I love BBQ! I've got some tools! I kinda have to build one, don't I ?

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by bubbonehead, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. Wasn't expecting snow this morning! Glad I got that old trailer with the donor axle out of the back yard yesterday!

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    Looks like some kind of Mad Max dragster or something. Cool but not what I need.

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    Ah, that's better! But dang that took some doing!

    I had no idea that axle was solid until I cut into it.

    So that ate up a bunch of time to do it correctly!

    Here's the step by step before someone gets concerned that I might endanger a family of vacationers.

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    That's a bunch of wire right there!
     
  2. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    looks good but I have a problem with the kiss term ..lol  I welded mine then put some channel about two feet long around it for a just in case and welded

    that all the way around the axle.. I know it is overkill but I know I don't have to worry about it anymore..lol[​IMG]

    Your build is looking great can't wait to see it done [​IMG]
     
  3. Like this build! Great latch on fire door. Gotta keep it tight. I was thinking of something along that line for an air tight latch. Bet it works great.

    Good fit prep on the axle and weld out. There are some areas where you can't over do it and this is one of them.

    I thought it was cold here, but you're lucky to have a place indoors to work. It got down to the high 20s last couple of nights and now I won't go outside until 9 or 10 in the morning. No snow or wind and lots of sunshine here, just cold.

    Looks like there's light at the end of your tunnel!
     
  4. Thank you sir. The fire door lock down works great. That piece of steel has a slight bow to it so once I draw it down with this it is nice and tight all around. The previous life of that 1/2 inch steel was to keep the jacks of big rig trailers from going through the asphalt at a loading dock. The company that had them replaced them with concrete and it became one of those right place at the right time deals. My welding table is made from a piece also, that and some 3/8" wall round tubing that I also lucked up on for less than scrap price. The table weighs like 1100 pounds and doesn't budge no matter what I do to it. Ahh, the simple pleasures!

     By the way, I enjoyed reading about your ordeal with air intake. I constantly change my design mid stream for the same reasons. Seems Like I hear that engineer's voice in my ear again!
     
  5. Got my trailer pretty much there today. In the morning I'll clean up some welds and take better pictures. Sorry most of mine are night shots. That's when she makes me come in the house to eat!

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    Oh yeah, the third temp gauge showed up today too. My stepson said I should name her Smokester. What do you think?
     
  6. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

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  7. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wow it looks amazing
     
  8. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    oh yea that rig is looking good brother great work! [​IMG]
     
  9. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Mighty impressive, you'r on the home stretch now.  EXCELLENT JOB![​IMG]
     
  10. This has been a great build. You have done a fantastic job.

    I hope this smoker gives you many great smokes in 

    the future. Excellent workmanship.

    Happy Smokin'

    Mike
     
  11. In the daylight.

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    So what goes through a "normal" person's mind when they come up behind this on the road?

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    I had to bend the handles for my intake dampeners. I measure right for the frame but didn't think about the bolts in the hangers.

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    I took her for a little test ride. Pulls great, straight and steady! I can only see the tops of the stacks in my mirror above that big Harley sticker in my back window. She's so short and narrow I can only see her in my side mirrors when turning. This also made backing up difficult.

    I'm going to take a break from it for a little while before adding fenders and a propane fire starter. I'm thinking of a detachable prep surface over the tire also.
     
  12. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That's a beauty! Can't wait to see her in action!
     
  13. Looks great. Are you going to add a platform for standing on while you cook.
     
  14. mmain1

    mmain1 Newbie

    Wholly Moley!  What a great build!  Looks great.
     
  15. tjohnson

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

    I'm diggin' the build

    Todd
     
  16. Thanks. No, the lower cook grate is only 40" off the ground. Seems like a pretty good work hidth.
     
  17. OK, I let it sit long enough. I smoked a couple slabs and a shoulder yesterday. Sorry, no Q-view. Food doesn't sit still long enough to get pics around this house!

    But I did work on my gas fire starter. I used this to get the hickory going yesterday and was happy enough with it to cut a hole and make it part of this ugly contraption.

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    Ooooh FIRE!!!

    I'm thinking I'll replace the hose with hard line before paint. Speaking of which, I had Harley black and orange in mind. It's also my high school colors.

    But the more I look at her I'm thinking maybe John Deere green and yellow. What do you think? Something else maybe? I need ideas.
     
  18. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  There is only 1 thing I can think of that would make it better...........................Pic's of it with some good  Q on her.
     
  19. I say go with what you like best. You just need to get flame resistant paint. VHT makes different colors, but they're hard to get here. It's a silica ceramic based paint that if cured right is good to 2000 degrees. I really like your propane assist! That's looks like something I might incorporate into my smoker.  How does the double stacks work out. Do you think it's necessary?
     
  20. Thanks, I'll check into the VHT paint. I did the double stacks really because that's what I had lying around and according to the calculater I needed two of that diameter for the correct volume. That being said, it works GREAT. I'm very glad I did it this way.
     

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