SnP Mods w/PICS (finally)

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by rivet, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Allriiiight...finally got my last mods done and mounted! [​IMG] Got my SnP as a present from my wife about 18 months ago and have been applying what I've learnt here at the SMF since. First thing to go was the Temp gauge which cr**pped out after about 3 smokes. Replaced with a stouter model which was calibrated at work and has kept accurate since. That's been a nice surprise. 3 / 16th inch stainless steel backing and no leaks since day one.

    Next up was the exhaust extension. Took off the warmer rack to accomodate. Also covered the factory vents with aluminum dryer tape. Took the fitting and drawings to the man and he cut a section of new pipe and swedged it in for 5 bucks. You can also see the backside mounting of the thermometer in the pic. I hit the exhaust pipe with an SOS pad for the pic since it built up a good layer of seasoning since last year.

    After that came the wheels. Got rid of the stock ones and replaced with solid rubber, sealed bearing units from Ace Hardware. Smooth, quiet, and looks a whole lot better.

    Next up was my firebox door and damper which were warped. Used the door as a pattern for 3 / 16th inch stainless replacement.

    The damper was made out of 1/4 inch steel plate and rod nubs for finger grips. A bit of overkill, but it's bulletproof!

    The stock grate for the firebox was pretty shot by the end of last summer, so I had a basket made of expanded metal and 1 inch angle iron. Corners are braced.

    Designed my own manifold from all the examples and suggestions here at SMF- a big thanks to everyone. This is a one piece, 5 / 16ths steel plate with a nicely balanced handle. At the firebox side, a 45 degree upward cant deflects heat. Thick steel 'cause I want even, tempered heat distribution. On the canted part, three rows of 1/4 inch blown vents. Middle part has two rows 5 / 8 inch vents and tail end two rows 1 inch vents. He blew the vents with his torch 'cause it was easier than drilling. To the left of it you can see my 4X6 inch Beer Bottle Platform, also of 3 /16 stainless. It's a lot more stable than the expanded metal shelf.

    And the best for last. A heavenly pic from last year....TBS and a yard full of springtime green grass!

    Thanks for sharing your time with my project. A big appreciation for all here at the SMF who willingly shared their ideas that helped me along with mine!
  2. rons

    rons Smoking Fanatic

    Cool, that looks awesome!
  3. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    Looks better built then the Space shuttle!
  4. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It all looks very nicely done.
  5. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Like the mods. I take great pleasure in working on my smoker. I think I'll call her Maude!
  6. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    looks great, rivet! am putting this on my fave page so that i can work my way through these mods. also, as i sad, my son is training to be a welder RIGHT OW so hopefully he can give me a hand with some of these!
  7. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Maude looks real nice, and I like that tall stack.
  8. cruizer

    cruizer Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Nice job Rivet! My son just found a old SnP we are going to bring back to life. Thanks for the great ideas! [​IMG]
  9. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    rivet - have you got manifolds going all the way across the SnP, or sut as far as the first grate?
  10. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very nice tutorial rivet! [​IMG]
  11. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hii Tas~ Just got one manifold. It began as a 19 inch long piece of steel. Had 5 inches from the end folded up at a 45 degree angle. This end buts up against the firebox end.

    There is 14 inches horizontal steel remaining. The grates are approx 12 inches a piece (3 of em). Since the 19 inch total length is reduced with the upwards cant of the end, my manifold when in place against the end of the smoker, extends across the first grate and 3 and 1/2 inches into the center one.

    Hope these details help you design yours. Change them around as you see fit!
  12. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    thanks, bud!!
  13. cajunsmoke13

    cajunsmoke13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice job Rivet. Can I ship mine over for mods? Haha
  14. cman95

    cman95 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Real good job Rivet. I am sure it has helped heat/smoke control.
  15. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on a great job, very nice work.
  16. Rivet,
    All your mods look great and make sense! I think I have a little older model of sNp than you do but basically the same thing. When I get this thing cleaned up and painted I'll be back in touch with you about some of these mods, best photo's and explanations I have seen. Thanks Friend!
    Barry Ratliff
    "Virginia Smoke Signal"

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