I'm BACK! Sorry for not keeping you guys up to date. I took a long break from working on the smoker. During my time off I had it at home and fired it up on two occasions. I quickly realized that it was not operating at its best. Sealing it up and getting the reverse flow pan will hopefully eliminate the drastic swings I saw in temp. I also realized that the latch of the firebox is not going to work. Its a total pain to latch/unlatch so that will probably require some sort of custom latch. I was thinking something beefier like the latch on an old coal stove.
So I finally got the smoker back to the shop last Saturday and got the door trim attached yesterday. The only issue I ran into during this process was that the bottom of the door warped out about a quarter inch. I'm farelly confident that it was caused by the side pieces wanting to retain their original form after they were bent which wants to pull the door flat with them. I'm assuming two clamps will take care of this.
I also started on the auxillary grill which will mount on the opposite side of the trailer. I utilized the extra 100 gal vertical tank we picked up for $10. It will probably initially run off of charcoal but I would like to fabricate some burners out of black pipe and run it on propane. The grill will be a pretty simple design. Any suggestions or advice on the design would be helpful.
My highest priority now and most daunting task is the reverse flow pan. I have the pieces figured out but I dont have the material. I guess I'll finally have to go buy some materials. I'll also need to buy some sheets of mesh for the shelving grates. any suggestions on what to use. I was thinking the standard diamond trailer mesh.
Thanks for checking in despite my failure to keep you guys updated!