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JP's GOSM build mods - Page 2
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Used 1/2" hardwood oak dowels cut to length, then a router with 1/4" rounding bit to smooth the ends. Made positioning grooves where they contact the rails by turning them against a 1/4" straight bit. Finished up with a light sanding and was done in about 30 minutes:
Gas valve cover is in process, but it's taking a lot of bending and welding.
Edited by jbpace - 4/26/17 at 4:05pm
Final mod - removable rain stack
The last mod I'm making is a removable rain stack. I started with an 8" to 6" reducer, an 8" flange cover and a standard 6" rain cap (like the one travcoman45 used to make his stack in http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/for...t.php?p=168391).
I first welded the flange cover to the reducer:
I MIG welded all but 12 of the tabs down (evenly distributing the 12 remaining). Into each of the 12 slots I inserted a 1/2" diameter, 1/4" thick Samarium-Cobalt magnet (had to pound down the flange to make a few fit):
[SmCo magnets are good up to around 500 deg F. Don't use Neodymium-Iron-Boron magnets as they lose their magnetic property at 176 deg F. SmCo magnets come in different grades. The magnets I used are rated to hold 11 lbs each, but that's in direct contact. I estimate it takes 10 lbs force to pull the stack directly off the smoker with these 12 magnets.]
I ended up welding the remaining tabs down but don't recommend it unless yo are a very good welder. I'm not, and the results were terrible, but I'd already cut the excess length off the tabs before learning how hard it is to weld in a strong magnetic field. If given another chance I would pop rivet them.
I then drilled out the rivets holding the top to the 6" vent cover and tossed the bottom in the trash:
What's to say - it keeps rain from falling in and doubles to hold the smoker cover on when not in use. May have been worth the time since I wanted to use the factory cover which precluded the typical permanent stack mod.
Edited by jbpace - 4/26/17 at 4:08pm
I was looking at the treagers and still am, but want to make sure I choose the right item.
I built a 4x4 jeep and when I first started I purchased a bunch of stuff I did not need and was a waste of money, money that I could have allocated to better more useful equipment. I am trying to do research now before making the same mistake
I like the Propane or electric models, I had the bullet smoker in the past and it didn't work out for me couldn't regulate it.
I'd like to make sure we're speaking of the same smoker models before I venture an answer to the differences. The big block I refer to is the model 3605BGD. What model is the deluxe you ordered?