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post #121 of 137
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More progress.  

 

Plenum getting fabricated up:

 

 

Done...and stack welded on...

 

Got the deflector plate fab'd and installed and the tuning plate rails installed.....but then ran out of daylight to cut out the tuning plates.  Oh well...it was FINALLY time to light a fire.  Just some testing to make sure she was going to flow ok:

 

 

Now I just need to finish the tuning plates, lid handles, firebox-damper handles, and consider adding a quick shelf to the front.  After that it's just a matter of sending her off for blasting and paint and then on to seasoning and actually cooking! :)

post #122 of 137
Heck yeah man that looks good. You gotta be getting anxious. So how did it flow?
post #123 of 137
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Thanks!  Yes...anxious for sure.  Was happy to be burning wood...but you would know the feeling for sure...I'm ready to burn some meat! :)

 

She flowed well...a little concern for the amount of wood I was chewing up...but that is 99% due to my error rather than anything with the "whale."  Just going to take a couple of cooks to find the ideal process for it...

post #124 of 137
Looks great good job. How much wood did you use and how long did you have it going?

Kyle
post #125 of 137
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Thanks!  Ran for about 3 hours around 240-270.  Ended up adding a piece of wood every 30 minutes...

post #126 of 137
That sounds about right to me. Did you start with charcoal or just straight wood? I start mine with a chimney or two of lit charcoal then add splits every 30-45 min. And I'll add a lit chimney every couple hours to replenish the coal base.

Kyle
post #127 of 137
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Ah...gotcha...yep...started with a chimney of briquettes.....

post #128 of 137
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Hey gang....quick question...is there a consensus out there on the best flat-black paint to use on cookers?  I know nothing is going to last forever...but looking for suggestions on which paint to use to cap off this build.

 

Thanks!

Kevin

post #129 of 137
I use Rustoleum BBQ black Kevin.
post #130 of 137

I've seen Sheffield Pot Belly Black is a good one. The web site says its heat resistant to 1000 degrees. Should be good for the Arizona sun!  I was going to order some for mine but my budget made me go with Rustoleum just to get it protected. I want to sand blast and have it powder coated one day.

 

Nice looking smoker by the way!


Edited by Pit 4 Brains - 8/18/17 at 3:24pm
post #131 of 137
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Getting real close to calling this 100% done.

 

Handles made, therms installed, and a shelf added:

 

Quick and ugly shot of the tuning plates:

 

Shot from last night before lighting her up for a final seasoning smoke of chicken thighs and legs:

 

Few small tweaks that I need to make...but I'm hoping to paint tomorrow night and be ready for a full load of ribs this Sunday!

post #132 of 137
Looks great man. I'm jealous.
post #133 of 137
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Looks great man. I'm jealous.

Thanks!!!!

post #134 of 137
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Looks great man. I'm jealous.

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post #135 of 137
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Thanks Johnny!

post #136 of 137
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post #137 of 137
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Welp...this is going to serve as a wrap up to this thread.  Thanks to all who followed along and gave great advice and help!

 

Fire getting started:

 

 

Ribs loaded up:

 

Coming along:

 

Right where they belong...on my plate and then in mah belly!

 

Really enjoyed the process....already kicking around the idea of building a bigger beast ;)

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