I'm On Fire wrote: I'm going to have to go pickup a few rods of 1/4 tomorrow. I currently use a 3/8 poker that I made for the Chubby but it's short and the bend on it isn't that long. I usually have to go through the hopper to get at the back grate in the DS. Those are pretty nice. Did you make them up yourself?
For the Harmans, the shorter bend one makes it really easy to get to the clogs in front
from the ash pan door.
The taller one, obviously works easy from the top.
TBH, the shorter one gets the most use, as it does a better job from the bottom...
Yes I did make them.
To get a nice tight bend, you really need a torch, then the rod bends like playdough...
The hardware store rod material, like these, is mild steel, and even a propane torch will get it
to glow red... MAPP is better, it just takes a tad longer than a welding torch.
Without the heat, it's just tough to get a crisp bend..
And yes... use round UNthreaded rod if possible....