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RF Smoker Planning (and the Build) - Page 4
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Rasimmo, I think the size would work out fine. I think that it would work best if it comes off the cook chamber at about a 45 degree angle and then steps up again to the vertical. Not just straight out at 90 degrees and turn straight up. Are you using a round pipe for exhaust? If so you may want the plenum a little bigger to make the transition from square to round easier. Coming out on the end instead of straight up will give you extra space in your cook chamber which I know is important to you. It also will make the pipe more pronounced and call attention to it so the detail will be important to the look. Just my .02 worth. Joe
I finished welding the RF plate yesterday and put the stack on. I still have to finish boxing the bottom of it in to make the plenum. I know this is a little backwards, but it's the easiest way to do it with my idea for the plenum. We will have to see how that works out. I took some pics, but they are on my phone and I have no way of getting them on the computer at work. USB ports are blocked from using external devices. I don't have any cell service out here to email them to myself either. I will post them when I get home.
I plan on finishing the plenum, installing the cooking grates and building the FB door next week. I should be able to get that done and build a fire in this thing. I am ready to see smoke coming out of it.
Yesterday's project was finishing up the tree I started cutting up a couple months ago and loading it up. I should be able to fuel this thing for a little while with this oak. I have some pecan and cherry I have to go haul too.
I am going to cut the bottom somewhere close to the chalk line and box it into theCC. I have some help coming tomorrow to get this thing where it is usable. I plan on cooking a small pig Sunday. I will post more soon.
Cut it out like this.
Filled in the sides and bottom. I am happy with the way it turned out.
I still plan to have it ready to cook and building a fire in it tomorrow afternoon. I sure hope that happens.
I piled it full of wood just before I went to bed to try and burn out good. I have to finish welding the expanded metal to the grate frames and put in some anti-tip pieces. Then I'll fire it up and season it.
Edited by rasimmo - 4/20/13 at 5:50am
It wound up being bigger than I was told. It weighed 50 lbs yesterday morning.
I got the smoker seasoned yesterday and ready to go.
Smoker leveled out at 225 and pig on at 7.
I still have a ton of work to do on this build, but I can't wait any longer. I have to see how it cooks. I hope it works like I planned. I have 25 people to feed this afternoon. I'll try to keep their paws off of it long enough to take some pics.
Door handle and thermos done.
FB door and hinges done. This handle is temporary.
All this needs some cleaning up, but it works.
I didn't think about taking a pic until I had cut both halves up and put it in this pan, sorry. The slide out grate really makes that task simple though.
My bottom intake did not move very smooth. That C clamp was binding it. I made a different design using another old C clamp. It works smooth now.
I worked on the wood box. It needs a little more work, but I ran out of time.
I did not like having to squat down and reach under the smoker to work the air intake. I came up with a way to adjust it without all that with a gearbox and PTO shaft off of an old finish mower. I still need a wheel for the input shaft, but this works.
Stands made for both pots. Left 6 gal, right 10 gal
I need to finish the handle on the stack cover. I will try to get the new axle and hitch done this week and do a road test. Hopefully it won't fall apart.