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post #1 of 17
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So i figured I would need a place to log and share all the mods and things i am doing with my OKJLH.

My gallery is here http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/g/a/283259/my-oklahoma-joe-longhorn-w-mods/

 

the larger Ikea one fits perfect. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20031289/

 

 

 




Upcoming Mods

  • install 2 lower thermometers by handle
  • install lavarock gasket on main chamber and firebox
  • install handles on new rack system

 

 

Mods Completed:

  • weld 4 C-Chan brackets inside chambler
  • weld two 36" wide expanded metal to angle steel frame to create pull out shelves. Double Decker. 
  • RTV sealed the joint between the firebox and main chamber
  • built fire basket with a 2x2 expanded steel sheet from HD
  • installed bbqsmokermods.com tuning plates
  • installed bbqsmokermods.com latches
  • installed stainless steal food prep area ($30 at ikea, $5 in screws and hardware)
  • 3" elbow inside of smoke stack

Edited by DavidSKi - 3/29/16 at 12:01pm
post #2 of 17
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Heres the tuning plates. very sexy.
http://www.bbqsmokermods.com/product-p/ok-hor-tune-lh.htm

Oklahoma Joe LONGHORN Horizontal Baffle Plate (Heat Deflector Tuning Plate) http://www.bbqsmokermods.com/product-p/ok-hor-tune-lh.htm


Edited by DavidSKi - 4/11/16 at 6:36am
post #3 of 17
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Here are the latches
http://www.bbqsmokermods.com/product-p/fm-201-b.htm

 

 

Flat Mount Push, Smoker door latch toggle clamp right http://www.bbqsmokermods.com/product-p/fm-201-b.htm

 

Flat Mount Push, Smoker door latch toggle clamp left http://www.bbqsmokermods.com/product-p/fm-201-b.htm


Edited by DavidSKi - 4/11/16 at 6:37am
post #4 of 17
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Ikea makes 2 stainless steel shelves. 1 doesnt fit, i tried. the other has another 8" of space that the original shelf did not. 
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20031289/

 

Fitting a stainless steal shelf
testing location... i chose to leave 1.5 inches between the can and the shelf. 

 

 

the larger Ikea one fits perfect. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20031289/

 

attaching the prep area http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20031289/

the damn shelf is hallow... so this is what i did to keep everything locked in until i can buy some spring loaded screws. 

 

attaching the prep area http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20031289/

 

attaching the prep area http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20031289/

 

 

post #5 of 17

VERY, VERY NICE!!

 

:points:

 

Al

post #6 of 17

Great Mods. Love the idea of the stainless shelf. I may have to do this to mine as well. 

post #7 of 17
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I am not done with the shelf yet.. i think i am going to reinforce the existing holes with 9/16 screw anchors, this shelf is just hallow and the bottom of it is some poly wood/plastic hard surface. 

post #8 of 17
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Easter Update!

Got the iron cut, welded, and installed! HERE ARE THE PICS!

So for 2 shelve system, this is all the angle iron, hallow bar and c-chan youll need. 

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MEASURMENTS, REPLY HERE, I WILL POST ALL THE NUMBERS. 


here are the 2 pieces of expanded metal. 

 

heres everything laid out. 



here are the tools i used 


 

Here is the hallow iron i will use to support the middle of the shelf. 


heres how i cut the 45s.

 

 





Cut with a grinder. never use a battery powered grinder, worthless.. dies in 5-10 minutes. 



Edited by DavidSKi - 3/29/16 at 11:46am
post #9 of 17
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I sent the metal to my friends shop where he tack welded them there. 

I then had a mobile welder come out and tack the chan into the chamber. 

 

 

 



 

 

 

BE AWARE:
welding will melt the paint on the back of the smoker. We will have to address this later. 

 

 


Heres the finished product! 

 

 



NOTE: the 3" elbow mod no long works, we i will have to figure something else out. 

NEXT!  Handles?  Seasoning, Chem Burnoff, first fire. 

post #10 of 17

:Looks-Great:

post #11 of 17
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thanks!

post #12 of 17

Would like the measurements for the shelves if possible.

post #13 of 17
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Here you go!

These are the numbers before and after i cut the 45s with the grinder. 

May i suggest going to a metal fab supply,  this metal ran me about 90$, where the fab store by my house was around 45$

If you want to save money, do angle iron instead of C-Channel, and weld a 2nd piece of angle upside down (making it a C-chan).

 

post #14 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rotanrorau View Post
 

Would like the measurements for the shelves if possible.

Hey, did you see the measurements above?

post #15 of 17
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Ive been asked to provide URLs to where i got the tuner and latches. URLs are by the pictures. 

post #16 of 17

Awesome. Just got mine here in Hawaii. Will do some of the mods you did. Especially like the double shelf. I'll plan on welding something so my shelves don't fall out at full pull out.

post #17 of 17

Don't weld it, Angio.  You're going to have cooks on the bottom rack where you need the extra height for what's on bottom and you need the top rack out.  Peg it somehow so that it stops, yet you can still get the shelf out if need be.

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