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Unread 12-22-2009, 06:14 PM   #1
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Question Weber Kettle Lid Question

Quick question, does anyone have any mods to help a Weber Kettle lid fit without losing smoke from under the lid. A couple months back I restored an old Performer I got off of CL and the lid never really fit right from the start. It was a little bent probably from someone dropping it and I got it to fit but it's almost like the lid is too big for the bowl. When its on the kettle I can move it all around as it doesn't fit snug. Is this normal? Will it affect air control for long slow cooks? Just curious. Thanks in advance for any tips.

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Unread 12-22-2009, 06:16 PM   #2
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Make a foil "gasket" around the rim of the Kettle.
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Glue some rope gasket to the lip of the lid.
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or an Oven door gasket.
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Some folks use spring clips with the rubber tips removed.
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I thought about that but the lip on the lid is not very deep, if I put foil or rope it won't sit on the bowl instead it will sit on top of the bowl. Is this normal for weber lids? My other weber doesn't do this.
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Mine leaks a little but not that bad...it must be bent like you said. I'd think the foil, athough not real attractive is likely going to be your best bet as you can shape the foil to fit real good.
The other thing I would do is maybe mark the lid and the bottom so you get the lid on the same each time. This way you'll at least be able to know that you have consistent air flow for lower, slower cooks and may mean you have to close the top damper a bit more than if the lid was tighter.
I have to do the same on my UDS so I get consistent air flow.
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If I put the lid on like in the picture I get tons of smoke from under the lid. If I spin the lid counter clockwise I get a better seal but for the sake of the loose lid I took that pic last night showing it at it's worse. That's chicken grilling in the pic.

The problem I get from having the lid in the same place all the time (where it fits ok) is that I have my coals in the same place as well, usually indirect. This leaves a nice grease stain on the bottom of the bowl over time and I got me a nice grease fire last time I did some steaks thus prompting me to see if any brethren had any ideas. ***exhale***

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It might be that your kettle is also bent or out of round. Measure the diameter of the kettle in four places, the measurements should all be equal. Also check for flatness of the top of the kettle.
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Quote:
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Make a foil "gasket" around the rim of the Kettle.
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It might be that your kettle is also bent or out of round. Measure the diameter of the kettle in four places, the measurements should all be equal. Also check for flatness of the top of the kettle.
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Stop burning newspapers in your Kettle.
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Build a UDS and order a new lid for the Performer?
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Jburt is on to something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Stop burning newspapers in your Kettle.

LOL. Smokey ain't it? I'm in the "grill chicken over hot hot hot coals" crowd. 2 second hand test. If you can pull off cooking chicken mega hot without burning it the results are some mighty juicy and tasty chicken!
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I reshaped mine back by squeezing it back into shape and that helped a bit. Also, let your kettle gunk up a bit. That'll also help in sealing the lid somewhat....plus your food will taste better....:D
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