Is it possible to make a frame from box section without any welds, only nuts and bolts?
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A bolted box section frame is totally do-able.
In some ways, bolting makes it easier to align things, since you are able to loosen joints and readjust things which you can not do with a welded assembly.
There are all kinds of commercial racks, tables, benches, carts, etc. that are bolted as standard operating procedure.
Most of these carry much greater loads than a smoker frame.
Consider using Unistrut for the rack mount rails. Or the rest of the frame for that matter. It will allow you to adjust the rack spacing whenever you want. Just make sure to find plain (PL) or stainless unistrut, and avoid the galvanized.
That's a sweet idea! Thank you. I'll keep a look out for sure. Don't suppose anyone knows what it is called in Spanish???
Sometimes, everyone is a comic!!!!
It is called Canel unistrut or unicanal.
Now we can sleep well know what it is called!! (English humor!)
Here is a pic of the door frame. The 17" at the bottom is roughly the heat source (gas burner) level.
The 17" at the very top is the line with I will hang from.
The second 17" from top is the highest rack level.
Where abouts should I drill the holes for the air flow?
I plan on having a slide to open and close.
If you are making a reverse flow cabinet, then the exhaust will be below the food.
If you are making a standard cabinet, the exhaust will be above the food.
In either case, the air intake for the fire should be below the fire if possible.
This might help:
Here is what I have planned so far. I was planing on welding the bottom plate to the box section. Now however, I think I need to re-design to allow for the air flow. I will be using a propane burner but still want to use charcoal once in a while. I also plan on drilling a hole to allow for cold smoking duct.