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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Smoker bellows repair

    If you don't have the time/ability/whatever, replacement bellows are only $10... http://www.mannlakeltd.com/beekeepin...73.html#HD-575

    eta: Curses, Nick beat me to it while I was typing/searching/distracted.

    Tony
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  3. #22
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    Default Re: Smoker bellows repair

    Mike,

    You forgot the 5th one: Bondo!
    Beeman
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  4. #23
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    Default Re: Smoker bellows repair

    If your bellows are worn, pay particular attention to how the check valve is seating. They are usually also worn out by now, or have excessive dirt accumulated so as to make them leak.

    As for bellow material, a good leather, oiled regularity, is your best choice.

    Crazy Roland

  5. #24
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    Default Re: Smoker bellows repair

    Quote Originally Posted by Roland View Post
    If your bellows are worn, pay particular attention to how the check valve is seating. They are usually also worn out by now, or have excessive dirt accumulated so as to make them leak.

    As for bellow material, a good leather, oiled regularity, is your best choice.

    Crazy Roland
    That is a good point on the flapper..if the leather is shot and he's going to tear it apart may as well replace the flapper which is quick to do. But it depends on the bellows, some use/used an upper intake with the flapper, some use the exhaust port as the intake with no flapper.....

    Rich
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  6. #25
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    Default Re: Smoker bellows repair

    Please forgive me, but if your device(can you call it a real smoker?) does not have a check valve like a Woodman, is it worth the time to repair? I think not.

    Crazy Roland

  7. #26
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    Default Re: Smoker bellows repair

    Quote Originally Posted by rwurster View Post
    I never throw out my old boots. .
    I do not either, I place them upside down on fence post to keep water from soaking into the grain of the wood and hastening it's rotting. But a stainless smoker screwed to the top of a fence post, just dripping with fuchsia sure is a purdy sight.

  8. #27
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    Default Re: Smoker bellows repair

    Quote Originally Posted by whiskers View Post
    Being as cheap as I am I've usually got an old pair of worn out boots around in case I need a bit of leather. I'd go there.
    Bill
    I saved the leather from an old office chair . You'd be surprised what the odd bit of soft leather can be used for .
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  9. #28
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    Default Re: Smoker bellows repair

    I think I just discovered missing branches of my family tree !

    I thought I was the only one who saved pieces of leather, metal, wood, wire, etc. that was "harvested" from broken appliances and such.

    Thank you brothers !

  10. #29
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    Default Re: Smoker bellows repair

    The problem that I had with mine was the screws stripped out of the wood, the wood is shot. I fixed it a few times but finally bought the HD565. I was skeptical of the plastic bellows but I found that the HD565 has performed better than my old smoker ever did. I appreciate seeing that I can buy a replacement bellows and I might do that thanks for sharing that link but in the meantime I'm enjoying the new smoker. It is a performer. Thank you Mann Lake.

  11. #30
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    Default Re: Smoker bellows repair

    Early on, I was given an old smoker in which the bellows material was shot. I simply replaced it with an old piece of canvas painters tarp. It's been working for years this way.

  12. #31
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    Default Re: Smoker bellows repair

    One of mine had the rubber bellows that split all the way down so I replaced it with neoprene from a old pair of waders I had laying a round .

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