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post #61 of 68

huh.gif  :ROTF  I know that all means something to a bricky but for the life of me I don't know what.  Thanks Wes.

 

Hi Gav..  I told you Wes knew his stuff.  He is also a great guy so if you have any more questions just ask.  He will help where he can.  If like me you don't understand all that, get your builder have a read.  Good luck.  Get it built right the first time.  Keep Smokin!

Danny

post #62 of 68
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Thanks so much guys for your help and guidance.

 

I will go source the steels etc and have found fire bricks and panels on ebay that should do the trick.

 

I will post pics as the build starts again ok.

 

My main task is to try to find doors for the fire area and smoker door above.

 

Thanks again

 

Gavlar

post #63 of 68
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Thanks Wes for the detailed response

 

I have screwed up a bit and not left enough depth in my design for air space between the external block work and the internal fire brick wall. I will have to go with it as it is. I have also found a supplier of firebricks on EBay at a reasonable price, i will chance my luck with a strong mortar mix for the fire bricks rather than a specialist mortar which seems to be expensive.

 

I have also found a steel supplier who can make all the metal parts such as shelves, water pans, grill and fire basket.

 

I just need to figure out a vent for the base of the smoker (thanks Wes for the advice of the width of the chimney in relation to the vent)

How to raise and lower the coals under the grill (i don't want to raise and lower the grill part, i would like that flush with the structure)

And finally where the hell to get doors for the smoker, i have looked at cast iron on eBay as suggested and they all need to come from Poland and are quite small.

 

Any suggestions and ideas always welcome and will post pics and updates as it progresses.

 

Cheers all

 

Gavlar

post #64 of 68
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Thanks Wes for the detailed response

 

I have screwed up a bit and not left enough depth in my design for air space between the external block work and the internal fire brick wall. I will have to go with it as it is. I have also found a supplier of firebricks on EBay at a reasonable price, i will chance my luck with a strong mortar mix for the fire bricks rather than a specialist mortar which seems to be expensive.

 

I have also found a steel supplier who can make all the metal parts such as shelves, water pans, grill and fire basket.

 

I just need to figure out a vent for the base of the smoker (thanks Wes for the advice of the width of the chimney in relation to the vent)

How to raise and lower the coals under the grill (i don't want to raise and lower the grill part, i would like that flush with the structure)

And finally where the hell to get doors for the smoker, i have looked at cast iron on eBay as suggested and they all need to come from Poland and are quite small.

 

Any suggestions and ideas always welcome and will post pics and updates as it progresses.

 

Cheers all

 

Gavlar

Gavlar, if you have a !/4 in. its enough.  You just need room for the fire  brick to expand and contract with the heat.   You'll be fine.

 

You can always have your doors custom built.   Lucky for me, my brother built mine.  He has a fab shop and I didn't have to pay.   If you have them custom made, make sure the frame is at least 3in. angle iron.  That way, you can use the top of the frame as a lintel  for the brick to go over the top opening.

 

Looking forward to seeing you build.   Its a shame everyone I'd love to meet, live so far away....   If you have questions, just shoot me a PM or post here.   Been a busy summer.  I'll answer as soon as I can.

post #65 of 68
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Well after all this time i have finally got round to starting my build. Its not perfect by any means but i have bitten the bullet and the materials have just been deleivered. So here is my project for the next few weeks.

 

Watch this space - pics to follow as i go.

 

Cheers

 

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post #66 of 68
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post #67 of 68
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Well construction has moved on a bit and am now starting to render the blockwork. I tried firing up the smoker but am struggling to get a decent draw through the chimney. Thanks Wade for your guidance, i still haven't figured out how to get the draw right. Is it better to have a narrow chimney or a wide chimney if the height of both would be the same?

 

Anyway here are the latest pics:

post #68 of 68
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Originally Posted by Wes W View Post
 

Gavlar, if you have a !/4 in. its enough.  You just need room for the fire  brick to expand and contract with the heat.   You'll be fine.

 

You can always have your doors custom built.   Lucky for me, my brother built mine.  He has a fab shop and I didn't have to pay.   If you have them custom made, make sure the frame is at least 3in. angle iron.  That way, you can use the top of the frame as a lintel  for the brick to go over the top opening.

 

Looking forward to seeing you build.   Its a shame everyone I'd love to meet, live so far away....   If you have questions, just shoot me a PM or post here.   Been a busy summer.  I'll answer as soon as I can.

Thoughts Wes?

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