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  • Gary Rolin Jun 15, 2005 12:23 PM
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I have a barrel smoker that moved from Atlanta to Los Angeles that was bent in the move. I've tried my best to fix it, but the hinged lid does not close as tightly as it once did. There are gaps btwn the lid and the main body of the smoker and when I smoked a Boston Butt this past weekend I noticed that a lot of smoke was escaping from the gaps (as you might expect).

I was smoking a Boston Butt and I noticed that it wasn't as flavorful as it I others I had made. am I right in assuming it is becuase less smoke was being held in the main smoke chamber? Short of buying a new smoker or doing some major cold forging work, is there anything I can do to keep the smoke inside? would a wet blanket or towels help?

Thanks.

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  1. Google "stove rope" and you will find suppliers of what you need. You'll also need a high-temperature adhesive to stick it on with. Cheap fix.

    Jim

    1. If you are a redneck, try duct tape.

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      1. re: Jim H.

        I am not a redneck, but i am well-acquainted in the uses of duct tape as one of the major binding forces of the universe.

        1. re: Jim H.

          I am not a redneck, but i am well-acquainted in the uses of duct tape as one of the major binding forces of the universe.

        2. roll up a long piece of tin foil and lay it between the top and bottom like a gasket...good luck!

          1. The stove gasket material is a good idea depending on how large a gap you have. If it isn't too large, you might try some high temp silicone gasket material, running a bead on one side, covering the other side with waxed paper, shutting the door and letting the pressure of the door fill out the silicone. Let it cure for 24 hours, remove the wax paper and you should have a respectable gasket to contain the smoke. It can be repeated as necessary.