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Old 03-13-2013, 12:24 PM   #32
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Join Date: 01-16-12
Location: Winfield, IL

I finally got around to making the second brace. As an aside, it is a lot easier to bend 3/8" rebar using a 14" piece of EMT (stick the rebar through the EMT and pull against that instead of the rebar itself.)

I'm sure I could fit 6 racks of back loin ribs on that without any difficulty. Maybe even that many racks of spares.

I notched the parts where they cross and bent such that there is a little tension on the joint for additional stability. It feels really solid!

To recap the keys to stability:
  • light tension where the slots on the bars fit on the tabs that support the upper rack. Rebar is not spring steel so you won't get a lot of tension anyway, but too much makes it harder to install the pieces on the smoker.
  • carefully ground slots for the tabs. These need to fig snugly.
  • light tension where the pieces cross.

Now that I have a better strategy for bending rebar, I think I could make one using 1/2" rebar for the 22.5 WSM.
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