60 gallon reverse flow

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by socalcooker, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. socalcooker

    socalcooker Meat Mopper

    Finally got some time to work on my smoker. Built the firebox today. Its kinda mismatched 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 inch plate some diamond plate. But hey free is free, I'm not gonna be picky when its free. Its all welded out next is the door and vents still havent decided if i want to do an ash drawer or not.

    Kyle
     
  2. Looks like a good start. Good luck with it. Will be following your build Thumbs Up

    Bazza
     
  3. socalcooker

    socalcooker Meat Mopper

    Got the front of the FB framed in. Ready to start on the door. I'm going to do more of an airtight wood stove style door. There will be a channel on the door for the rope seal, and I'm going to use flat stock to frame the opening I just did. But turn it on edge so it's 90 degrees from the face. Thats what the rope will seal against. Hopefully that makes sense.

    Kyle
     
  4. socalcooker

    socalcooker Meat Mopper

    Got one of the intake vents done and tacked on with a temporary handle. It sags when its open all the way but I shouldn't have to have it all the way open when I'm smoking.

    Kyle
     
  5. socalcooker

    socalcooker Meat Mopper

    Got the door almost done. Still have to make the channel inside for the gasket. I'm going to order that friday, when i get it I'll do the hinges.
     
  6. socalcooker

    socalcooker Meat Mopper

    Just picked this up at the local hardware store. Should have the door done by friday now.
     
  7. socalcooker

    socalcooker Meat Mopper

    Got the gasket in and hinges welded on. Then the fatal flaw. I welded the hinges in place and the pipe shrunk on the pin and they wont move. I broke the welds this morning, tonight I'm going to try and get the pipe off the pins, if I can get them off I'll bore them out and weld them without the door on. Or I'll scrap that design and start over.
    Kyle

     
  8. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Done the same thing on mine, put on the hinges then did the burn out...BIG mistake
     
  9. socalcooker

    socalcooker Meat Mopper

    I know better than to weld on something like that while the pin is in it. But I got ahead of myself, hopefully I can get them off the pin. I'll tig weld them when I put them back on, a lot less shrinkage from the tig compared to mig.

    Kyle
     
  10. socalcooker

    socalcooker Meat Mopper

    Well that was a PITA. Saved one hinge made another and they just wouldn't work. Then I found whatever these things are and they worked perfect. Tightened up just a hair when I welded them but not enough to hurt anything. Next is a latch, one more lower vent, and finally the upper vent. Then I can finally start cutting my tank.


    Kyle
     
  11. socalcooker

    socalcooker Meat Mopper

    Finished the other lower vent, made a latch for the door, and put in the angle and the grate for the fire. Aside from finish welding and cleanup the firebox is done. Oh and the upper vent which I'm still not sure what size I'm going to make that one. Sometime this week I should be cutting my tank.

    Kyle


     
  12. socalcooker

    socalcooker Meat Mopper

    Anyone ever use shaker screen for their grates. I don't care for expanded metal. I've got a big peice of shaker screen with approximately 2 inch square holes and it's all 3/8 rod. I've used it on a Santa Maria grill before. Just wondering how it would work out in a smoker. Maybe to heavy? Any thoughts? I can post pics if anyone's interested.

    Kyle
     
  13. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    looking good so far.. on the screen for grates.... I used stainless screen for mine.. they are 1" square... thinking your 2" will be to big... If you can get 1" you will like it a lot better...
     
  14. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    For my grates I used porcelain coated., holding up GRATE[​IMG]

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    I used rebar for my fire grate

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  15. socalcooker

    socalcooker Meat Mopper

    Where did you get the porcelain coated grates? What size do they come in. My cook chamber is 20" diameter. I haven't layed out the CC door yet to see how wide the grates will need to be.

    Kyle
     
  16. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You'll have to shop around my links on my build blog are dead. 4 of these (comes in 2 pack) fit perfect on my 20" round, just make sure to allow for thickness of the angle iron and expansion so they can slide and be removed.I think they are Charbroil replacement grates?

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    These are close and will give yo 60" wide but are too pricey.

    These would be perfect but again a bit pricey!

    Shop around and although pricey, there is almost 0 cleanup, I just hit with a stainless scrubby and am good to go.
     
  17. socalcooker

    socalcooker Meat Mopper

    I'll check them out home depot and crap mart usually have replacement grates. I intended on fabricating my own, but I like the look of those. So far all I've bought for this project is the rope gasket for the FB. Thank God my dad was a pack rat I've got steel for days. And I don't throw steel away until it's literally to small to use.

    Kyle
     
  18. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Keep an eye out in the trash too, you would be surprised how many folks toss out gas grills with all the parts.
     
  19. socalcooker

    socalcooker Meat Mopper

    I see them at the dump all the time. But the guy watches the scrap pile like a hawk, which is a good thing or I'd be bringing home all kinds of crap. I've seen whole air compressors there it kills me.

    Kyle
     
  20. socalcooker

    socalcooker Meat Mopper

    Anyone ever use one of these? I was thinking about using it for my upper vent. Just not sure it would supply enough air or if it would be to small.

    Kyle

     

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