Another 120 Gallon Compressor Tank RF Build. Appreciate any help.

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by storeman0913, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. lendecatural

    lendecatural Smoking Fanatic

    The mistake corollary is directly related to the busted knuckle rule. Sometimes you just have to bleed first and get it over with......Additionally, mistakes are the basis of wisdom, just think of it as how much smarter you are getting!
     
  2. Yes Sir, as I study my broken un-casted foot and mangled hands, BUT.... I am truly having fun and becoming brilliant!

    Jerry
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2015
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  3. Spent time today tuning the CC door with pretty good results.  Welded on 2 clamps but didn't care for them so cut the welds.  Looking for a different design for cc hold down clamps.  Also straightened bent axle.

    Jerry
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2015
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sometimes, axles are bent to adjust toe-in and castor and camber....
     
  5. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Maybe this is a dumb question, but do compressor tanks have expiration dates like propane tanks?
     
  6. Dave,

    I made this axle on my lathe but damaged it putting the smoker back on the frame by too much downward pressure from my tractor forks.  Straightened it as best I could using torch and anvil.

    Jerry
     
  7.  I suspect that very high pressure tanks likely have testing/re-certification requirements but most common shop tanks are about 200 psi and do not.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2015
  8. Counterbalance.  What is a simple way to determine what is needed?  The way my hinges are made, they act as the stop so no need to plan the counterweight as a stop mechanism.  I'm just awfully rusty on the physics needed to figure out a simple counterweight.  Available is 1" box tubing 1/8" wall and pipe pieces 2.5", 3", and 4" and LOTS of excess lead sinkers.  I estimate the door has an opening weight of about 40lbs.  Would like to avoid trial and error welding if there is a known better way.

    BTW: Reconfigured my steering wheel today and finished the CC door clamps today using Destaco clamps.  Also welded in my RF plate 90% until I ran out of MIG wire.  Need to get a new 10 lbs solid wire spool and swap gas bottles as well.  Will do that Tuesday.  I've got a 10 lbs spool of flux core but don't care for it.

    Jerry
     
  9. No suggestions on counterbalance design?
     
  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

     
  11. radioguy

    radioguy Smoking Fanatic

  12. Thanks fellas.  I hope to give it a shot tomorrow.

    Jerry
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2015
  13. Just for the fun of it, from dimensions, I have a retired school and college friend (engineer type) working on geometry and physics of it to arrive at a 15 lbs lift weight for the door with minimal protrusion off the back of the unit.  Will advise.  Ran out of wire so exchanged bottles today (60 for an 80) and bought an 11# spool of wire at LWS.  Back at it tomorrow.

    Jerry
     
  14. Changed the door handle today and gave it a brush coat of paint  to halt rusting.  Still waiting on thermometers and a decision on counterweight design, so more welding ahead.  Added two gaskets I salvaged from a GE double oven we had to replace.  Used high temp red gasket silicone as adhesive on the bottom of the unpainted gasket strips.  It really seems to clamp down and seal well.  I used black electricians tape to isolate the gasket from the curing tank paint. It only got to 55 today so both will take some time to cure.  I hope it holds.  Have included some pictures to fuel the mind.






     
  15. Nice, nice, nice 

    Gary
     
  16. radioguy

    radioguy Smoking Fanatic

    Looking good !!
     
  17. Gunna have TBS coming out in no time

    Gary
     
  18. A few finer touches added today from the original ship desk parts and part of the stainless top off a scrap commercial oven. Need to add some steel to the expanded metal where wood will be stored. Next the counterweight for the 60 lbs door. I'm going to have to figure out a heavier steering wheel. It is developing a flat spot.  Stainless shelf is 17" deep and 58" wide.

    Jerry







     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2015
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  19. Mighty Fine Looking Smoker    Nice Job        [​IMG]

    Gary
     
  20. Thanks Gary.  I hope to produce some Qview in the next few weeks, at the latest.

    Jerry
     

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