Fixing a Sprung Smoker Firebox Lid

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Fixing a Sprung Smoker Firebox Lid

Postby EmoryJ » Sun May 17, 2020 1:01 pm

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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Re: Fixing a Sprung Smoker Firebox Lid

Postby OldUsedParts » Sun May 17, 2020 1:46 pm

Howdy and Welcome to the Forum :tup: :texas: :salut: - - I'm pretty sure that K.A.M. or some other Members will be helping you find the answers you need so just hang in there, OK ?
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Re: Fixing a Sprung Smoker Firebox Lid

Postby EmoryJ » Sun May 17, 2020 1:48 pm

Thanks for the welcome. Glad to be here!.
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Re: Fixing a Sprung Smoker Firebox Lid

Postby hogaboomer » Sun May 17, 2020 2:55 pm

Kind of hard to tell if it's sprung, or the hinges are just put on wrong. Where is it hitting?
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Re: Fixing a Sprung Smoker Firebox Lid

Postby k.a.m. » Mon May 18, 2020 11:10 am

Really need better pics of the whole cooker. Door open/closed. With the amount of visible rust it could simply be rust built up between the inner door seal and lid. The rust will keep the door from closing properly.
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Re: Fixing a Sprung Smoker Firebox Lid

Postby EmoryJ » Mon May 18, 2020 12:20 pm

Thanks for your replies -
The firebox lid/door warped up in use (says the previous owner)
it seems to me that heating it and hammering it in place would work,
but I wonder about it warping back?
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Re: Fixing a Sprung Smoker Firebox Lid

Postby EmoryJ » Mon May 18, 2020 12:23 pm

It's hitting in the lid track nicely, but it's raised like 3/4" so the bottom and sides have leaks.
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Re: Fixing a Sprung Smoker Firebox Lid

Postby k.a.m. » Tue May 19, 2020 8:50 am

Personally I have never seen a door spring that bad do to heat that did not relax and come back once cooled. Is the blasted cooker pic this cooker or another?
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Re: Fixing a Sprung Smoker Firebox Lid

Postby hogaboomer » Tue May 19, 2020 11:41 am

It looks like it's raised up all the way to the hinge. IMO, the hinges need to be re-done. In the overhead shot the gap at the top of the door looks awfully tight, that may have something to do with it not closing right.
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Re: Fixing a Sprung Smoker Firebox Lid

Postby k.a.m. » Tue May 19, 2020 1:47 pm

hogaboomer wrote:It looks like it's raised up all the way to the hinge. IMO, the hinges need to be re-done. In the overhead shot the gap at the top of the door looks awfully tight, that may have something to do with it not closing right.

I noticed that as well which led me to think rust may be the issue. It is possible to take a grinder to that top edge while in place and allow the door to come down. I also use painters tape on the inner edge of the door to see where it is compressing the tape. This helps me determine how I will proceed with a door that is to tight.
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Re: Fixing a Sprung Smoker Firebox Lid

Postby hogaboomer » Tue May 19, 2020 3:37 pm

Yep, open up the lid and take a grinder to the top edge. Grind about a 1/16th or so back and see what happens then. I think the door is pinched at the top.
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Re: Fixing a Sprung Smoker Firebox Lid

Postby Weaverspit » Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:14 pm

Re weld the door hinges grind them off ...reset the door or use 2stout heavy duty hinges ..bolt them in ..use stainless steel bolts ...either way ...
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Re: Fixing a Sprung Smoker Firebox Lid

Postby hogaboomer » Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:47 pm

He never did come back and tell us what he did. :banghead:
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Re: Fixing a Sprung Smoker Firebox Lid

Postby k.a.m. » Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:15 am

:laughing7:
hogaboomer wrote:He never did come back and tell us what he did. :banghead:

Another flash in the pan brother.
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Re: Fixing a Sprung Smoker Firebox Lid

Postby hogaboomer » Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:59 pm

Aggravating. :angryfire:

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