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Unique options for pit handles

Postby iRIDElow » Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:12 am

Hey guys, I'm building a new pit and am looking for some different options for the door handles. Looking to see what other people are doing to get some good ideas.

I figured this would be a good thread where people could post some pictures on different yet unique door handles (axe handles, horse shoes, machined pieces, etc)
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Postby Boots » Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:43 pm

Just used some No. 7 horseshoes for my new cedar barn doors. The bigger the number, the bigger the horsehoe, I think the biggest are like 9's or 10's for Clydesdales. Tough, workable with a gas torch, weldable, cool looking. One small problem. They are HARD and you need a really good combo drill bit to get through them, my contractor burned up two standard bits (with lubrication) trying to get through one shoe.
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Postby iRIDElow » Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:45 pm

Boots wrote:Just used some No. 7 horseshoes for my new cedar barn doors. The bigger the number, the bigger the horsehoe, I think the biggest are like 9's or 10's for Clydesdales. Tough, workable with a gas torch, weldable, cool looking. One small problem. They are HARD and you need a really good combo drill bit to get through them, my contractor burned up two standard bits (with lubrication) trying to get through one shoe.


interesting, if you have a picture post it up.
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Postby k.a.m. » Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:19 am

I designed this handle for my big cooker and liked it so I used it on my smaller cooker as well.
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I designed these years ago and have used them on several cookers including the grill on my big cooker.
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Postby iRIDElow » Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:04 am

k.a.m. wrote:I designed this handle for my big cooker and liked it so I used it on my smaller cooker as well.
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Did you cut these brackets or have them made? my smoker is being fabricated out of 36" OD pipe so I like the fact they drop down a bit. I cannot find anything like that.
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Postby k.a.m. » Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:15 am

I designed them and had them cut on a CNC laser table.
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Postby OldUsedParts » Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:29 am

being an old broke down horseshoer that's worked the forge, I can tell ya that those spring type handles are the best move when you're talking about potentially hot metal - - - great design, KAM :tup:
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Postby k.a.m. » Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:30 am

OldUsedParts wrote:being an old broke down horseshoer that's worked the forge, I can tell ya that those spring type handles are the best move when you're talking about potentially hot metal - - - great design, KAM :tup:

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Postby iRIDElow » Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:13 am

I really would like to do a nice wooden handle or a stainless handle. One of my concerns is that if I run with a stainless handle will it get hot?
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Re: Unique options for pit handles

Postby spg » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:23 am

I got these from a 13.5'' ring gasket for a BOP. It doesn't get hot.
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Postby iRIDElow » Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:49 am

spg wrote:I got these from a 13.5'' ring gasket for a BOP. It doesn't get hot.


that's good to hear. What I have in my head is cutting some drop down handle brackets/lugs, and then either run a wooden handle that I can stain, or a nice stainless handle of some sort. Glad to hear yours do not get hot because that was my main concern.
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Postby iRIDElow » Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:50 am

k.a.m. wrote:I designed them and had them cut on a CNC laser table.

Kam who did you have cut them if you don't mind me asking? Im looking for a place that I can get something almost identical to those?
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Postby k.a.m. » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:12 pm

iRIDElow wrote:
k.a.m. wrote:I designed them and had them cut on a CNC laser table.

Kam who did you have cut them if you don't mind me asking? Im looking for a place that I can get something almost identical to those?

They were cut by a friend of mine in Missouri. But anyone that has a water jet or laser CNC can do it. Just look up water jetting.
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Postby iRIDElow » Wed Mar 16, 2016 1:34 pm

k.a.m. wrote:
iRIDElow wrote:
k.a.m. wrote:I designed them and had them cut on a CNC laser table.

Kam who did you have cut them if you don't mind me asking? Im looking for a place that I can get something almost identical to those?

They were cut by a friend of mine in Missouri. But anyone that has a water jet or laser CNC can do it. Just look up water jetting.

Ya I tried a place locally and they asked me for the file I want cut and that I don't have to send them. I was just curious if it was you that cut them, or someone that was familiar with this kind of stuff.
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Postby k.a.m. » Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:39 pm

They should be able to convert a jpeg to their file format. Make a drawing to scale then scan it and send it to them it should work. We have a water jetter here in town that does work for me all the time like that.
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