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JiveTurkey 12-22-2009 06:14 PM

Weber Kettle Lid Question
 
Quick question, does anyone have any mods to help a Weber Kettle lid fit without losing smoke from under the lid. A couple months back I restored an old Performer I got off of CL and the lid never really fit right from the start. It was a little bent probably from someone dropping it and I got it to fit but it's almost like the lid is too big for the bowl. When its on the kettle I can move it all around as it doesn't fit snug. Is this normal? Will it affect air control for long slow cooks? Just curious. Thanks in advance for any tips.

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...q/DSC02376.jpg

NorthwestBBQ 12-22-2009 06:16 PM

Make a foil "gasket" around the rim of the Kettle. :-D

Brauma 12-22-2009 06:19 PM

Glue some rope gasket to the lip of the lid.

stiffy 12-22-2009 06:21 PM

or an Oven door gasket.

cameraman 12-22-2009 06:24 PM

Some folks use spring clips with the rubber tips removed.

JiveTurkey 12-22-2009 06:24 PM

I thought about that but the lip on the lid is not very deep, if I put foil or rope it won't sit on the bowl instead it will sit on top of the bowl. Is this normal for weber lids? My other weber doesn't do this.

sfbbqguy 12-22-2009 06:46 PM

Mine leaks a little but not that bad...it must be bent like you said. I'd think the foil, athough not real attractive is likely going to be your best bet as you can shape the foil to fit real good.
The other thing I would do is maybe mark the lid and the bottom so you get the lid on the same each time. This way you'll at least be able to know that you have consistent air flow for lower, slower cooks and may mean you have to close the top damper a bit more than if the lid was tighter.
I have to do the same on my UDS so I get consistent air flow.
Good luck.

JiveTurkey 12-22-2009 07:08 PM

If I put the lid on like in the picture I get tons of smoke from under the lid. If I spin the lid counter clockwise I get a better seal but for the sake of the loose lid I took that pic last night showing it at it's worse. That's chicken grilling in the pic.

The problem I get from having the lid in the same place all the time (where it fits ok) is that I have my coals in the same place as well, usually indirect. This leaves a nice grease stain on the bottom of the bowl over time and I got me a nice grease fire last time I did some steaks thus prompting me to see if any brethren had any ideas. ***exhale***

p.s. thanks for the replies everybody.

skeetman 12-22-2009 07:12 PM

It might be that your kettle is also bent or out of round. Measure the diameter of the kettle in four places, the measurements should all be equal. Also check for flatness of the top of the kettle.

JD McGee 12-22-2009 07:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NorthwestBBQ (Post 1121731)
Make a foil "gasket" around the rim of the Kettle. :-D

Quote:

Originally Posted by skeetman (Post 1121790)
It might be that your kettle is also bent or out of round. Measure the diameter of the kettle in four places, the measurements should all be equal. Also check for flatness of the top of the kettle.

What they said...^^^...:cool:

Bbq Bubba 12-22-2009 07:26 PM

Stop burning newspapers in your Kettle. :shock:

Jburt 12-22-2009 07:27 PM

Build a UDS and order a new lid for the Performer?

sfbbqguy 12-22-2009 07:41 PM

Jburt is on to something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JiveTurkey 12-22-2009 08:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bbq Bubba (Post 1121808)
Stop burning newspapers in your Kettle. :shock:


LOL. Smokey ain't it? I'm in the "grill chicken over hot hot hot coals" crowd. 2 second hand test. If you can pull off cooking chicken mega hot without burning it the results are some mighty juicy and tasty chicken!

Carbon 12-22-2009 08:57 PM

I reshaped mine back by squeezing it back into shape and that helped a bit. Also, let your kettle gunk up a bit. That'll also help in sealing the lid somewhat....plus your food will taste better....:D


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