I have been real busy at work, which is getting in the way of getting the HOS back into shape.
Many moons ago, around 12 - 13 years in fact, I made the original firebox into a log burner and gave it away to a friend. This turns out to have been a huge mistake, and despite a good number of different modifications, it never performed as I wanted it to.
I gave away the bit that was most important, but didn't know it at the time.
So, the other weekend, my friend said I could have it back, it was really rusted up, and the hinges had either seized, or broken.
As soon as it got into the backyard, it came to bits, nothing a nine inch angle grinder and cutting disc can't sort out.
Over the few nights I have been able to, I have got off all the old hinges, cleaned it up, and refitted new ones.
Then came the rebuild and final clean up with a whopping big rotary wire brush on the grinder. I'll bet that pleased the neighbours, that and the clouds of red dust floating around.
But it finally came together, got painted, (Plasticote BBQ Paint) and put back where it rightly belongs. I then heat cured the paint as per instructions with a gas burner wedged into the fire box air hole.
The base frame needs a clean up, and the old air slides underneath need coming off, as they are now redundant. But a bit more work and it should be as it should have been in the first place. But, if you don't know, you make mistakes, and if you didn't make mistakes, you wouldn't get experience.
I still have the UDS to be going on with until this is up and working, and there is some Belly Pork and a small Brisket for tomorrow.
You have to have some perk's eh! I'll let you know how it goes, I need to get hold of some decent sized bit's of hard wood, Oak, Beech etc, then I can fire it up and see how it performs.
Any comments or barracking welcome.