Added pic My first reverse flow smoker build

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Can't help ya on that one as I didn't put one on mine... But in reading others builds it did sound like there was a LOT of trial and error to get it right...
That’s kinda what I found also. 60 degrees will not work looks more like 35 when the door is open I am gonna get it kinda setup takes in and just put metal inside the tube till it either works or it’s full and go from there. 🤣🤣🤣 thanks tho.
 
Keep the counterweight close to the lid. With less leverage, more weight is needed to balance out the lid. It may be enough weight to keep your unit from trying to pull a wheelie.
 
Just tacked in atm no weight in it. I might change it since the last comment about keeping it shorter. Will see how this plays out first and let me examine it to see if I like it this way lol it 13” off the top of smoker.
 

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There’s not much info on counterweight building for doors or atleast not anything set in stone so to speak. Does the square tube the comes off the door and holds the weight also need to be accounted for? My plan is a 60 degree angle and keep it so it runs inline with the widest part of CC. I want it to rests on the back of CC to hold door also. Any other pointers or directions ?????

Can't help ya on that one as I didn't put one on mine... But in reading others builds it did sound like there was a LOT of trial and error to get it right...


I'm like Keith - I haven't built a door counterweight - so I'm not much help. If there's a tried and true method or formula, I sure don't know what it is or where to find it. And I do agree with Keith that it seems that trial and error is common. If I were building one, I'd do just what you described, and see if it looks right. Tack it in place and see how it works. Maybe you'll get lucky and get it the way you want it the first try LOL. Or hopefully it'll only need tweaked a bit.

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I'm like Keith - I haven't built a door counterweight - so I'm not much help. If there's a tried and true method or formula, I sure don't know what it is or where to find it. And I do agree with Keith that it seems that trial and error is common. If I were building one, I'd do just what you described, and see if it looks right. Tack it in place and see how it works. Maybe you'll get lucky and get it the way you want it the first try LOL. Or hopefully it'll only need tweaked a bit.

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Thanks. I got one setup and tacked not sure if I like it yet or not might be a little tall gotta ponder on it. lol it’s 13” from top of smoker to the bottom of the 2x4 rectangle steel I am gonna use to put the weight in. I thought of the idea of the square tube behind the 2x4 as more of a welding and secure connection instead of beads of weld or gussets. Pics are above
 
First time builder calculating error I lost count. It’s 3/4” to tall from fitting out of my shed doors. Hard to see in the pic. I will have to remove the second section of the stack and prop to door to CC open for the counterweight to clear. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 all in the fun of building for sure.
 

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No pictures because no big changes have been made on the build. Last Friday evening was a night with the family by the fire and adult beverages. Saturday was crappy weather had to run some errands and was kinda hung over. 🤣🤣🤣 Sunday was nice and spent most of the day working on my tractor to mow the yard. Found out loose wire in the plug of the key switch. lol Just a small update tho. I did weigh the door and it’s 47lbs. I did get the 2 front legs and the lower cross members in the base all filled with sand the balance is almost perfect. I will add a cross brace behind the one that’s there and fill it with sand and it should be done. I started getting that fabed up today. Waiting on the poll to end Saturday and I will get the name plate going so I can finish up the CC door counter weight. Hopefully I will get some things finished up this weekend and get some updated pics.
 
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Crap I lied I do have a picture and forgot the most important thing. I fired up old faithful and did some ribs and smoked bacon Mac on Sunday also.
 

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Nice color on those ribs!

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Thanks they turned out really good. I even got my 12 yr old to finally try them and he ate almost half a rack himself. He used to turn his nose up at ribs. I would always be like what the matter with you? You have no idea what you missing. 🤣🤣🤣 He goes nuts on the brisket when I do those tho.
 
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Nothing to fancy tonight. I put together the V fire basket out of materials I had around and scraps. If it works great if not I will redo it a little more proper. Not the greatest looking but it goes in the FB lol
 

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Been a little bit since an update with pics. Didn’t want to bore everyone with the touch up welding and grinding. The FB is completed and basically ready for final prep for paint. The frame is also in the same situation as the FB. I am currently working on touching up the door on welds and stuff like that. Just ordered the gauges for the door. Once we get half decent weather I will get the name plate cut and worked on to send it off to powder coat. I am hoping on Thursday to do a test burn and see how it goes.
 

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