Handles On A Smoker: What Are They For?

by Joost Nusselder | Last Updated:  June 5, 2022

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You might have wondered this when you saw some on your dad’s old smoker, or maybe you still are. 
Handles on a smoker are there for convenience and safety. 

In this article, I’ll explain why they’re there and how they’re useful. But first, let’s talk about how to use them properly.

What is a bbq smoker handle

The right handle: A Must-Have for BBQ Enthusiasts

If you’re a BBQ enthusiast, then you know that having the right tools and accessories is essential for a successful cookout. The handle (the best in the market right now here) is one of those must-have items that will make your grilling experience even better.

A handle is made from either stainless steel or steel and is usually 5″ long with 1/2″ openings on each end. It also comes with a 1/2″ steel rod, two caps, and a bracket, and has four holes for easy mounting.

Replacing worn-out or rusted spring handles on BBQ smoker pits can be expensive.

You also have steel handles that are welded on.

Handles are essential because they need to be able to carry the weight of the smoker lid. When one is rusted through, it might become a danger when it snaps off and the heavy and hot lid will come down at you.

A coiled stainless steel spring wire will keep your hands cool and safe from the hot surface of your grill or smoker door.


If you’re looking to upgrade your smoker, handles are an essential part of the equation. Not only do they provide a secure grip, but they also add a touch of style to your smoker. Plus, they make it easier to move around and transport. So, don’t be a HANDLE-LESS HERO – make sure you get the right handles for your smoker today! And don’t forget to have a little fun while you’re at it – after all, you’re the one who gets to PULL the strings!

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Lakeside Smokers is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with BBQ Smoking (& Japanese food!) at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.