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    Default Starting My First Build

    Hey guys,

    Starting my first build this weekend. I have a couple of questions about the bolts. I got stainless as much as possible, but on the legs for the charcoal basket I could only find zinc plated. I think I read somewhere that zinc was okay as long as you burn the crap out of it. Is that right?

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    Absolutely ... burn em off and put em to work. Any more questions keep asking. Don't forget the pics if you can
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    Quote Originally Posted by PigCicles View Post
    Absolutely ... burn em off and put em to work. Any more questions keep asking. Don't forget the pics if you can
    Share your build, drums kick a$$!

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    I'm really surprised that you couldn't find any nickel plated carriage bolts. I think they are more common than zinc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokyOkie View Post
    I'm really surprised that you couldn't find any nickel plated carriage bolts. I think they are more common than zinc.

    It was weird. Went to 2 different Home Depots, a Lowes and Harbor Freight. No nickel, plenty of zinc and galvanized. Very little stainless.

    Also, found ZERO expanded metal.. Fortunately, my father-in-law is a welder and has some.

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    Default Thermometers

    For those who have, how have you mounted your thermometers on the drum? I assume just drilling a hole and sticking the probe in would leave space for air as well.


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    I use a 1/2" conduit punch for thermos. If you get it tight enough you shouldn't have any problems....
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    Quote Originally Posted by scooby3202 View Post
    For those who have, how have you mounted your thermometers on the drum? I assume just drilling a hole and sticking the probe in would leave space for air as well.

    If you use a Tel Tru, it has 3/4 NPT threads. You can drill a 1" hole with a step drill and the thermo will screw in tight. Do not tighten the thermo tightly by turning the head of it though. Use a wrench on the hex fitting on the back of it.

    Even at that, a small air leak that is well above the level of the fire really won't hurt anything.

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    What is the consensus on best stem length on thermometers. Sorry for all the questions, just want to make sure I do it right the first time.

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    As far as side mounted bimetal thermos go, I think 4" is about the most popular. It gets you far enough from the edge to get a more accurate reading, but not so far that you cant'n get your charcoal basket out, and that drippings might occlude its accuracy.

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