DCS Radiant Rod Trays Re-Install When Mounting Pins Break

inner front firewall of DCS bbq grill shows pins drooping because welds have broken

inner front firewall of DCS bbq grill shows pins drooping because welds have broken. Radiant rod trays will not be held in place with damaged, drooping pins.

Since Dynamic Cooking Systems barbecue grill models started using radiant rod trays for heat conduction, about two decades have passed.   Although this particular problem has not become an epidemic in these BG and BGA and BGB models it is a problem that will become more common as time passes because these barbecues — back then when they were actually manufactured by DCS — were fabricated with the best materials available and manufactured to live up to a lifetime warranty.

The radiant rod trays in the DCS gas grill is supported by two pins welded in the front and back of the barbecue fire box so the radiant cannot fall into the burner and remains level below the cooking grates.  Eventually we are going to have to deal with these pins breaking their welds from oxidation.

In the image shown here the pins have broken the welds inside the control panel so they’re drooping down and are unable to support the radiant rod trays…or anything else.

pins in firewall make a shelf for radiant rod tray to mount in grill

Pins in firewall make a shelf for radiant rod tray support below the grate.

Inside the control panel we can see the radiant support pin design which has a pounded stainless base made larger for welding through the firewall.

radiant support pins can be removed because of design welded through firewall.

The radiant support pins can be removed because of the design welded through the firewall which includes a bulbous support to make the spot welding job easier — but less effective.

Sometimes it is necessary to smack the pin with a hammer to get them the rest of the was disconnected from the firewall but if it is possible at all, try not to tear the stainless steel of the firewall.   We need the hole to be through the firewall but the smaller the hole ends of being, the better the new support pins will adhere to the stainless steel.

remove dcs bbq grill support pins and replace with support bolts

With the DCS radiant rod tray supports gone we’ll use bolts with multiple nuts and washers to clamp the bolts to the firewall as a new support.

In this image the radiant support pins have been removed and we can see the right side hole is a lot smaller than the left side hole through the grill firewall.   The firewall has the inside of the barbecue grill on one side and the control panel area on the other side with the ignition parts, control valves, gas manifold pipe, etc.   This firewall separates the controls from the inside if the gas grilling area.

We will need to have the control panel removed to replace the radiant rod tray support pins.  To add supports we will need a stainless steel bolt about two inches long and at least two nuts with two washers.   Nowadays it is not easy to buy all solid stainless steel nuts bolts and washers but try.  Most parts today are galvanized or coated steel and this kind of material will crack the sealant and rust  when the material expands and contracts from heating and cooling.

With the new nuts and bolts support the DCS rod tray has the extended bolt for support.

With the new nuts and bolts support the DCS rod tray has the extended bolt for support.

With at least two nuts and two washers on the bolt we will mount the bolt with one washer and nut on either side of the firewall so the bolt is tightly held attached level on the firewall while the washers are tightly holding onto the stainless steel firewall.    This way the bolt is solidly mounted and sticking out inside the grilling area.

 

 

 

 

Once the multiple nuts clamp tightly to the firewall the bolt can support the weight of the radiant rod tray.

Once the multiple nuts clamp tightly to the firewall the bolt can support the weight of the radiant rod tray.

 

New bolt supports are easy to make last a long time and easy to replace if using cheaper bolts

New bolt supports are easy to make last a long time and easy to replace if using cheaper bolts

 

 

 

 

 

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