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Chargriller vent control not working?

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Post Sun Jul 25, 2004 2:03 am
goldenbear medium-rare
medium-rare

Posts: 52
Location: Southern California
Chargriller owners,

Question: has any one of you experienced the Vent control wheel not working after smoking for 6+ hours? I smoked my pulled pork last week and i tried to close the vent since I was done with the pork and wanted to kill the fire. But instead of spinning, the little lever just bends. I think I have it a little tighter than necessary so I'm going to loosen it before I Q tomorrow but I just thought it was strange that it wasn't able to handle the heat. I have an extra vent wheel since I got one from both the super pro and the firebox. But just thought I'd ask and see what others are experiencing.
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Post Sun Jul 25, 2004 7:18 am
BBcue-Z well done
well done

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Location: Atlanta-GA
I’ve never had any problem with mine. I bit if you loosen it a little it’ll work just fine. My Super Pro came with the a triangle shape vent cover, so I only have one.
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Post Mon Jul 26, 2004 7:29 am
Grand Scale BBQ Deputy
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Location: York, PA
I'm guessing you're either too tight or your fire is right up against the vent and is too hot on that thin metal. I've never had that problem either.
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Post Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:07 am
Rifter well done
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Location: Idaho, Boise

I suspect it is a bit too tight. I know mine on my smoker is. It has that little piece of metal hanging out there... so the last time I did ribs, I went to open it up, and put my foot on it, and pushed it open. The tab bent. :-( I had it working fine, before I installed the smoker box, but I know it was a little looser on the main grill body, than I did it on the smoker box. I put my mits on, and was able to manually turn it, by applying more even pressure to that metal tab. You may have had the same problem I saw. :-)
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Post Fri May 07, 2010 8:07 pm
call911 raw
raw

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Location: Wasaga Beach, Ontario
i haven't had that happen but ihave inadvertinly removed my finger prints

Post Fri May 07, 2010 8:27 pm
bbq-Ike medium-rare
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Location: Milwaukee, WI
ouch!
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Post Mon May 10, 2010 12:24 pm
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BBQ Deputy
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Location: Central Alberta, Canada
This has never happened on my own SFB, but I fixed a similar issue on a friend's smoker a couple weeks ago. All we did was place a thin metal washer on either side of the vent plate and then we fastened it back in place. The two washers create a bit of a bearing surface so the plate moves smoothly, and if the washers are thin enough it won't affect the airflow. You could also improvise a couple of very thin washers out of aluminum cans, if you have a pair of tin snips and a nail.

You might need a longer bolt if yours is too short, though. And if you do, make sure you're not using a locknut with a nylon bearing - they melt right out.
Unlike propane, you'll never wake up scorched and naked in another county because you mishandled a bag of briquettes.

Post Tue May 11, 2010 9:44 pm
PTL4BBQ medium
medium

Posts: 150
Location: Portland, OR
Yeah, I had bent my original one a little, so not tight enough and the extra one with the SFB was a great replacement...
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I only use gas to start my charcoal chimney...


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