Looking good......its crazy how the trailers loose space when ya start adding stuff.
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This project may have just become much easier. A friend just loaned me his old millermatic 35 mig welder. Needed some TLC, so I gave it some. Cleaned the feed dogs and re-terminated all the cables so they are all new and clean.
I hope things start to pick up now. I have much more confidence with a wire welder than with a stick welder. Woo Hoo!
First vent is done. Simple vent design. Large hole with sliding cover.
The tank is in the garage and I am going to start welding the trim and the hinges on tomorrow so I can take the doors off and lighten the load.
Then start looking at attaching the firebox this weekend.
So after some grinding and scratching my head about legs and wheels to move it out of the garage. I just decided to build the firebox tray glides.
Nothing fancy heavy channel front to back.
And the fasteners to pull the doors in tight...
I used to move furniture and still have the four wheel dollies that make this a lot easier. The tank is on casters so I can turn it to cut or weld when it is flat. Makes a bad welder better....
Thanks for the kudos...
I am still trying to get done before the 4th but I have to work Saturday so that may push me back a bit.
So I am getting close to building shelves and I am wondering how much room should be between them. Height wise I mean.
I am thinking first one at the bottom of the door entrance then 8" then 5" above that. Three shelves on each side, maybe the top one just for ABT;s and the like.
when I figured the areas of each shelf based on those distance I came up with
36" X 30.5" = 1098 sq in. Bottom shelf
33" X 30.5" = 1006.5 sq in. Middle shelf
27" X 30.5" = 823.5 sq in. Top Shelf
2928 sq in. cooking area each side
Grand Total 5856 sq in. total cooking space.
I hope someone with a larger lang might help me out with some ideas on the distances between grates.
Well, I think something has gone very right...I worked on a guys house today that is the chairman of the local rod run group. blah blah blah talk talk talk...and I quote 'you make sure when you get that thing done you come see me...I will guarantee that you have a spot to sell you stuff.'
This little rod run has about 15,000 people over three days. There are 75 vendors but only about 6 that do food. Most of that is carmel corn and hamburgers. I may need help selling ribs and pp sammies. I may need a lot of peppers for ABT's
Things are looking up. I am very excited. I am also waiting on some more shielding gas for the welder...arrrg!
Yup after using the spreadsheet on catering from this site,one of them would pay for it. I am not sure this year I will be ready for it. I still have a lot of government garbage to pay for and get through. Don't think I can afford to do that before the deadline. I have to have a legal requirements and insurance completed 2 weeks before the start of the show. I still haven't finished the machine and would like to get a cook or two done before hand. More work tonight.
I started to cut legs out last night but the rain kicked in. I don't have enough room to weld and grind inside the shop, unless i want to remodel by fire.
I will just keep plugging away and it will all come together over time.
Thanks for the support.
I can measure the racks in my R Flow tomorrow night if you like.
If I was to tell ya a number tonight I would be just guessing. But I can tell ya that I put in plenty of shelf supports, right now I run a total of 4 shelves, 2 on each side. Perfect for brisket and butts.
I could add 2 more shelves to each side if I wanted to do ribs only. With a total of 8 racks I can cook 24 slabs of giant untrimed spares. Or 32 slabs of st louis style(trimmed).
I bet the hot rod deal is making you want to hurry but remember good things come to those who wait, sometimes.
Give it time man, get the rig just right. , get happy with it, have all the ins in place and......let the good times roll. That way its not a rush, and you will enjoy it alot more.