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    Mounting a Pit Viper fan on a Weber kettle

    Hi all,

    I mounted a pit viper fan on my Weber kettle (22") today. It is really simple, but I thought I'd share some pics here, just in case it helps someone else.


    What you need
    • A drill
    • A step drill bit (I drilled a 28 mm hole).
    • The pit viper adapter (duh...)
    • A metal file (to soften the edges of the newly drilled hole)

    Instructions
    So, it should be mounted below the lower grate, and still not be in the way for the bottom vent 'blades'. I eyeballed it pretty much, but I also held the adapter in place with a finger to make sure I could still turn the bottom vent freely.

    The pictures should illustrate pretty well, otherwise just fire off some questions and I'll see if I can't help and/or clarify.

    The nice thing about the drill bit is you start small, and then keep pushing it in/down until the whole is the size you want. Wear ear protection, drilling in sheet metal like this makes one helluva noice. And protective goggles.

    Also: drill from the inside out, not the other way around. Since the kettle is concave (looking from the inside), it is easier to get the drill to 'bite' or take without wandering off. If drilling from the outside, you're gonna have to create a small dimple with a center punch first. If you have the tools, it only takes seconds, but I'm a lazy guy, and drilling from the inside was quicker

    Here's the 28 mm hole. As you can see it is very close to the bottom vent blades. This is to be able to mount it below the lower grate

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    Here's a closeup. I still haven't polished the sharp edges.

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    Here's what it looks like from the outside (still raw. I placed to the right of the vent grip, figured it was a smart place)

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    Here you can see the inside of the adapter, with the air hole pointing downwards (important). The downward facing air outlet is what provides the clearance, i.e. the bottom vent blade almost goes 'under' the vent adapter.

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    And here's the fan in place. Time to smoke some meat!

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    Some comments

    1. yes, that is a large dent you see in the upper left corner of the last photo. I bought it used off of craigs list.
    2. No, I didn't apply any rust sealant. Still pondering whether I should. Most likely. I think I will do that next weekend.


  • Top | #2
    Very helpful to see what you've done. Looks like you drilled from the inside. I wonder if you started inside then moved to the outside to finish if you would get a cleaner hole? I would also love to see someone who has done this on their 26 before I do mine.

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    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      I drilled from the inside only. I used a file to make the edges smooth. Less than 1 minute's work. It is easier (with a step drill bit) to drill all the way in one direction. If you do half from the inside, then half from the inside, the drill is gonna twist and turn a little as it starts gripping the (not perfectly round) edges. No biggie, but if you're not used to it...

    • Attjack
      Attjack commented
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      I was thinking of drilling a pilot hole then switching to the step bit. Maybe I'll find something to practice on. Maybe I'm being nitpicky about the chipped paint.

    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      Drill a pilot if you will, but since the sheet metal is enameled it won’t chip easily. Practice runs are always good!

  • Top | #3
    Where did you get that Pit Viper fan Henrik ?

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    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      I ordered mine from bbqguru.com, and then I bought the adapter too. Actually, I bought two adapters, one for my Big Green Egg, and one for my kettle. That way I can use the pit viper fan for both grills.

      https://bbqguru.com/storenav?CategoryId=2

  • Top | #4
    Very cool, indeed, Brother!
    While I'm very much lookin forward to how it all works, I jus cain't bring myself to blow no holes in my Webers!
    Happy Smokin!

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    • Top | #5
      Great tutorial! Thanks Henrik. These set ups are really slick.

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      • Henrik
        Henrik commented
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        They sure are!

    • Top | #6
      Happy New Year Henrik! Which bbq guru did you match to the pit viper fan? I have a couple of 22 kettles too.

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      • Henrik
        Henrik commented
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        Happy New Year to you too! I use the FireBoard with my fan. No BBQ Guru products.
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