Well I've made some progress the last couple of days on the first of my 4 RF builds I'm doing right now. This first pic is of 3 of the tanks I found recently.
I am using the tank on the right for this build. It's dimensions are 68" long by 26" dia. the firebox is 24"x 24"x21" tall. i am using 4" pipe for my stack since i didn't have any 6" on hand.
this is a pic of the tank after i cut the opening for the lid and the fire box. i had to make some patches for the bung holes and clean out the tank with a wire wheel.
this is a pic of the baffle plate. i made it in 2 pieces so it would be easier to install it.
this is a pic of the first section of baffle plate dry fit and tacked in place. i put a slight pitch on it from left (high) to right (low).
this is a pic of the end of the baffle plate. i put a little more pitch on it toward the end of it and installed the 1-1/2" drain. i curved the end of the baffle plate for 2 reasons. 1- it would make a more even opening in the end since the end of the tank was already curved and 2- so i would be able to channel the drippings to the drain.
this is a pic of the gap at the end of the plate.
a look underneath the plate.
a look at the fire box opening.
the fire box with the opening cut.
this is a pic of a buddy of mine cutting the hole for the firebox door. let me tell ya this is one mean saw! i've never seen anything like it. it is called a "metal devil". it looks just like a skil saw for cutting wood and even has a blade just like a skil saw but it is for cutting steel. the steel i used for my firebox is 1/4" and it cut it like butter! here is a link to a video i took of it in action.
this is the finished product. it took no time at all.
the firebox attached.
the only way to weld the bottom of the firebox connection!
fitting the stack
wow! my shop is a mess! LOL! notice the future UDS drums in the background.
Next is the lid, the cooking grates, the firebox door and drawer, and oh yeah, something to stand it up on!
Edited by duck killer 1 - 6/20/10 at 8:16pm