Inspired by Parrish15, my 100# smoker build progress.
Between that build and Feldon's build calculator I had enough confidence to tackle one myself.
15" diameter by 36" tall tank flushed twice with dawn soap and ready to cut.
I recommend gloves when flushing. God awful stink was on my hands for 2 days...
Other materials acquired from local metal yard cutoff section.
350 lbs of metal for about $250. Wheels were 70 of that...
First cut. 4.75" in from outer edge of tank. 3/16 tank thickness.
Cuts for firebox in 1/4" plate. 13"w X 16"d X 18" tall.
Cut all the way through center and only scored edges to bend.
Like this. squared and tacked as i went
Cut for CC was fun with angle grinder. left 3/4" for drip edge
CC & FB meet. Excuse amateur welds, .030 flux core in a 120 welder on 1/4" plate was slow going...
Large hole is 2.5" and smaller holes are 1.75". Handle was made from an old chipping hammer.
Cut door opening and welded hinges. I resisted temptation and left all 4 corners attached to prevent the door from flopping around while I made the base.
Just some 2" square I had leftover from fence posts (background white picket fence)
Rolled her over and finally got to see inside!
3/4" lip was a success.
Burned out the stink. Good progress for a long weekend. I hope monsoons give me a break and I will be able to finish this weekend. Will post more pics again next week weather permitting...
Handle on with little $3 fence spiral dealies. Ended up working really well at keeping handle cool.
smokestack is 1/4" thick x 3' tall x 3" diameter.
Pipe cap that worked well for a little hat
1/4" rf plate that I scored and ran over with my truck to crease.
Little grate supported by angle iron. I need to reinforce with more angle because it is now shaped like a u...
4 rattle cans of flat black, high temp paint. Thermostat and ball valve installed.
Drug the beast into the backyard and fired her up! seasoned 3 times with peanut oil at about 500F
Temp was easy to maintain and there was very little smoke that leaked out the door. I don't think I'm going to add any additional seals around door openings.
So as I was painting, mailman showed up with remote thermometer. Might as well send in the first victims. 250 degrees for 2 1/2 hours until internal temp of 165.
$40 for tank
$250 for metal
$60 for expendables
So about $350 lol. A bit more than wife wanted me to spend...
I would guess I had about 40 hours into it as well.
Thanks for reading.
Edited by 1stSmokeBuild - 8/2/16 at 10:46am