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post #141 of 147
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Originally Posted by Morning Wood View Post

 

I wish I could help out with the anti-spatter comments but I have never heard of anyone using it to prevent rust.  I would go with RibWizard and blast it prior to painting or maybe use a sanding disc (or 2) on a grinder.

 

only way to prevent rust is to keep the smoker out of the rain/snow. ;)

 

slightly off topic...  great nickname, MW!  it's also the name of my buddy's hockey team haha.

post #142 of 147
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Originally Posted by RadioGuy View Post
 

Jeep,

 

So far so good.  IMO --You want to reconsider the use of galvanized pipe.  It gives off nasties when heated.  It don't weld too well either. 

 

Looking forward to your build.

 

RG

Agreed on the galvanized, as well as the fact that welding two dissimilar metals doesn't work out.  You want to look for regular mild steel if it's not structural(chimney).  Chrome moly if it's going to support serious weight or take any torsional abuse.

post #143 of 147
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Originally Posted by Jimmy Jam View Post
 

Agreed on the galvanized, as well as the fact that welding two dissimilar metals doesn't work out.  You want to look for regular mild steel if it's not structural(chimney).  Chrome moly if it's going to support serious weight or take any torsional abuse.


I don't want to be argumentative however; galvanized metals are not dissimilar to mild steel.  Galvanized is merely a coating and can be removed at the weld zone fairly easily.  In fact welding chrome moly to mild steel will require significantly more precautions, such as filler metal compatibility and possibly some sort of post heat requirements.

 

With that said I would avoid the uses of any galvanized material in my build for the same reason RadioGuy stated, "It gives off nasties when heated".

post #144 of 147
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I convinced myself not to worry about it with the following logic:  The only zinc coating that remains 'in the smoker' is in the part of the stack that wasn't removed for welding.  The stack won't get hot enough to off-gas zinc and even if the zinc were volatilized, it'd go right out the stack.  No symptoms of metal fume fever yet...

post #145 of 147
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Originally Posted by slowJEEP View Post

I convinced myself not to worry about it with the following logic:  The only zinc coating that remains 'in the smoker' is in the part of the stack that wasn't removed for welding.  The stack won't get hot enough to off-gas zinc and even if the zinc were volatilized, it'd go right out the stack.  No symptoms of metal fume fever yet...

Sounds logical.
post #146 of 147

your intake air on the door should be at the lowest position as possible.

it makes it easer to control your temp.

post #147 of 147
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Before - 6 lb butt from Publix w/ mustard and Butt Rub after an overnight brine.

 

After - Smoked it for an hour and a half w/ pecan then wrapped it in AL foil and put it in the oven for about 10 hrs at 195.  I pulled it out and let rest when the internal temp got to about 185.  I'm still tweaking the texture and might shoot for 180 on the next one.  I stopped at 165 on the one prior and it was hard to pull apart.

 

 

Bad picture of the new legs for the smoker.  

 

I'm still getting used to the smoker.  I think the RF plate should have been flat and the bottle neck at the end opposite of the firebox really hinders flow.  It seems to take a long time to get up to temperature even if I have a massive blaze in the firebox.  That said, it works and I'm going to smoke another butt tomorrow.  

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