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Eclipse. The 1000 gallon pit by The pit Smoker

Remy Bernabela

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As promised in my 500 gallon thread I'm starting a new one featuring my new 1000 gallon build. She's called Eclipse, because this will be one of the handful largest smokers in the Caribbean and surely the biggest BBQ grill on the island next to my 500 gallon.
I started 2 years ago on a Weber Kettle and have build 3 smokers to date. But now I am opening a restaurant in a few months. Next to the restaurant I will keep the catering part off business which helped me get to this point so fast. So here we go....

The tank and the house I will turn into my BBQ joint. We will focus on the smoker and occasionally I will update on the house.
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The soil is very soft and the slightest rain turns it into clay. So I could not set the tank leveled. What I did was put the tank on 2 pieces of pipe so it could b rolled over without any effort. Also I welded a quick tool to find the centre line and go from there. I just measure the distances of the cuts, mark it, turn the tank until that mark is the new centre line and mark it across and roll the tank back to the original centre line.
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Marking the tank this way was a breeze!!! The end caps were as easy too. I marked the 6" radius for the 12" elbow. The doors are also marked.
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I saved the end caps of my 500 gallon. It's also 41" diameter. The 500 gallon is a reverse flow with warmer added later. I joined the pieces back together so I can have the "two tanks together look". It will have a 43" long x 24" diameter 3/8" pipe with a 30" pipe around it giving me 3" gap in between. The firebox will be insulated.
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That's it for now. Now it's time for the hinges (pipe and rod) and then I can start cutting once the location has electricity. Otherwise I'll start on the firebox at home.
 

JC in GB

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Very nice. Will be following your build.

JC :emoji_cat:
 

Remy Bernabela

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Good god man. What's not to love about this project?
The colour the tank might become after time. I don't like painted smokers. I saw it has like a beige base coat under the white paint. I hope it matches with the elbow, smokestack and the firebox.

I got me a 12" to 10" reducer, a 10.25" pipe 10 ft long. I pulled out my piece of 48" x 24" pipe 3/8" thick an have the machine chop roll me a 28" pipe for the outer skin of the firebox. When all parts are in place I'll apply that "social distancing" thing and get to work. I should be able to assemble her in two weeks. Still waiting for the expanded metal sheets to arrive from Miami, but when she's standing on her skids, I'll use the grates of my 500 gallon to start testing her out.

Stay tuned!
 

Remy Bernabela

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So I knocked out this firebox in 2 days. But before that, I wanted to gather all the mayor materials I need to build this smoker. Then I can work at my own pace without interruption and knowing there is no delays.

The firebox is made out of a 15/64" rolled sheet, 28" diameter x 40" long, with a 24" diameter, 3/8" thick inner pipe. I joined the sphere of my previous 500 gallon RF build and build my own "250 gallon cut in half" tank.
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I made and test fitted this hinge from scratch and made a jig to bend the rest easily. But my new girlfriend's father is a contractor who build refinery tanks too. So I had my 5/8" rods bend for free with the metal sheet bender....

Tomorrow I'll weld the 12" elbow and reducer and make the first piece and hinges for the collapsible smokestack. I have to smoke for some orders, so Saturday I should be able to finish the stack.
 

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JC in GB

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Wow, very nice work sir. Can't wait you see your next stage.

JC :emoji_cat:
 

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