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Old 02-08-2014, 10:58 AM   #11699
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Join Date: 04-05-13
Location: Buffalo Grove, IL

Originally Posted by AaronPo View Post
DO you have any pictures of this? I'd be interested in seeing them. My weber lid doesn't fit perfectly. It works, but I can easily slide it around on top of the drum.
Yeah, no problem. There were some in my earlier post, but here are 2 shots of the lid, plus a shot of how the aluminum bar literally rests right up against my grate bolts, plus a pic of the template I created to drill the holes in the aluminum. Grates are 1.75" down per the Norco build.

From the pics, the lid looks like it fits ok, and it does, and it might very well seal up better after I run Permatex around it or have done a seasoning burn where some gunk accumulates, but despite the pics, the lid is definitely not snug so I think I can improve it, though I'm probably over-thinking but perfection is awesome. I saw someplace else where someone actually put a 1/2" wide piece of aluminum on the 1/2" area that protrudes from the drum, so that was why I thought that the 1/2" x 1/8'" thick nomex might seal the deal.

The template I used was a scrap from the first piece of 1.5" aluminum that I farked up. After some experimenting, I found that screws to attach the aluminum are best 1/2" off the bottom so I marked 1/2" on my template, then it took me 2 tries to drill a hole that's centered on that line. I then clamped and aligned the template on top of my 2" wide piece, figured out how far apart to evenly space the 8 screws, then had holes that were all even since I figured an uneven piece of aluminum would create an uneven lid.

I'll eventually have an easier time attaching the 2" piece to the drum, and I'm going back and redoing the grate supports with acorn nuts on the outside.
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File Type: jpg UDS Lid.jpg (49.2 KB, 485 views)
File Type: jpg UDS Lid 2.jpg (51.7 KB, 485 views)
File Type: jpg Close up.jpg (62.4 KB, 487 views)
File Type: jpg Template.jpg (46.7 KB, 486 views)
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