Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by gary s, Jun 14, 2015.

  1. So far all the material with the exception of some flat bar and round rod

    was in my son's scrap pile'

    We started with a 18" dia. x 42" long piece of pipe

    Cut out fire box, welded angle to sides for wood rack, squared it up, tacked it together

    and welded it out

    Everything leveled and squared up, Tacking it together

    Should have done this before welding Fire Box together, Rotated everything 180º to

    weld on bolts for FB deflector plate. Using 1/2 " bolts

    Deflector Plate, Using a uni-bit to drill 1" holes  "Plenty of room for contraction, and


    Another picture of bolts welded out

    Framing up for the Fire Box Door

    These are not bad blades, we were cutting thicker than recommended.

    Fire box door finished (well almost), checking the fit

    Cutting out the bottom damper. Drilled the top one

    Here they are, door done, Used the same bullet hinges for the fire box and the CC 


    We marked out the door, and ready to be cut

    Making the top cut and half way down each side

    Then we measure and cut a piece of flat bar, tack it on and position and weld on

    the hinges. ( we installed 2 to make sure everything was like it was supposed to be)

    then we installed the third one.

    We tacked a piece of scrap inside at the bottom of the door cut to catch door

    on the final cut.

    Door cut out, a really a good fit. Won't be much tweaking  

    Trimming out the rest of the door

    We never weld in our RF plate, We weld in flat bar ant a 1/2 " drop from FB end to the

    opposite end. The first 5" of plate is welded in solid, The RF plate sits on the flat bar

    Here is the deflector plate installed Ran the bolts up but left a little play

    Starting on the stack, Went with square tubing because he had about 3 - 20' sticks

    in the scrap pile.

    OK here you can see what the RF plate looks like. We welded a piece of flat bar to the

    welded in piece of RF plate so the main plat slips right under and buts up it.

    Take a little time and grind a little bevel down the edges of the RF plate and

    you will have a perfect fit.

    Door stops tacked on

    Drain installed in bottom of Cook Chamber, ground smooth.

    Installing the guides for the pull out racks

    One end all closed up. a little grinding later on

    Like I said everything out of the scrap pile, closing up the other end.

    Needs to be cleaned up, welded out and ground smooth

    Got the hole cut for the stack

    Squared, leveled and tacking it on

    Needed a handle for the door  and the fire box too

    Damper done

    Frames for the racks

    Drilled hole for gauge, and installed hood over gauge

    Wood/Charcoal rack for the Fire Box

    Decided to do a test run yesterday, to see what tweaking it needs.

    A little Cook Chamber Door and Fire Box Latch Adjustment, That was it

    Took her up to a little over 400º and let her go for a while, started backing her down to

    about 250º sprayed the entire inside of the CC with cooking oil, added more wood got

    it back to almost 400 º then started playing with the dampers to see how they were

    controlling heat, Working Great ! Kept spraying cooking oil and bringing the temp up

    and down. about 3 - 3.5 hours, Then My son decided to cook some of my

    Buck Board Bacon (After I left) 

    Here is a shot of the Fire Box and Pecan

    He needs to look in his buddies scrap pile to find some material for the legs

    Still have to build work table, wood rack and install the ball valve for the drain.

    Some sanding ,grinding, clean up and paint. That's about all.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2015
  2. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nice Gary & it'll kick out some great Q ! Nice job ! I have no building skills, so I sure envy those who do !
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Awesome Gary!![​IMG][​IMG]

    And a Great Step by Step!!!-----------------[​IMG]

    My Son can do that kind of stuff, but not me!  I gotta stick to Wood!!!

  4. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks absolutely outstanding, Gary. I know y'all are proud of the work. I know I would be. Can't wait for the finished pics. I chuckled when I saw that bacon on there and not even any legs. That sure is confidence. I guess you could always design a crane to hold it up. Joe
  5. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Gary it looks great, you do know it is incomplete without.

    Here is the deflector plate installed Rune the bolts up but leave a little play

    Nice job Points


  6. Thanks Guys  It won't take long to get that one finished up and painted, Already planning the Vertical RF We built an insulated version a couple of years ago, This one will not be insulated and slightly different

  7. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Gary, you and your son,  do great work!!!!  Wish I had the skills to do that.  [​IMG]Reinhard.
  8. Thanks, I guess I should Have proofed it better, But I fixed it   

  9. Hello Gary.  I sure miss those days.  Sometimes we used to try to come up with new wild and crazy ideas.  Beer can holders.  Hot plates for warming tortillas.  All sorts of things.

    Looks GREAT!  Thanks for posting.  Keep Smokin!

  10. lendecatural

    lendecatural Smoking Fanatic

    Great job Gary! We sure didn't have to beg for Q-view!!!! I'm glad you guys were impatient, it's great you got such detailed pictures, it will help anyone that views in the future. [​IMG]
  11. Thanks Bear, I helped more on the first few, He has 2 speeds, wide open or stop, I do the design work and calculations and help with the layout, fitting and a bunch of holding.   But he tells me "I've got it " just take it easy.

  12. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    But , Gary , that's what Son's are suppose to do , mine takes credit for everything . . . [​IMG]

    Nice Smoker and good work.

  13. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    wow...heck of a scrap pile....great job.....soon to be seen on Pit Masters smokin' up some briskets?......Willie
  14. Thanks, Willie
  15. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hey Gary

    Fantastic job.  Good combination--a great designer and an exceptional welder/fabricator.  Lotta talent there!! Just looking at the workmanship makes me green with envy.  Good thing I'm a truck driver because I have absolutely no skill for that sort of thing.

    Really looking forward to the final pictures.    [​IMG]  

    This was pretty much a tutorial on how to build an R F Smoker from scratch.  Great job and great pictures.


  16. aceoky

    aceoky Smoking Fanatic

    That is really awesome and doing it with your son = Priceless!
  17. Thanks, guys and for the points

  18. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow looks great Gary.

    I would love to build one. I will be looking at this when the time comes.
  19. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So which of you is the welder and which is the welder's helper? I've not burnt many rods, but I have sure ground out a bunch of stringers and buffed a load of beads.

    Thats a lot of work, how much beer did it take? We always judged the job on a beer to work ratio....LOL

    Looking good Gary.

    Ya know all the welders I ever worked for would roll up the leads and hit the asphault when the first mention of pits was heard.....LOL
  20. Thanks Gary Much appreciated 


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