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The smoke was from sparkes i made opening the doors
post #22 of 81
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well so far i have burned it out power washed it out i then welded flanges around the doors will post pics later i also welded some extra supports front and back dad came over to help with the shelving supports will get the channels for the racks put on tomarrow if we dont get blown away today if i put a rf plate in it how much space should there be from the bottom rack to the rf plate i would put the plate in tomarrow but my order hasnt came in will have to slide it in later
post #23 of 81
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well i got all the supports for the shelves and the channels in for the racks might add a few more later down the road for more options
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You have some new and unique ideas that are cool....  getting closer.....   Dave

post #32 of 81
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hope that my welds work i had never welded befor this i had them looked at by dad and a friend that welds and they both thought they would hold i hope so thought i would post a pick of the average bead i have been running to see what the true welders thought i really hope im building this smoker right dad and i do things differantly but he hasnt said to much i think because hes just happy to be part of my build the only thing i had problem with was getting him on board with my firebox size at 24wx30tx30L he thinks way to big but i tell him it what the calculator calls for
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Dave as a man in the know am i going about this the right way or bassackward
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When dad sees how nice the temps hold and how little tending there is to the fire, you'll  see a smile develop....you'll know he approves of your design...

As far as the welds go, look at the back of the piece of metal and see if the heat penetrated....   The weld in post #30 looks like it could use more heat.....  the bead didn't flow too well into the metal.... kind of piled up in the middle... 

post #35 of 81
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thanks Dave i had been looking where i could most of the time its glowing on the other side but not always so i grind and try again i wiil deff look a lot harder from now on i tried turning my welder up and burn through like i said very green at welding glad i let a experancd welder weld the legs and tank supports to the trailer i was to worried of something bad happing going down the road
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i forgot to ask i have been holding the tip about 1/2" away is that why i may not be getting enough heat
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It looks like you are using flux core....  the tip in the gun, on my MIG, protrudes about 1/8-3/16" past the end of the nozzle...  I run CV (Constant Voltage)  DC-, generally about 20 volts using 0.030 wire..... wire speed,  when you hear a pleasant buzzing sound, you are very close...  


Do you have a knob to turn up the voltage/amperage ??  1/2-1 volt or 5 amps should do fine....  depends on if you are running CC or CV..


Not knowing what machine and wire and gas and voltage/current is making this difficult to trouble shoot....   Dave

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hobart yes it flux core was using .035 ran out and the store up town had .030 the volt settingd got 1 2 3 4 then the wire speeds 10 20 30 40 50 ect i have it set on 3v 30 wire speed was trying to go by the chart on the welder i am sure my lack of welding know how is a lot of it but i have noticed a differnt sound on what i thought was a better looking weld but not sure what i did differantly angle, distance, direction i think the welder is a hobart 145
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If you changed wire size, the feed roller may or may not be gripping the wire for a smooth feed.... there should be an adjustment by the wire roll for the feed roller to grip the wire correctly....  also, the brass tip on the gun is sized for wire size.... that brass tip is what conducts the electricity to the wire or in DC- makes contact with the ground to complete the circuit.....

Looking at the welders, is this yours ??   





Handler® 125 EZ

Unique Single-Knob Control

The Handler 125 EZ has Hobart’s unique Single-Knob Control making it the quickest and easiest wire welder to set up and use. Just plug it into 115 VAC, select the mild steel thickness with the Single Knob Control and you are ready to weld.

The Handler 125 EZ comes ready to weld 18 gauge–3/16 in mild steel with .030 in (0.8 mm) self-shielding flux-cored wire so no shielding gas bottle is required.

Also designed to use .035 in (0.9 mm) flux cored wire with a .035 in (0.9 mm) contact tip.

  • Operator only needs to adjust a single knob for the thickness of mild steel to be welded and he's ready to weld. One knob adjusts both the volts and wire feed speed.
  • Max output of 125 amps allows you to weld 18 gauge up to 3/16 inch steel with flux cored wire
  • Built-in contactor eases use and is an excellent safety feature which makes wire electrically "cold" until trigger is pulled
  • Durable feed head with quick-release drive roll tension lever provides positive feed with adjustable tension plus easy accessibility to thread new wire
  • Short circuit protection protects unit against current overload
  • Self-resetting thermal overload protects power transformer to ensure reliability
  • Self-resetting motor protection protects wire feed system from overload, no fuses to change or circuit breaker buttons to reset


post #40 of 81
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i forgot to mention that dad can weld but he is a stick welder but he has usef mig tig befor he said his only problem now is that he cant see like he used to and when he welds now its by feel i would have liked to let him do more welding but he has been on a road trip to washington area to see some places he used to log at when he came back from veitnam and i was itching to get more done
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