Originally Posted by soapy_junk
quick quesiton.. i am purchasing parts to build my smoker.. have read this thread 3 times over and am very excited..
regarding the 3/4 black pipe nipple and the ball valve.. i will be doing a NON welded unit.. everyone says use the 3/4 electrical conduit lock nuts.. i purchased them.. but they look like they are coated.. are they?.. are they ok to use that close to the firebox?
You will be fine with those. Zinc plating does not melt until about 800 degrees F, and it does not vaporize until over 1400 degrees I believe. You would have to have one hot UDS to get any harmful vapors.
I use zinc plated bolts on everything, including grate mounts, and handle bolts. "Stainless only" is trumped up, and not necessary.