Hey all I'm taking a brake from my mods to my ECB 2 door vertical.
Before I get too far I just want to thank Dennis of SmokeDaddyinc. We have gone threw hell and back over my Wood Pellet Hopper. Please let me explain that best I can. After a conversation witn Dennis about his hopper and it's warantee I took the plunge. $350 for my sleep seems like a cheap price to pay in the long run. So I ordered it. Then I saw some mods for UDS and Vertical smokers like my ECB 2 door on Dennis's web site. So I called and added the $10 for that. No biggie. I got the brackets from Dennis at SD via USPS last Wednesday and thought that the hopper would be sent the same way by USPS. What is it that we know about assuming things... That's right and I was that a$$.
I received the tracking information via text from USPS on thursday and I thought it was for the hopper. I got it the text when I was on a job the next city over that said your delivery was just made at 2:10 PM. I didn't know it was for the brackets from the day before when I got the text. I was expecting to see a big box on my pourch with the pellet hopper in it. After my Costco run (it's right there) I drove the 30 minutes it takes to get home. There was a package on the door but it wasn't the hopper. It was from Amazon and it was an aerator pump that is like the ones in Dennis's videos for his smoke generators. It was a used one and didn't work right so I was working on getting it sent back. Then it dawned on me that somethning was missing. My Pellet hopper was nowhere to be found.
There is an elementary shcool at the end of my street and a middle school a block over so after school gets out my street is like a parking lott for about an hour. I asked the all my neighbors but they hadn't seen it. I thought that someone that was picking up a kid also picked up my Pellet Hopper. You see I was certain that the tracking was for the pellet hopper and not the brackets because the brackets got here the day before and not that day like the text said !
I freaked out. Yes it was insured and would be covered but I didn't want to go threw that hastle and time to reorder and the suspision that I just wanted two for the price of one. I called Dennis from two timezones away. Pacific VS Central so of course he wasn't in the office. I called USPS but they are on the east coast and three time zones later than Pacific time and they were closed. But they would open at 8:AM which was 5:AM here. So I stayed up till then to call first thing in the morning.
I'm sure that they deal with much worse on the east coast than missing packages but the lady at the USPS could have seemed to care just a bit. Am I saying that she was just a touch jaded? Does the Pope $hit in the woods? Just a scrap of giving a damn would have been fine for me but all I got after my report was " Ya, Okay someone will call you back in a day or two" Well they got back the later that day and they said that the tracking number I gave them was for a package that weighed 1 LB. (Keep in mind that I still havn't been to bet yet.) In my sleep deprived mind it dawned on me that she was talking about the brackets I got two days prior to that.That call was interupted by I believe her name is Dawn that works in the office for Dennis at SmokeDaddyinc. She told me that the hopper was sent via FedEX and I should have it later that day.
The poor FedEX guy didn't know why I was taking pix of him getting out of his truck. He didn't know that back story on my harowing experience with the mail system. He asked why I was taking pix and I said because I'm excited about receiving what's in that box. I think he thought that I was documenting just in case it was dammaged. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I definatly have out classed my ECB 2 door by a factor of 3 with the addition of a Wood Pellet hopper.
I missed it by 2.5 inches of felt. Anyone got some laying arround they want to donate to a good cause? Cause I'm too cheap to spend $20 and change for a couple inches of felt. That's a good cause. At least in my mind it is.
Here's the 4" x 4" x 16" aluminum tube for my smoke generator build. I'm thinking I'm going to need to put it up so I can empty the bottom out. And put a baffel inside the smoker so I don't loose smoke out of the exaust port that's right there behind it. Also I'm going to need a pump that's just stronger than the positive pressure from the fan on the pellet hopper.
More pix to follow and, "The Rest of the story" as Paul Harvy says
Edited by Pork Dork - 3/24/14 at 9:56pm