to my garage and lo and behold i managed to find an old car jack that was my grandfathers! After that i went to home depot and got some 3/8" chain and and an anchor schackle and bent it back into place on both of the sides. the middle still needs work but its now manageable. i was also able to smooth out the ugly looking corner bends on the flanges as well with a hammer.



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