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post #21 of 34
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I'm using an old trailer axle because it has good bearings & will roll good.  A 5/8 bolt fits nice inside 1/2" pipe.  I cut the pipe 1" short, then trued them up square on the sawcut edge.  I welded them to the hub, slipped in the bolts & nuts, then rough centered them inside the rim.  After bolting on the axle, an indicator showed the highs & lows & I was able to center it up just like a 4 jaw chuck on a lathe, then started tacking & welding solid.   Not sure why picks aren't coming through.  Hope the details help you. 


Edited by Kingddemo - 5/2/16 at 6:23am
post #22 of 34
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Finally got the pics to come through

post #23 of 34
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These wheels should roll over about anything.

 

Got the stiffening ribs/hinges/handle attachment welded on.

 

Finally get a good look at the inside.  Needed a pressure washing, then knotted cup wheel in a grinder then a flap wheel to clean up.

 

Reverse flow plate is 1/4" 

 


I've been busy since the last post.  Hope to cook on it this weekend.

post #24 of 34
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Made the grate from 5/8" rebar.  Still need to put expanded metal on top.


I'm trying to make it functional for this weekend.

post #25 of 34
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I've been hitting it hard this week & cooked on it!  It's not finished, but it is functional.  Cooked a pizza & roasted veggies that turned out well.  The temps got away from me in the wee hours of the morning & burnt the outside of the pork butt & brisket.  I was able to cut off the black parts & salvage the inside & still feed 40 people.  Got lucky!  It'll be a learning curve to get it figured out.  Also have a name for it:  "Scrap Pass Smoker" since I got all the stainless for free from my employer with 2 scrap passes from my management.

 

 

post #26 of 34
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Built the firebox latch & painted the firebox.

 


Still need to build structure & install casters, but it balances well on the big wheels.

post #27 of 34
Can you explain scrap passes? Iam in australia and ive never heard of it before.
post #28 of 34
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I work for a Fortune 500 company.  If there are materials that are deemed to be scrap, and if we want those materials, we can ask our supervisor for a piece of paper giving permission for us to take those things out of the plant.  Actually, my father worked for the same company & he brought home some of the stainless materials on a scrap pass 50+ years ago.  I'd say it's the best way to recycle!

post #29 of 34

Lucky! I wish I could get "scrap" like that thumb1.gif

post #30 of 34
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Originally Posted by martyinco View Post

Lucky! I wish I could get "scrap" like that thumb1.gif
me too. I gave up on looking for a tank so i just had to make one from new material
post #31 of 34
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I added an additional air vent in the door and got structure & casters under the cook chamber end.

 


It's functional, now, but I'll probably be fine tuning it for a while.

post #32 of 34
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Here's some Qview!

post #33 of 34
Looks more then functional now. That looks yum. Is that ur first cook? Gota be happy with that
post #34 of 34
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It may never be completely done, but it's getting close.  The ribs turned out good enough to take to work to share samples.  I've done some pork shoulders & brisket as well.  I'm learning how to cook on it.  Still need to put in an upper rack.  The balance point was right where the big wheels are mounted, so I added a 50# ballast on the support for the casters.

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