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Unread 06-24-2011, 01:00 PM   #8116
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When I am cooking and cruising along at 225, the ball valve is about 25% open. I think it is needed unless you have a better way to reduce the airflow as well as it does. You can really fine tune it with the valve.
I can see where you are coming from with the valve.
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I think since I don't have any welding capabilities I am going to just start
with the bare holes and magnets.
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Unread 06-24-2011, 01:08 PM   #8117
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Lots of folks, including me, went for a round magnet over the intake holes instead of nipples/caps and a ball valve. Works like a champ.
To me the good thing about using magnets over the holes is that when I cook I like to feel what part of the bottom area where the coals are burning is the hottest. Then I know that these vents may need to be closed or partially closed if I don't want the temp to get too high.

The other areas that are not as hot I would open more.

With the valve being in only one spot you really have less control.

The magnets can adjust every hole to whatever size opening that you desire and that is good.
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In this case the important thing to have is a flexible design that allows infinite control of air flow. Plugging an entire hole to reduce temps may be too much. With a ball valve or magnet you can do really small adjustments to dial in temps. It just depends on how much you want to control those temps. For most things it probably doesn't matter as long as you are in the ballpark so corks may be the ticket!

I went with a ball valve so I didn't have to bend over all the time to adjust the intake. What can I say? I'm lazy like that!
I think I am going to start with 4-6 holes on the bottom and use magnets first.

I actually don't mind messing with the vents until I get the temp steady.
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In this case the important thing to have is a flexible design that allows infinite control of air flow. Plugging an entire hole to reduce temps may be too much. With a ball valve or magnet you can do really small adjustments to dial in temps. It just depends on how much you want to control those temps. For most things it probably doesn't matter as long as you are in the ballpark so corks may be the ticket!

I went with a ball valve so I didn't have to bend over all the time to adjust the intake. What can I say? I'm lazy like that!
Real easy to adjust the ball valve with your foot. I don't think i could fine tune the magnets as easy.
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Unread 06-24-2011, 02:30 PM   #8120
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Well fellas i guess its time for my build i bought this drum for 25 bucks its painted and sandblasted already tell me what ya think


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Never saw a drum with that many holes on top. Good deal for the price.
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Real easy to adjust the ball valve with your foot. I don't think i could fine tune the magnets as easy.
Or bring your pipe up the side of the drum and use your hand!

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Unread 06-24-2011, 04:31 PM   #8123
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I went with a ball valve so I didn't have to bend over all the time to adjust the intake. What can I say? I'm lazy like that!
I WANTED the magnets but couldn't find any so I went with the valve. After the fact I am glad I went with the valve because it is VERY easy to bump it with my foot to adjust
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Do these sound safe to use after a burn out?

I found him on CL.

I am selling empty 55 gallon metal barrels. I had water based waterproofing membrane in them before. The product was non-toxic and environmentally friendly.
Barrels have the standard 2" and 3/4 threaded holes and they are the SEALED LID type.
Barrels could be used as floats for docks, water storage, garbage cans, or as other chemical storage tanks, or ext.
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As long as there is no scaling rust inside, burn them out and they are good to go.

Sealing lid is a big plus.

Get a couple.
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After going through maybe a hundred or so pages of this thread I wonder if the ball valve is really necessary?

I owned several WSMs and they didn't have those.

Why not have 4 to six vent holes and just use cork as plugs?

Is the ball valve really a big asset to this design?
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I bought Amazon.com: Magcraft NSN0749 1-Inch by 1/16-Inch Rare Earth Disc Magnets, 6-Count: Home Improvement that allow you to adjust air flow. They work great with 3/4" holes.
Those look very strong.

Thank you.
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I bought Amazon.com: Magcraft NSN0749 1-Inch by 1/16-Inch Rare Earth Disc Magnets, 6-Count: Home Improvement that allow you to adjust air flow. They work great with 3/4" holes.
I actually found some at Harbor Freight for $1.99

http://www.harborfreight.com/10-piec...ets-67488.html
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I actually found some at Harbor Freight for $1.99

http://www.harborfreight.com/10-piec...ets-67488.html
5/16" diameter? Good luck.
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5/16" diameter? Good luck.
I noticed that too bad.

What do you think of these?
http://www.harborfreight.com/2-piece...cks-98406.html
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