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Unread 06-03-2008, 05:40 PM   #1
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psst motley has performance issues.... now thats out of the way.

on my latest drum, i cant keep the temps from rising. i light a small fire and have very little air flow in. my only thought is the loose fitting lid is letting too much air in. i may try to make a lid out of tin foil so it seals and poke some exhaust holes in it to see if a tight lid seal is the key.

havent had probls like this before with other drums. my weber lid doesnt fit either. i guess i could try to find someone to cut off the lip, if thats the way to go
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I would think if you built a real smoky fire you could see the leaks better
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I had issues after making mine out of round. Was it an open top drum to start? If so put band clamp on. Bigger pain but worked for me.
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I think you are onto the problem. If you are having high temp problems there has to be too much air getting in one way or the other.
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Agree with the gang....you have a leak somewhere.
If you think it's the lid, Norco's got the cure.
Are your intakes tight? What do you have for an exhaust?
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I've been using my DrumLid Clamp to better seal off my DrumPit since installation of my raised extension but I have toyed with the notion of using 1/4" WoodStove Gasket around the inner lip of my open end Drum Lid, held in place by a bead of FoodGrade Hi-Temp Silicone. But then I found another lid that fit the Drum better and have quit using the Drum Lid Clamp altogether.
This could be an option for you to consider.
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Motley:

I got $hitloads of fiberglass rope gasket iffin you want some. Besides, you got another drum to pick up. Glued in place with red silicone is a pretty much permanent fix. Or, we can remove the lip.
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