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jtfisher63
07-26-2007, 07:01 PM
Hey guys, I'm looking to add a couple of ball valves to the grease drains on my pit and I'm not sure which valves to use. Right now there is a pipe about 1 1/2" diameter and 4" long coming out of the bottom of the barrel and vertical sections. I was planning on welding on ball valves to ease the clean up. I was at Home Depot last night and saw some 1" ball valves for about $13 that said for water, gas or oil use. Think these we work? The drains are at the opposite end of the firebox and I can't imagine them getting any hotter than maybe 300 degrees. If not what valves should I get? Thanks in advance.

Jason

FatDad
07-26-2007, 07:57 PM
There is another option.
You could get one like the picture in Post # 18 of the following thread.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23319&page=4

jtfisher63
07-27-2007, 01:54 PM
There is another option.
You could get one like the picture in Post # 18 of the following thread.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23319&page=4


Ummmmm... nope!

Jason

backyardchef
07-27-2007, 02:10 PM
2 inch brass valve.....That's what's on the BYC and, I think, Large Marge....Works like a charm except when some chunk of char gets stuck in there....but a little twig stuck up there usually does the trick.

Westexbbq
07-27-2007, 03:56 PM
I got a one and one-half inch ball valve with a four inch pipe adaptor to fit my Smokemaster, works good so far; woulda gone for 2 inch but could not find it reasonably priced at the time. Don't have a pic but next time I take one of the pit, will try for a close up.

jtfisher63
07-27-2007, 04:11 PM
I got a one and one-half inch ball valve with a four inch pipe adaptor to fit my Smokemaster, works good so far; woulda gone for 2 inch but could not find it reasonably priced at the time. Don't have a pic but next time I take one of the pit, will try for a close up.

Cool, if ya had a pic that would be sweet. Are the valves just the ones used for water, oil and gas? Or are they some special high temp valves?

Jason

backyardchef
07-27-2007, 04:40 PM
Maybe these will help....
http://www.gatorpit.net/Trad_Upright_2.jpg
http://pigroast.com/images/Model-60-002.jpg

CajunSmoker
07-27-2007, 04:44 PM
the standard valves are fine. They are made of brass and will handle the heat. I braze them with oxy/acetylene and they take it. Just be sure and buy a "full port" valve so the opening is unrestricted.

jtfisher63
07-27-2007, 05:36 PM
Those pics do help. I figured I would have to braze them on due to them being brass. Thanks guys.

Jason