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  • Fixing a Sprung Smoker Firebox Lid

    Hi Folks. I hope you're all well. Awesome to find this forum.
    Thanks in advance for any thought or help you might have for me.

    I found a Brinkmann Cimarron sitting curbside that is in great shape to clean up and use.
    Other than the cleanup and some slight mods that others have come up with - the only problem with the unit
    is that the firebox lid is sprung/warped. The previous owner said that he used two 50 lb dumbbells to keep it closed
    (That seems like a lot, given how easily it closes to hand pressure).

    It seems like there must a way to fix it, so 'i'm turning to you ...

    Can a remote welder come and heat it so it can be re-bent?
    Should I just have two pieces welded on to flip down and hold it?
    Something else?

    Thanks again.

    Emory in Appalachia

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    Originally posted by EmoryJ View Post
    Hi Folks. I hope you're all well. Awesome to find this forum.
    Thanks in advance for any thought or help you might have for me.

    I found a Brinkmann Cimarron sitting curbside that is in great shape to clean up and use.
    Other than the cleanup and some slight mods that others have come up with - the only problem with the unit
    is that the firebox lid is sprung/warped. The previous owner said that he used two 50 lb dumbbells to keep it closed
    (That seems like a lot, given how easily it closes to hand pressure).

    It seems like there must a way to fix it, so 'i'm turning to you ...

    Can a remote welder come and heat it so it can be re-bent?
    Should I just have two pieces welded on to flip down and hold it?
    Something else?

    Thanks again.

    Emory in Appalachia
    What is holding it open? If it is the just the curvature of the lid, your latch idea seems the best permanent fix. When its latched down, some heating with an OA or OP torch will relax the curvature a bit to fit exactly.

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      My first thought is issue is with sprung hinges, but as Northwelder said it could be just curvature of lid... Should not be rocket science to fix problem...

      Dale
      "Fear The Government That Wants To Take Your Guns" - Thomas Jefferson..

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