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Old 05-29-2009, 05:41 PM   #1
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I have a saucer sized warp on the top of my firebox from hot coals from wood from preheating it...long story...blah blah blah. Nevertheless, it's warped and I want to put it relatively close to flat again. It is 1/4" plate Dave Klose suggested beating on it cold with a large sledge and a 2x4. My thoughts are close to that in that I have a 1/4" thick piece of plate and have been beating on a 2x4 on top of that. Not sure if heating it would help or only make it worse. Don't want to crack it either. Any suggestions you guys or girls might have would be appreciated.
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Old 05-29-2009, 05:50 PM   #2
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:09 PM   #3
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Yeah, don't preheat wood to coals on top of your firebox.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:00 PM   #4
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Don't quote me cause it's been a while sense I've been in auto body class in High School,1970-71. to shrink metal on fenders ( thin metal) we would heat the metal with a torch, then cool it with ice cold water on a rag. Now remember we would use body filler to bring it home
No quarantees this don't make it worse
Now it the cooker double walled on that location ? The 2th idea is to cut that plate out n replace it, Or live with it and we all learn from it learn
try the heat if that don't work, replace tha panel. A good shop will be able to do it, without even noticing the job was done
But the man that built the cooker would know more then I would about that cooker
How about use a peice of expanded metal to top of it as a warming tray, you would have to be on top of it to see the warp

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Old 05-29-2009, 08:01 PM   #5
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Fire actually came out between door and top of firebox and caught the wood on fire. I whaled on this thing for almost an hour and made little, if any "dent" in it. That is some seriously hard steel. I'm actually thinking of leaving it alone and use it as a draining aid for when it gets wet...as opposed to letting it sit on top. It's raised about 1/4" and really doesn't look that bad. I'll sand the top and repaint and leave it be.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:07 PM   #6
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Don't quote me cause it's been a while sense I've been in auto body class in High School,1970-71. to shrink metal on fenders ( thin metal) we would heat the metal with a torch, then cool it with ice cold water on a rag. Now remember we would use body filler to bring it home
No quarantees this don't make it worse
Now it the cooker double walled on that location ? The 2th idea is to cut that plate out n replace it, Or live with it and we all learn from it learn
try the heat if that don't work, replace tha panel. A good shop will be able to do it, without even noticing the job was done
But the man that built the cooker would know more then I would about that cooker
How about use a peice of expanded metal to top of it as a warming tray, you would have to be on top of it to see the warp

Just an Idea

Best of luck to you BBQ Brother
The firebox is double walled 1/4" each and the plate he used is extremely hard steel. I'm not willing to go through the expense cutting and replacing because it really doesn't look that bad. Like I said, it will keep water off the top of the box. From side to side the warp is about as big as a saucer dish. I'll leave well enough alone. Thanks Honcho.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:21 PM   #9
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Sorry can't help..mine iz 1/2".
Yeah, so is my other Klose. Freak thing. Really no big deal. Just thought if I could straighten it without too much of an ordeal, I would. I can live with it.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:26 PM   #10
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Your preheating wood caught on fire?...if it was my firebox i would buy a 1/4-1/2" plate and have it welded on top,even better from day1.
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