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post #181 of 196
Amazing build!

I am gathering the mats for a build of my own. I was looking at the paint you used. How is it holding up? Fire box and the orange are what have me the most curious.

Again great job and thank you for all of your details. I will be " borrowing" some ideas....... biggrin.gif
post #182 of 196
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Thank you. The Orange paint has actually started fading as it sits in direct sunlight all the time. I haven't had a chance to try yet but I think a little polishing compound should bring it back to life. I've moved it just under the edge of the roof over my back patio to help protect it. Long range I will extend the roof out over the spot where I want to keep the smoker. The paint on the firebox is holding up very well. Thanks again!

post #183 of 196

Love the table; I may have to steal that idea.  I'm even more intrigued with your RF plate, though.  I'm doing a small-ish (24" dia x 55" long) smoker, and I've been avoiding the idea of the drip channel because I really don't want to cut up my 3/8" plate, especially not to weld in a skinny little piece of angle.  Your bent plate, though...I love it.  How's it working out?  How did you figure pre-bending dimensions?  How deep did you groove behind the bends, and how wide was the kerf?  I'm toying with scoring on top instead of on the bottom, then welding it back up to keep the shape.

 

What do you figure the weight to be?  With the material I'm using for mine (all 3/8" plate), and a double-walled firebox, I'm expecting it to come in at about 1500 lb.  I can't imagine yours is any less than that, given that you're using 1/2" plate, even without the double-walled firebox.

post #184 of 196
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Originally Posted by OkieDave View Post

Love the table; I may have to steal that idea.  I'm even more intrigued with your RF plate, though.  I'm doing a small-ish (24" dia x 55" long) smoker, and I've been avoiding the idea of the drip channel because I really don't want to cut up my 3/8" plate, especially not to weld in a skinny little piece of angle.  Your bent plate, though...I love it.  How's it working out?  How did you figure pre-bending dimensions?  How deep did you groove behind the bends, and how wide was the kerf?  I'm toying with scoring on top instead of on the bottom, then welding it back up to keep the shape.

 

What do you figure the weight to be?  With the material I'm using for mine (all 3/8" plate), and a double-walled firebox, I'm expecting it to come in at about 1500 lb.  I can't imagine yours is any less than that, given that you're using 1/2" plate, even without the double-walled firebox.

It works great! I didn't like the idea of welding a piece of angle down the center either. This way no matter where something drips, it takes the most direct path to the drain. Basically I cut the plate to fit the inside dimension of the tank at the level I wanted the highest end. I made the bends over a one and a quarter O.D. tube. So when upside down on my table, what would be the high end sat down flush on the table. The other end looked like a tent with the center 1.25" off the table. Of coarse this made the bent end slightly narrower. Well the inside dimension of the tank got narrower at about the same rate at this level. It worked great. The low end of my plate is 1.5" lower than the high end. The groove I cut to help keep my bends where I wanted them is roughly half way through.

 

I figured weight assuming a 12" by 12" by .25" piece of steel weighing 10 pounds. Before I built the trailer I think I was around 1700 to 1800 pounds. I need to pull it across a scale.

post #185 of 196

I was looking to stop the leakage of smoke and heat from the cooking chamber lid. Tomorrow I'll try to locate some of the silicone gasket maker. I would guess almost all auto supply stores would care the product? How do you think the silicone would do on the fire chamber lid?

 

If not the silicone maker what would you recommend?

 

Thanks for the pics and you've a great looking pit!

post #186 of 196
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Thank you Parman. Yes, any auto parts store should carry the Permatex. If you feel you need to seal the firebox door I would suggest a stove rope gasket.

 

Check this out this link,

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=pd_sl_zt53g7cjq_b?rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Astove+rope+gasket&keywords=stove+rope+gasket&ie=UTF8&psrk=stove+gasket+rope 

 

Honestly though, I don't see it necessary to do so. Once you've got your fire going a well designed smoker should draft toward the cook chamber. Meaning that any small cracks would act as a fresh air inlet and be small enough to still be controllable by the air inlet dampeners. 

post #187 of 196

Wow!  Like the others have already said, you have some serious skills and have done an amazing job.  Well done, sir!  

 

I've been through all the materials and labor and calculated the cost of this smoker....PRICELESS!

 

Griff

post #188 of 196

Bubbonehead - I read thru all your build and am really impressed.  You are a skilled craftsman.  I especially like the weed torch you installed for a fire starter.  I am planning on a smoker that will be stationary and have a natural gas line next to where it will sit.  Does the same weed torch work with natural gas or are there modifications that need to be made?
 

post #189 of 196
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I'm not sure. I know that a gas stove needs a different orifice when switching between natural gas and propane. But something like this isn't nearly as critical and may work just fine. Maybe someone else on here will chime in with a more knowledgeable answer.

post #190 of 196
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Originally Posted by Circuit Smoker View Post

Bubbonehead - I read thru all your build and am really impressed.  You are a skilled craftsman.  I especially like the weed torch you installed for a fire starter.  I am planning on a smoker that will be stationary and have a natural gas line next to where it will sit.  Does the same weed torch work with natural gas or are there modifications that need to be made?
 

They use different orifices.... The gas / air mixture will not be correct.....   The line pressure is not the same.....   

 

Dave

post #191 of 196
Thread Starter 

I had a feeling Dave would have the answer to that question. A true wealth of knowledge. Thank you sir.

post #192 of 196


edit to embeded link.... DaveOmak...
Not sure if the link worked or not. Trying to do this on a tablet.

The link is for a YouTube Channel for The Grill Father. He has a video on how to convert the LP and Natural Gas systems. They also sell conversion kits on their web site.

Not sure if they are the cheapest, but it is a start.
post #193 of 196
Thank you sooooo much for the play-by-play of the build!! It looks AMAZING!! I can't wait to tackle something like this myself!!
post #194 of 196
Great looking smoker!! Is there any way you could get some better pics of the latch on the firebox? I have been looking for a good way to hold mine closed. It's the last part I need to finish. Thanks!!

Scott
post #195 of 196
That is a nice looking smoker very nice
post #196 of 196
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Please ignore the rust. If I remember correctly this came off a bar clamp.

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