well finally my smoker was put to the test and it passed with flying colors....... I am what you call a happy little kid with a new bike..... I finished the smoke stack damper and fired it up.... added a chimney of charcoal and threw on some dry oak my neighbor had and seasoned the smoker. Sprayed the grates and chamber with some off brand Pam and she was rolling easily at 250 to 275 with little effort. Threw on some boneless pork chops and these pork rib eye chops.. what ever they are.... they were cheap and looked good.. Oak is not a favorite wood of mine to smoke with but it came out good.
I decided to go with a tear drop top. Nothing like using left over scrap. here's the cut out from the firebox. it measured perfect to use it....
laid out the pattern
I am not a good cutter with a torch but this came out pretty good for a change
Welded a 3/8 inch bolt to the inside of the pipe and located the hole for the damper. Installed damper with a washer and lock nut and added a rod to reach the dang thing...
added the oak and started to see TBS
sitting at 250
seasoned the smoker.. the racks got some smoke color
not a great picture but they were taking on some good color
right before they came out
Plated with some broccoli and shoe peg corn.....
She's ready to hit the road next week and make the NC gathering...... I planned to have it ready to smoke for the gathering and I made it..... whew..... As I wipe the sweat off my brow...lol
Next up will be the shelves on each side and the fenders but I'm taking a break for a while.....
Again, Thanks for looking and happy smoking