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My New Braunfels project

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Well these are pictures of what I am starting with, poor thing lol. Thinking about removing the fire box and patching the hole in the smoke chamber then moving the fire box to the other side and mounting it lower with the appropriate size hole from fire box to cooking chamber. Installing new exhaust pipe and of coarse a RF plate. The list goes on as you can understand by looking at the pictures.

 

hope the pics work.....

 

Still in the planing stage so open to suggestions.

 

 

Thanks,

James

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post #2 of 10

Rust on there doesnt look too bad.

 

Get an angle grinder, knotted wire wheel, and a dust mask.

 

Also high temp paint.

 

I have one of those and theyre built pretty solid.

 

Good smoker.

post #3 of 10

I have had one just like yours for nearly 14 years and love it,we have just outgrown it.every couple of years I have to strip and repaint.this time I am going to have to replace the legs.they have rotted out under the plastic caps.I have moved my exhaust to the side at grate level.thinking about converting to grill only and removing the fire box.good luck with yours 

post #4 of 10

Well I can't help you with the mods as I'm not very handy, but if I was that would be my kinda project.

 

Good Luck & keep us in the loop!

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Not much but did get a little of it tore apart and been working on cleaning it up so it will be easier to weld.

 

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post #6 of 10

Looks like you are on your way. I reduced the firebox to cook chamber opening by 50% and cooked 2 fatties with perfect temps this past Wednesday. It cooked for 4 hours on 8lbs of lump. Yours is looking real good.

post #7 of 10

nice lookin start.........you might want to look at new stainless fasteners. i restored a barb-b-chef made by NB/OKJ that is pretty much the same......no mods just restored.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forum/thread/86049/bar-b-chef-restore

post #8 of 10

Did you get it finished?

How does it do?

Lee

post #9 of 10

I am new to smoking and just picked up a used smoker just like this one on CL. I will be interested in how your conversion turns out.

 

 

Rather than moving the fire box, would it not be easier to move the smoke stack for the conversion to reverse flow?

I admit I do not know anything about reverse flow but I will be checking it out

post #10 of 10

 

Looks like your on your way,keep up the good Work!!!icon_biggrin.gif
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