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Offline OzBuzz

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Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« on: January 06, 2011, 06:33:51 AM »
Hi Everybody, a few small splits have occured on the bellows on my smoker. I think they're vinyl rather than leather and the out surface has seperated from the underlying material. Does anybody have any recommendations for a quick temproary fix? i can't get new ones for a few weeks but i have a few cutouts to do as well as work my hives this weekend. I was thinking of a glue of some sort?

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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2011, 07:37:00 AM »
ductape
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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2011, 08:34:21 AM »
Yep....ductape. Or is that duct tape? I'm not sure.

I'm sure in Australia it's called something like "Stickykooklawidgitsholdmyskivviesup" tape.  :-D

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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2011, 09:49:00 AM »
I'm sure in Australia it's called something like "Stickykooklawidgitsholdmyskivviesup" tape.  :-D

 :-D :-D :-D  I had to laugh out lound.  That was down right funny.  We had an Australian exchange student for a year when I was in High School and he'd make up stuff like that to mess with us "Yanks".

Duct tape is what I thought would be the best for a short term fix.  However, it get pretty stick and nasty when used long term, in heat,  on a flexible joint.  I'd think you'll eventually have to replace the bellows for a good long term fix.  Pardon my geographical ignorance, are the floods affecting your area?
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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2011, 09:50:47 AM »
I seriously always thought it was duck tape until I was in my 40s 8{.

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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2011, 10:21:31 AM »
Duct tape was originally used to hold together HVAC ducts...Duck tape is what you use to keep them in a row :-D

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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2011, 10:57:54 AM »
I seriously always thought it was duck tape until I was in my 40s 8{.

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Duct tape was originally used to hold together HVAC ducts...Duck tape is what you use to keep them in a row :-D

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Ziffa - you were right back then. It was Duck Tape long before it was used on Ductwork.
Originally made to seal ammo cans for the military it's a 3 part tape, a water resistant outer coating, an adhesive inner coating, and cotton duck cloth as a reinforcing material. It was this middle layer that gave it it's name.
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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2011, 11:28:15 AM »
I like to use 100 mile per hour tape.

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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2011, 11:30:14 AM »
Only 2 things are needed in your tool box theses days;
A roll of duck tape and a can of WD-40 !

If it moves and it's not supposed too Duck Tape it !

If it don't move and it's supposed too, WD-40 it !

The real history of Duct Tape -
http://www.duckbrand.com/Duck%20Tape%20Club/history-of-duck-tape.aspx

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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2011, 11:34:01 AM »
DuckTape like The Force (Star Wars) - There is a light side and a dark side and it holds the universe together. :D
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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2011, 11:58:18 AM »
/beam  Wow! and here I've been embarrassed for the last few years.

Maybe I'm smarter than I think I am! lol (not likely)

Thanks Vibe! and that's one of  my favorite quotes!

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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2011, 12:03:06 PM »
Yep....ductape. Or is that duct tape? I'm not sure.

I'm sure in Australia it's called something like "Stickykooklawidgitsholdmyskivviesup" tape.  :-D


lol!
But they shorten everything...I think that it is just called "sticky"!  As in "hoand me the stickie, mate, oiv got a leak in moi smokie!".
 :-D

At least I think that that's what my tazzy brother in law would say!

I can't think of a glue that would work...unless....unless you were to patch it with another piece of vinyl, I have a quick set rubber pool for my kids ( a real big bruiser too!) and comes with (and I've used plenty) a vinyl patch and some kind of vinyl glue, I think it allows for some stretching.  Something like that might work.

Other than that, I'd recommend the more temporary solution of duck duct ductape.
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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2011, 12:09:11 PM »
Silicone caulk and gauze first aid tape.

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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2011, 08:23:56 PM »
I seriously always thought it was duck tape until I was in my 40s 8{.

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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2011, 08:27:05 PM »
Last summer or the summer before, I was at the post office picking up queens and the girl behind the counter did not believe that there were bees in there.   So I freaked her out by pulling out my razor knife and opening the package in front of her.   A face I will never forget.   :-D

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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2011, 09:15:14 PM »
We had an Australian exchange student for a year when I was in High School and he'd make up stuff like that to mess with us "Yanks".

Pardon my geographical ignorance, are the floods affecting your area?

Yeah, we aussies like to do that hahah. If you ever visit make sure you watch our for the drop bears! they're nasty little critters...

That's ok - no ignorance at all - the world is a large place - my USA geography is appaling! no, i personally haven't been impacted by the floods. We're in the Souther states - it's the northern states that have been hit hard. We were impacted by the fires in 2007 though

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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2011, 10:06:23 PM »
You guys are a crack up!

AllenF - i had a situation recently where the post office thought that the package was meant for them! she opened it and threw it across the room when she saw what it was! thankfully the Queen survived.

What about tyre (or if you're from the USA it would be tire)patches? that might work! i wouldn't expect there to be any volatiles left over from the glue once it has dried that could potentially get burnt in the smoker

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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2011, 01:06:55 PM »
What about tyre (or if you're from the USA it would be tire)patches? that might work! i wouldn't expect there to be any volatiles left over from the glue once it has dried that could potentially get burnt in the smoker

It might work but I'd think it would be too stiff to be comfortable long term.

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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2011, 05:46:34 PM »
Silicone not the breast pump type :-D Just some reg tube type or caulk will do and some visqueen(Polyethylene film) or heavy Plastic zip lock bag cut a piece a bit larger than what is there now, I'm talking cover the whole area not just the splits/cracks then smear the silicone put the plastic to it.Recover the entire cloth area of your smoker
Let it hang over the wood just trim with razor Blade
Could last for the season,If your Tin is good go rip out some car seat vinyl that stuff is ply-able and would last forever
Wife/GF have a old hand bag(purse)she no longer uses? You could have a nice Prudi covered Bellows
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Re: Quick repair to bellows on smoker
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2011, 12:14:51 AM »
when ever we used it to fix airplanes we called it "speed Tape"

 

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