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Wholly Moly Batman! Rolled Steel is not cheap!

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I was thinking about making another smoker.  I started getting quotes for rolled steel for the CC and firebox.  $675 for a 42" x 20" diameter x 3/16" pipe and a 22" x 20" diameter 3/16 pipe?  Damn, seemed high to me.  This does not even include the end caps.  Guess my plans might be changing unless I find a cheaper source.  Is this price about right?  After adding end caps ($100 each), I can buy the Yoder I was going to model mine after for that price!


Edited by busmania - 9/25/15 at 7:06am
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Paying for labor. You got less than $200 in steel there.
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Originally Posted by Ribwizzard View Post

Paying for labor. You got less than $200 in steel there.


For sure.  It's got to take a long time to roll that.  I started shopping steel pipe.  Way cheaper (21' of 20" diameter for $900...why not make 4 smokers?).  I just wonder how thick it is.  I am waiting to hear back.  The 60 gallon compressor tank I have in my garage is looking better and better the more I research this one.  But, I already did a compressor build and was hoping for flat ends...and not reverse flow either. 

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Shop around and find someone that will roll that cheaper for you. Most shops are not good at making a perfect circle, so they charge more. Think about building it shaped like a mail box. Less labor to roll and no need for rounded bottom??? Easier to build. Doesnt have to be so tall???

Just an ideal
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Sometimes the scrap yard has big diameter pipe schedule 40 and plate for ends some places sell by the lb some sell buy the ft. Doesn't hurt to check . Around here scrap is really cheap right now the prices have dropped a lot lately

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Wish you were closer, I would hook you up with some pipe
I work on natural gas pipelines and have a good surplus of 16-42in pipe
I am in ohio
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