Alright, time for an update on the project. It is running now at least. I had to have it going for my daughters birthday party. We smoked 3 butts all covered in Jeff's rub. A rack of spare ribs also in Jeff's rub. Then I Just happened to have some fresh corn on the cob. On there also was a double batch of dutch's beans, another batch of Jeff's bbq sauce(smoked) about 30 ABTs, 10 hot dogs ... I think that was it.
Anyway the smoker did awsome. It keeps a constant temp 225-250. I only burned about 8-10 sticks of oak the whole day saturday. I had to start the butts saturday morning so we had to work into the night friday. We finished the fire box at 2am. whewww!! At least I learned how to weld again. 9th grade was the last time I did that.
Made 4 15" grates that span 5' of the 6' length. Added a baffle all the way down to make it reverse flow. (LOVE IT) It keeps the same temp all the way down. below are the after pics, you can see the before pics above. I will also include some pics of the fire box. My father-in-law came up with the idea for it. I'm glad he is a farmer. He had just about everything we needed in his field somewhere. We didn't have to buy anything but the expanded metal, a new hitch, and rope gasket. It is not completely finished. I still have to add a wood rack on the front, some fenders, lights, ect... also have to have it sandblasted and painted.
I'm sure I've left out a buch of stuff. so if you have questions - fire away. here are the pics.
ribs -also you can see the grates
Butts - extended the stack down to grate level
here is the corn butts and ribs
This is the overall view
Firebox - duh