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Another 250 gallon RF Build Thread (My first build) - Page 2
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This recent one I'm doing, ..Ive already cut open, sandblasted the inside, welded in reverse flow plate, etc, and it stills smells like propane. Probably will until I sandblast the whole thing, paint it and burn it for a while. So dont let that smell bother you too much.
Check the bottom and see how bad the rust is, You dont want a lot of pitting at the top of the smoker where everyone can see it.
If it clean and not pitted too bad, put the holes to the bottom. You can make use of the holes like I did here!
Dont grind that seam off though, just put it to the back.
Here is some time saving advise:
If you do decide to use the bottom as the top, use the feet that are on it now to level everything and first cut should be your firebox opening, mount the firebox on while it is still upside down, getting it level and square, and weld it in solid.
When you flip it over, now you have the level top of the firebox to measure off of as a reference. And there is no need to flip it over anymore.
Its much easier that way.
You need to sit down and work the pit calculator to get all the correct measurements, but it should "look" like about 1/3 the height of the cook chamber. And right outside the weld seam. I cut mine with a cut off wheel instead of the plasma, helped me keep a straight line on that rounded end. Only took about 20 minutes or so.