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  1. SmeltshackBBQ

    I'm back. And so is my trailer. Now it's time for a restoration.

    Well thanks everybody!! I've spent half the morning on Reddit. Reading about different people's experiences with their food trucks and restaurants.. I don't know, but if I can get some money set aside, I just might try opening this thing up as a part-time deal next year. That would give me the...
  2. SmeltshackBBQ

    1/4 to 1/2lb Burger patty press.

    I've got an old 1890's lathe out in my shop, and a benchtop mill. Hmmm... Is it overkill if the burger press uses hydraulics? haha... But seriously, I may try making one. Sounds like a fun project for some rainy day..
  3. SmeltshackBBQ

    I'm back. And so is my trailer. Now it's time for a restoration.

    Well, it's done and over. Memories were forged. Bellies were filled. A good time was had by all. The rain poured down from 5 gallon pails in the morning, and everybody was terrified that it wouldn't stop. Not me though... I wrote a message to the sky on my menu board. Two words: STOP RAINING...
  4. SmeltshackBBQ

    I'm back. And so is my trailer. Now it's time for a restoration.

    Well, I'm headed down to the trailer soon, to do this thing. I've got a cold, rainy, windy night ahead of me. But I have beers, and a big old Fattie to look forward to in the morning. I'll be down there alone til 6 or 7 am, then the cavalry starts arriving. I'll cross my fingers if you all...
  5. SmeltshackBBQ

    I'm back. And so is my trailer. Now it's time for a restoration.

    Mason jars? Got some. Yours probably have a little more octane inside than mine. lol.
  6. SmeltshackBBQ

    I'm back. And so is my trailer. Now it's time for a restoration.

    Well, let's wait til 3am tomorrow when it's POURING rain to discuss 'attitudes'... lol. I have a 5000 watt Honda that works, but we're set up just outside a garage, and my brother on law has a string of worklights that we plan to hang off the rafters of the trailer. They have hot water and a...
  7. SmeltshackBBQ

    I'm back. And so is my trailer. Now it's time for a restoration.

    Well, 'showers' has turned into full-blown RAIN. We got the trailer moved last night, only to find that their brand new house's GFCI system doesn't agree with my 110V-to-220V power cord adapter. It pops the second you plug into the building. Yay! (I think the 30A 4 prong plug is worn where it...
  8. SmeltshackBBQ

    I'm back. And so is my trailer. Now it's time for a restoration.

    Well, we got to looking at the amount of food we had, and decided it wasn't enough. It never is... Anyway, last week, we found four briskets at walmart. In the past, I had good luck with theirs. This time though, wow. Out of those four, ONE looked OK. The price was right, so we got it. We had...
  9. SmeltshackBBQ

    Nuclear Hot Links

    Oh wow, very nice!
  10. SmeltshackBBQ

    I'm back. And so is my trailer. Now it's time for a restoration.

    Thank you. It's not me that's sick though, it's my father in law. He wanted to have a BBQ 'like we used to' after he got the diagnosis. So I dug this thing out and went thru it. I don't know if he's up for today, but I have a small plate of pulled pork and a couple of smoked drumsticks for him...
  11. SmeltshackBBQ

    I'm back. And so is my trailer. Now it's time for a restoration.

    First cook since the 'restoration'!! One six or seven pound pork butt, and a package of drumsticks for some Monstah Wings. I needed to do at least one 'practice cook' to clear seven or so years worth of cobwebs. Seeing one lonely pork butt on those racks is pretty comical. I guess if I ever...
  12. SmeltshackBBQ

    I'm back. And so is my trailer. Now it's time for a restoration.

    Thank you! It seemed to take so long, but now that it's done.. (for now anyway) It's like "Well, that wasn't all that bad..."
  13. SmeltshackBBQ

    I'm back. And so is my trailer. Now it's time for a restoration.

    Finally! Haha. I already see everything else I want to do to it now...
  14. SmeltshackBBQ

    I'm back. And so is my trailer. Now it's time for a restoration.

    OK, so it's been a week or so of 'let's catch back up on things around here', plus some trinkets on the trailer. Mostly things that are hard to photograph, or just dumb. I've been waiting on my woodcutter buddy to get me a truckload of wood. I should have known when he told me about his...
  15. SmeltshackBBQ

    Help!! I warped my reverse flow plate!

    Once we get out of this rain and cold spell, I'll give it a try before I cut anything. I think I have a can of mapp around here somewhere.
  16. SmeltshackBBQ

    Help!! I warped my reverse flow plate!

    Well, thanks everyone! I think I'll cut it, jack it down and weld it back together. It's been done before on this one by the looks. I'll clean up that existing weld while I'm in there. I'm on the 'I don't have much money to put into this thing right now, but I have a bunch of tools and some...
  17. SmeltshackBBQ

    Help!! I warped my reverse flow plate!

    Yeah, that's what I was afraid of.. lol. I'll go out and look at where the cuts would need to be now, this may be a job for later.
  18. SmeltshackBBQ

    Help!! I warped my reverse flow plate!

    I got a tiny bit out using the 'let's go til she don't sound good and then look away while we do two more' point. As for the mapp, I don't think I could get the area hot enough with that, it's about an 18" by 20" section that warped. And feels like at least 1/8" plate in there if not more. It...
  19. SmeltshackBBQ

    I'm back. And so is my trailer. Now it's time for a restoration.

    I got the smoker cleaned out, and got to looking at how to fix the warped reverse flow plate caused by the jet engine grease fire that I had on the first burn.. Not much luck, I posted up a 'help me' thing about it in a separate thread. The previous owner said the chimney 'might be in need of a...
  20. SmeltshackBBQ

    Help!! I warped my reverse flow plate!

    500 gallon Cookers and Grills 12' 'restaraunt' model... So, I'm in the process of restoring this old trailer, and have gotten to the part I dreaded the most: The reverse flow plate got warped fairly badly when I first got this thing. A hot grease fire later, and now there is a nice dome in...
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