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Westernsmokers vertical reverse flow insulated smoker build

post #1 of 45
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Well I finally got to start on the first build for my Westernsmokers adventure. Me and the boy had to finish up a table this morning first, so I quickly put him to work. Everything has gone great so far, we did have a little curve with one weld with the new machine and we had also changed wire size. but soon after we were humming right a long again. I am very impressed with the plasma cutter I bought. Cuts through this stuff like butter. Here are the pics from this mornings go at it. We will be back out there this evening to do some more. Thanks for lookin and keep a eye out for more builds and products.
just getting started this morning. So the slave labor started early..lol

the beginning

first piece of the project is done...made short work of it with the plasma

some of the welds

this is the one we had a little curve on

so far so good...you can see the hole is very low for the smoke stack.

post #2 of 45
That is going to be cool , nice bead btw
post #3 of 45
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Thanks that last one tho pissed me off something fierce...but I guess they all can't be easy. New machine and new wire size is what I will blame it on..lol
post #4 of 45
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Well I was able to get the top and bottom of the inside shell done tonight...I will continue tomorrow with it....PDT_Armataz_01_05.gifhad to call it a night the boy did his first attempt at ribs today while we worked..I gotta say they came out great!
post #5 of 45
PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif i've been wanting to do a vertical build! especially a reverse flow, but haven't figured out a good way to make it reverse flow, so i'll be watching this one! good luck!
post #6 of 45
Looking forward to following along with your build J!
post #7 of 45
nice start, keep the pics coming i too am interested in seeing the reverse flow vert.
post #8 of 45

Nice bead

Now ya got my curiosity up on a reverse flow vertical. I have go do some reading and watching your build.

Nice weld, looks more like a tig, way to go! What is the new machine?

Sorry if it was mentioned in a previous post but with work I only have time to glimpse every few days.

Looks Great so far!
post #9 of 45
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Thanks everyone and thanks to bbq engineer for showing me what a vertical reverse flow is..It will become more apparant later on in the build...the machine is just a miller 140 nothing big for this stuff.
post #10 of 45
Great looking start on the business Jerod...PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #11 of 45
Well it looks like you are off to a good start and I cann't wait to see the rest as this thig comes along.
post #12 of 45
looking good so far!
post #13 of 45
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Sorry for no updates guys but my pressure regulator had a problem with it and now it ran all my gas outPDT_Armataz_01_19.gif. So it is a little draw back but fixed. I ordered another bigger tank also so I will have 2 now...if one is out then I can still keep welding. I also ordered all the rest of the channel and expanded metal today. should be in thursday..I am hoping to finish it over spring break gotta love being a student..I've never had this many days off in my life. I did manage to get the ash box done before the gas issue tho. again soon more pics
post #14 of 45
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Had a little time today after all the weeks hussle and bussle. Started on the fire box/charcoal pan. Here are the pics. I have next week off so this should be done next weekPDT_Armataz_01_06.gif
squaring up the bottom


before the top and sides are on


top on squared up and welded only thing left is the handles but those will be done after I do the doors..




thanks for lookin !
post #15 of 45
oh man you got some skills bud. looks like quality work from the ground up. keep posting pics PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #16 of 45
Very nice job, keep the pics coming, what kind of Plasma did you get, I'm in the market right now. Hypertherm looks like about the best but the price is too. Let me know how you like yours and if you would do anything different.
post #17 of 45
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Thanks koy boy I got a hypertherm 30. best little plasma out there. this little guy will cut 5/8....but slow. I don't need to cut stuff that thick very often at all. I would highly recommend it PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #18 of 45
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Well I was able to work on the smoker for a couple hours today...It seemed like I didn't get much done but sometimes it's the way it goes. This is the bottom part just about done. I will make the smoke channel up the sides tomorrow and cap the top of what you see here. The water pan will be towards the end of the build I think. It should hold about 6 gallons of water. Well here are the pics and thanks for lookin.


post #19 of 45
Nice work. Your coal basket may be the design I use on Gunny Smoker. I like the seperate ash pan. Since I dont have the tools I am just setting my basket in an ash pan suspended 2 inches above the pan bottom by bolts. Wish I had your skills. LOL
post #20 of 45
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Not hard I'm sure if you had the tools you could. your ash tray/pan sounds like it will work
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