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    Smoker Project

    Started our new smoker project.

    54" X 8' Main compartment to be mounted on stand.






















    The frame is all tacked up with the base rail welded to the end supports.
    That's about as far as the passport can go for now.

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    Re: Smoker Project

    Now its time to weld up the frame with the 350MP.

    I removed the frame from the drum and set it on the ground so that I would have access to all the joints.










    Now I'm on the to the landing pads for the adjustable legs.














    More Pics to follow.

    Ken

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    Re: Smoker Project

    Nice, taking the "Go big, or go home" thing to heart!

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    Thats no joke!

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    yea thats going to be a nice one

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    dam..just put the whole cow in there....
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    nice
    you a lefthander ?
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    Ha Ha, no i am right handed. Do you ask that based on the direction of the welds or am I missing something else. I push or pull depending on access and visibility, this time I just seemed to pull most of them. Funny thing is, my passport likes to be pushed and doesn't like to sit in the puddle much at all, while the PM350 loves to backhand with its soft buttery arc.

    Ken
    Last edited by KGIOR; 05-23-2012 at 08:07 PM.

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    Re: Smoker Project

    Sorry, I thought you said 54" x 8'. I must be reading something into this.








    Quote Originally Posted by roadkillbobb View Post
    dam..just put the whole cow in there....
    Wait til they go to sleep, then sneak up and tip them over!
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    Finished up the base frame with forklift sleeves and got the drum mounted to it. Laid out the doors and cut them in and then mounted on the hinge.

    My son was there today to help and I had him plasma cut most of the doors, this was the first time that he got to use it much and he sure enjoyed it.

    Included some artistic photos as well hope you like um.







    Me welding on the hinges.


    My son cleaning up the top cut of the doors before we mounted the hinge.




    Me finishing up the hinges.


    My son during final cuts for the doors.


    Thanks for looking,
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    Re: Smoker Project

    EXCELLENT PHOTOGRAPHY!!!

    I love the "landing feet" definitely filing that one away for future references. How are the legs adjustable? I see that you have a telescoping square tube inside, but am confused on how the extended portion is fixed? Through Pin and holes every inch on the inner tubing?

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    Thank you,

    The legs are 2-1/2" perforated tubing nested inside of 3" tube. I have a temporary bolt holding them know for the build process. The pins just showed up today but I probably wont put them in until the end. If you look at the pictures with the drum mounted on the stand about 1-1/2" up from the leg bottom you will see the temp bolt. That's were the pin will live, and we can just pull them out when placing the smoker and the leg will fall out to the level that we want and then replace the pin. The closeup photos of the feet were earlier and the whole in the 3" tube wasn't drilled yet.
    Last edited by KGIOR; 05-25-2012 at 02:25 AM.

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    just put the whole cow in there

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    Whats the drum itself made from? Pipe or rolled sheet?
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    wow, that is big. Great job.
    Thanks for the great pics!
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    Jonboy, The drum is made of 1/4" rolled steel.

    Thanks kaos.

    Got the counter balance's mounted up today. Hopefully I will start the shelves tomorrow and I will post up some more pics then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KGIOR View Post
    Jonboy, The drum is made of 1/4" rolled steel.

    Thanks kaos.

    Got the counter balance's mounted up today. Hopefully I will start the shelves tomorrow and I will post up some more pics then.
    Where will the firebox be mounted? If you mount it on one side you need to create some internal flue system for distributing the hot gases evenly underneath the food. . otherwise what happens is the hot gas pours up one side, then forms a pool in the top of the unit. you end up with a small hot spot on that side of the cooker and don't get good convection. That tends to be a problem with with cheap offset-style grills you'll find at hardware stores.

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    Was that plate rolled local to you or was it ordered in? Nice job would like to come up and see that in person, also like the landing feet nice job on those.

    Ron

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    Josh: Yes the firebox will be at one end with the stacks at the other. I have a couple ideas for distributing the heat more evenly if I can get them worked out before it goes otherwise I will have to adjust after this season.

    Ron: I had it rolled to size at Pattons Steel in Ontario. More then welcome to come see it if your are in the area. It has to be completed next week and then will be gone for most of the summer then will be back after that.

    Ken

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    I might not make it in that time frame, I will probably make to pattons myself onTuesday but wont have the time to make it the rest of the way, I'll hold my breath till the end of summer. I know the San Bernardino store for Patton rolled but didnt think Ontario did, and meant to ask when I was there Thursday and didnt oh well. Thanks for the info.

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    Nice smoker! Pardon me, but where is your guard for that angle grinder, thats how my boss knocked his two front teeth out, his grinder kicked back and boom no tops anymore. And I have had a grinder kick and hit me in the stomach, no guard and nice little scar about 3 inches long and 1/4" deep.

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    Ron, the rolling is new at Ontario. They rearranged the yard several months back and added the rolling section at the far end, away from the office.

    Thanks Malitia, That's actually a cutting wheel which I am always concerned about coming apart. I can never seem to get grinders into the places that I need with the guards on, I no it's not ideal but I actually use low power grinder for that reason.
    Last edited by KGIOR; 05-27-2012 at 02:34 AM.

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    Re: Smoker Project

    The first thing I thought of when I saw your smoker... a rotisserie smoker!

    If you dont have definite plans yet, look up "reverse flow smoker" plans. The design has several advantages that are worth considering for this large of a smoker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KGIOR View Post
    Ron, the rolling is new at Ontario. They rearranged the yard several months back and added the rolling section at the far end, away from the office.

    Thanks Malitia, That's actually a cutting wheel which I am always concerned about coming apart. I can never seem to get grinders into the places that I need with the guards on, I no it's not ideal but I actually use low power grinder for that reason.

    The cutting disc are worse lol, they explode from time to time, thinner is worse. Ever seen air sanding disc explode, I will be in at work tomorrow, I will take pics of the sanding disc that is still emmbedded into the ceiling, which is sheeted with half inch plywood, safety safety, trust me, I have had enough close calls, I should be dead!

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    Progress so far.





















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