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    Franklin backyard smoker build

    I went for 250 for quite a while and then upped it to 275 :) Had to pull them a bit sooner than I wanted as it was getting down to 40*f outside and everyone was getting tired lol. Can't rush BBQ though! They still turned out pretty good. Great clean smoke flavor. I learned a lot and have quite a...
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    Franklin backyard smoker build

    Thanks ya'll! Yep I'll be sure to get pics of the ribs!
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    Franklin backyard smoker build

    I think it's damn nearly done! First cook tomorrow - gonna try some ribs! \o/ I'm a noob but it feels like it's working beautifully. I've never been more proud of something I've made in my life lol. The oak fire smelled Incredible. More pics in the previous album link.
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    Franklin backyard smoker build

    Quick update! Made a photo album of my progress so far - not done but getting close! :emoji_grin: Can't wait! https://photos.app.goo.gl/7wrdAmmb7aEK8ZXk8
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    Franklin backyard smoker build

    I've been thinking of doing it just to have the option to make transport by myself more manageable / less risky. Just these pipes before they were cut were rather unwieldy. One of them was about 260 lbs so trying to load/unload something over double that is a bit daunting. I'm probably going to...
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    Franklin backyard smoker build

    Regarding bolt on firebox leaking, if it does I'm confident I can add a bit of gasket between them to fix that. I do wonder how many bolts and what size I should use. I could go overkill - just makes it a bit more tedious to assemble / disassemble. Thinking of getting a bottle jack cart to help...
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    Franklin backyard smoker build

    A bit slow at the moment but should be picking up speed this weekend. I spent some more time getting my 3D model as accurate as possible. Cut and welded the base together, though I think I'm about to do another an inch wider. Looks like it's 19" instead of 18" lol. Wider wheel base is worth it...
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    Franklin backyard smoker build

    Here's a shot of what I'm thinking for making the firebox bolt on. Rather than cut the firebox cap plate to the exact 20" diameter, I'll leave an extra ~1" flange for the upper bolts and add some bolts on the inside around the throat. I don't see why it wouldn't work ...and being able to move...
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    Franklin backyard smoker build

    Thanks! Yeah actually I'm taking some of Jeremy's notes and making tweaks accordingly. I think I want to add an extra outer flange to the cook door to hopefully prevent smoke leaking and add a hat on the smoke stack for shutting down if I need to. I've been debating how I might shut down the air...
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    Franklin backyard smoker build

    I’ve started work on a fairly close copy of Aaron Franklin’s backyard smoker. I came to appreciate Franklin’s emphasis on clean smoke through good airflow and fire management after my own frustration trying to smoke on a weber kettle and not getting the results I’ve come to know growing up with...
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    Rolling a pipe smaller for firebox

    Yeah I'm really pleased with the outcome and thinking I will be going to them again when my cook door inevitably springs.. though I wonder if it would have the same flattening issue when it clears the third roller? Maybe the jack and chain method I see a lot of builders use would be better for...
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    Rolling a pipe smaller for firebox

    Quick update - I cut out a 4.7" slice and it sprung open quite a lot. Took it to a local shop and they rolled it down to 18" for $30 :) It looks like it got a little flattened at the joint so it's 17 3/4" there... about 18 1/8" at the widest part.. don't think it will matter really. Maybe I...
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    Rolling a pipe smaller for firebox

    Yeah I think that sounds worth doing. Could make it easier to get everything lined up too. I did some more checking and I believe the inner diameter of the inner sleeve is 18", so at 1/4" thick it's 18.5" OD. 20" OD rolled down to 18.5" OD is a 4.7" gap to close - sounds more doable than 12"...
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    Rolling a pipe smaller for firebox

    Great ideas. Thank you for the info! I'm not sure if there are supports. I suppose a few small ones can't hurt. I believe it's welded to the same round plate on the ends that the outer pipe is welded to. I think I'll need to weld the outer pipe to one round plate, weld the inner to the other...
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    Rolling a pipe smaller for firebox

    Yes the 18" OD is the inner sleeve to sit inside the 20" OD pipe for an air gap as semi-insulation (won't have anything in the gap). I'm trying to make an accurate copy of Aaron Franklin's backyard smoker, and his is 18" inner, so I'm ideally aiming for that.. bringing the sides together with...
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    Rolling a pipe smaller for firebox

    I have some 20" OD x 22" Long x 1/4" that I need to roll down to 18" OD for the inner part of my firebox. I think I could cut out a strip, pull the tube tighter with ratchet straps and weld it, but I'm wondering if the residual stress could cause some warping of it and what it's connected to...
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    Pulling a vacuum for firebox insulation.

    Did you ever try the vacuum? I was thinking the same thing - I've already got a good vacuum pump. Even if I had to pull it again before each cook that would probably be doable if the benefit was worth it.