Nice build, that is a MONSTER !! Hope you have a lot of friends and neighbors to feed,and a cord of wood handy!!
Those would have to be some huge casters lol It will be stationary for a year or so and then my plan is to build a trailer for it.
Well I didn't have much time to work this week, but I did get my handles welded on. The upper rack handles I had to pitch inward just a bit so they clear the door.
I also got all the material cut and ready to fit up for the adjustable flue (you can see the material on the rack in this picture). basically its going to have a 6" cap on top, and a solid rod running down the stack to a handle that I can swing one way or the other to open and close.
Today some of my odd and end pieces got cut on the water jet. This little piece of plate might not look like much but some scribbles, but this is the most important part of the pit. About 4 years ago my little girl was diagnosed with a very rare form of pediatric leukemia (3 yrs old when diagnosed). After battling for 2 hard years, she lost her battle just a few days after her 5th birthday. That little girl was my BBQ buddy, she loved my ribs just as much as she loved to follow me around and watch me cook. Her name was Rorie, and these plates are her signature that I had cut out so they can always be on the pit. I needed a brace from the exhaust stack to the end plate because of weight and size so these will run vertically between the stack. I had 2 cut out so no matter what side of the pit you are on it will read correctly, and I plan on putting something colorful between the 2 pieces so you can see it pretty clearly.
Thanks AussiQ. She definitely was very special. I miss that little girl so very much. I cant wait to cook the first set of ribs and make us one huge plate :)
doubt it. there are some high heat powders on the market but they all have mixed reviews. I don't want to take the time and spend the money to get it powder coated and then it turn out to be garbage. Ill probably have the pit blasted and just high heat paint out of a spray gun.
Well yesterday we got 2 of the end plates fit (1 for the cook chamber, and 1 for the firebox). We got our football shaped cutouts cut, and later today we are hoping to get the firebox hung. I got pictures of the football shape layed out but I didn't get pictures of it after it was cut.
We also started making the deflector plate from the firebox to the cook chamber
The top of the opening is about 1-2" under the lower shelf (picture looks differently). I was hoping the grate and opening would be a little further apart but I set the height of the racks a while back thinking it was high enough, and then when I figured the hole opening based on the calculator it was taller than I expected. The deflector plate will be welded in place sending the smoke and heat under the tuning plates so no heat escapes until its in the cook chamber
We thought it would be beneficial to brace the end plate since it would have about 500 lbs. hanging off the end. If you look you see we made a brace to stiffen the end plate up so there is no flex with all the weight. Also we welded the deflector plate and some triangular pieces to make sure its air tight and no heat is escaping and it is forced down the lower portion of the pit under the tuning plates.
After we got the deflector plate welded up we moved on to the firebox. We got the firebox set where it needed to be, welded it to the cook chamber, welded the end plate to the firebox, and welded the support gussets on the top and bottom of the pit.
My buddy that has been lending a hand also took some action shots. I still don't have a good picture of one of us standing next to this thing because it is much taller than me and Im 6 ft tall. standing next to it really puts the size into perspective.