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  1. #1
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    Default New smoker leaks around lid - can i fix it?

    My new Kelley smoker leaks around the lid where the seam is. It isn't that big of a deal, but it does puff a little smoke back on my hands. I'd just prefer the smoke went out the nozzle where it belongs.

    I've tried tweaking the shape of the lid and can a bit, but it still leaks.

    Any ideas?

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    Default Re: New smoker leaks around lid - can i fix it?

    Call them and ask for a UPS Call Tag to return it at their expense. Exchange it for another one or ask for a refund.

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    Default Re: New smoker leaks around lid - can i fix it?

    Keep using it. It will stop once the kreosote builds up.
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    Default Re: New smoker leaks around lid - can i fix it?

    It will stop once the creosote builds up.
    Oh yea...they are "self sealing"
    Mike Forbes
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    Default Re: New smoker leaks around lid - can i fix it?

    J B Weld

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    Default Re: New smoker leaks around lid - can i fix it?

    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyTurtle View Post
    Any ideas?
    Yep; use some cedar chips, pine needles, or just use it a few times. One of the hardest things (well, most frequent frustrations) for new beeks is keeping the smoker burning, so pack up a couple and work on your smoker mojo.

    All too soon you'll be taking the torch to it so you can open it without a jaws-of-life
    Bees, brews and fun
    in Lyons, CO

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    Default Re: New smoker leaks around lid - can i fix it?

    ....or end up knocking the handle off with your hive tool trying to get it open
    Mike Forbes
    Red Dirt Apiaries

  8. #8
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    Default Re: New smoker leaks around lid - can i fix it?

    Thanks, folks.

    I've had it lit twice while I await my girls. I haven't had any trouble lighting or keeping it lit (I used to forge metal with coal - eerily similar lighting techniques).

    I'm not sure I want to go the JB weld route, and it is leaking from quite a gap between the lid and can rim so I don't know that creosote will seal that. Seems like a new piece of equipment ought to have better fit than this.

    I'll call Kelley on Monday to see what they say.

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