All Terrain MES?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by tjohnson, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I was bored on Sunday and headed to my local Harbor Freight to check out their Parking Lot Sale. Came home with (4) 10" tires and rims for $4 each. Monday, I headed to Metal Supermarkets and picked up some 5/8" round stock for the axels and a 4' chunk of angle for the frame.

    I've been hiding my new Miller Mig 250 for awhile, and figured I should break it in. The wheels are way overkill for my MES, but for $4 ea. I couldn't go wrong!

    My wife could not stop laughing at my creation!!!

    Harbor Freight - $17
    Metal Supermarkets - $10

    Total Cost = $27


    All Terrain MES



    Unbolted Feet and Bolted on Some Angle Into Existing Holes For The Frame. I Used 5/8" Round Stock For The Axels and welded it to the frame. Notice The Tabs For the Grease Pan Have Not Been Moved Yet.



    Extended The Frame 1" Past the Front. Tires Also Work As A "Stop" for The Door.



    Moved the Clips For The Grease Tray and Extended The Frame Approx. 4" To The Back. Very Stable!



    Bolted On A 5 1/2" Garage Door Handle To The Back. Tip The MES Back On It's Rear Set Of Wheels and Roll It Around Like a 2-Wheeler.





    Todd
     
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  2. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Too funny man. All you need now is a 5 horse motor on it and a steering wheel.
     
  3. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yo TJohnson, I added your MES mod to the MES HOT MODs list.

    Thank you for doing a excellent job of documenting your mod with great pics and clear details how you did it.

    I did make a note though that it would be nice if the all terrain MES could turn.

    Congratulations!

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Need that down here in Iowa with all the mud...[​IMG]
     
  5. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I like it, during clean up do not forget the ArmorAll !!!
     
  6. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    THANKS DUDE!

    I thought about making a turntable for it, but had to quit while I was still ahead.

    Guess I could "Mod My Mod" and put a "Lift Kit" on it. Then I could get the front axle to turn.

    Actually, it skids around pretty easily.


    Todd
     
  7. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Todd, your mod, your application, if it works for you thats all that counts...

    Still a great post, a fine example of sharing a mod.
     
  8. dirt guy

    dirt guy Smoking Fanatic

    I can just see the trailing show to BBQ Pitmaster's next season--

    "Pimp My Smoke"[​IMG]
     
  9. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    i like it!
     
  10. badfrog

    badfrog Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    next mod: 2" shackle lift with a spring over axle conversion...
     
  11. phil brown

    phil brown Fire Starter

    That is simultaneously the coolest and funniest mod yet. [​IMG]
     
  12. jamminjimi

    jamminjimi Meat Mopper

    Love the wheels now you have me thinking.
     
  13. wingman

    wingman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Now that's a mod! LMAO [​IMG]
     
  14. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Deltadude thought my MOD would be better if the wheels turned. I added a 5 1/2" Garage Door Handle to the back of My MES. You can tip your MES back and turn it like a 2-wheeler. Not perfect, but for under $2 is a pretty simple solution, that actually works. Also, it gives me a freeking place to stuff the cord!

    For obvious reasons, I would not advise anyone to attempt this with a full water pan!!! [​IMG]


    Todd
     
  15. daddyzaring

    daddyzaring Smoking Fanatic

    I seen a smoker on craigslist(http://kansascity.craigslist.org/for/1657438674.html) that has came down to $90, and I had a similar idea for it to make it easier to move (I think the weight of the thing is why it hasn't sold). Only I was thinking more of drilling holes to slide the axles through. Unfortunately, I still wouldn't have a way to get it home, if I could afford it. I just don't think it would fit in our windstar. lol
     
  16. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Thats too cool !
     
  17. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    daddyzaring,

    I would offer the guy $50 and walk away if he doesn't take it. You gotta have a buddy with a pickup or small trailer that would be willing to share n a little BBQ for helping out a friend. Home Depot rents out their truck for around $20 for the 1st hour and they even have a small utility trailer for rent. You could try a local tool rental shop for a small trailer and some straps.

    A little clean up and $10 worth of High Temp Paint and I think you gotta a pretty nice rig.


    Todd
     

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