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SmokinEdge

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Where we live we have 100’s of thousands of acres of public lands, state wide I think there are more public acres than private. Anyway these lands go from low foothills to mountain tops. But the lower “adobe” public ground get all kinds of people who think that it is their private dumping grounds. They dump everything from tree trimmings to concrete steps, old televisions or refrigerators all appliances actually. It’s a constant clean up by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) people go out to these places to shoot and they have no lack in targets, lol. It’s sad, especially since our landfill is not expensive at all and is a short drive…..


At any rate I cruse these locations and pick up brass for reloading so I’m around often. Couple days ago I found an old fuel tank someone dumped. It’s 12’ long, 40” in diameter and at least 3/16” thick but might be 1/4”. Ends have been cut off so it just a big piece of pipe. I’m going tomorrow morning with the backhoe and forks to pick it up and bring it home, help clean the public grounds and give me free steel to build a couple smokers, big smokers, lol.

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I’m thinking a vertical wood/charcoal smoker and possibly a whole hog cooker. What the heck, the main body is free.
 
Ideas are all welcome a fluid right now. I’ll get it home and dial in a plan, but at the price of steel it’s a great find plus I can’t figure out why they didn’t just take it to the metal recycling place. They would have paid them for it. Might have only been 25 bucks, but that is a quarter tank of gas and not trashing up the public lands. Oh well free to me……
 
Nice find Eric, that will make one heck of a nice smoker! Building of any kind was never my strong suit… so no advise I can offer… but I will definitely be watching!
 
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Just filled my oxygen and acetylene bottles. Was 450 bucks. Wow prices are up.
These are the mid sized bottles. On the farm we had the tall bottles and back then 20 years ago, we’re about 450 to fill. Now the mid size are same cost for half as much gas. Not cool.
 
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Where we live we have 100’s of thousands of acres of public lands, state wide I think there are more public acres than private. Anyway these lands go from low foothills to mountain tops. But the lower “adobe” public ground get all kinds of people who think that it is their private dumping grounds. They dump everything from tree trimmings to concrete steps, old televisions or refrigerators all appliances actually. It’s a constant clean up by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) people go out to these places to shoot and they have no lack in targets, lol. It’s sad, especially since our landfill is not expensive at all and is a short drive…..


At any rate I cruse these locations and pick up brass for reloading so I’m around often. Couple days ago I found an old fuel tank someone dumped. It’s 12’ long, 40” in diameter and at least 3/16” thick but might be 1/4”. Ends have been cut off so it just a big piece of pipe. I’m going tomorrow morning with the backhoe and forks to pick it up and bring it home, help clean the public grounds and give me free steel to build a couple smokers, big smokers, lol.

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I’m thinking a vertical wood/charcoal smoker and possibly a whole hog cooker. What the heck, the main body is free.
Wow nice find, AND getting to help clean up the land!!!
 
Just filled my oxygen and acetylene bottles. Was 450 bucks. Wow prices are up.
I have a big oxy/acetylene setup. I've also been eyeing up plasma cutters, but you need really dry air to run them. The humidity stays pretty high around here so drying the air is the main hurdle for me.

I also do a lot more cutting with the angle grinder and a cutoff wheel than torches, when possible, these days. Less cleanup and warping.
 
I have a big oxy/acetylene setup. I've also been eyeing up plasma cutters, but you need really dry air to run them. The humidity stays pretty high around here so drying the air is the main hurdle for me.

I also do a lot more cutting with the angle grinder and a cutoff wheel than torches, when possible, these days. Less cleanup and warping.
Just a simple air dryer on the outlet of the compressor and on the inlet of the plasma will work fine. I have a big plasma cutter but not a 220v plug. Could fashion one though pretty simple, I’ve thought of that. Much cheaper than gas.
 
You can hack one with 2 110 plugs on opposite phases of your service, but it really isn't recommended to do it that way.
Yup, understand. I have a pedestal that I have access to outside and can do straight 240v out of with breaker. Since we sold the farm I don’t have a shop building here so have to have a cord and be outdoors. May still be worth it. I love the sun.
 
Yup, understand. I have a pedestal that I have access to outside and can do straight 240v out of with breaker. Since we sold the farm I don’t have a shop building here so have to have a cord and be outdoors. May still be worth it. I love the sun.
Yeah, if you have a panel you can run straight off of, it'd be the way to go even if it puts you outside to use it.
 
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