Jumping into the fray......

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by rwtrower, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. rwtrower

    rwtrower Fire Starter

    This is what I got for $100 24" x 84" on boat trailer No separate firebox.

    Well used by former builder/owner. He needed money. Rack supports need re-welding.

    Right side was used as firebox. He blocked right stack to achieve the proper airflow to the left side.

    It's tacked to the trailer.

    Plans at this time are to install a firebox tank in the back with the appropriate sized hole and heat baffle.

    Questions? Comments? Snide Remarks? All are welcome.
    Remember though, I'm tight as a stripe on a nine-ball.
  2. bman62526

    bman62526 Smoking Fanatic

    Wow - for $100 that seems like a damn good deal. Have you thought about positioning the firebox on the BACK of the unit, as opposed to on the end? I'm sure you know what I mean, there are lots of those types out there. Considering that you already have two exhaust pipes, this unit is really set up nicely to have the firebox positioned this way. Plus, the unit is so long, you would have a huge difference from side to side if you have the firebox on one end. Just a thought. Have fun with the project!
  3. bman62526

    bman62526 Smoking Fanatic

    oops - I'll bet this is what I was talking about...looks like you already thought of that [​IMG] I missed it the first time - guess you are way ahead of me!
  4. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Off to a great start..........[​IMG]
  5. rwtrower

    rwtrower Fire Starter

    Yep, that was what I was thinking. I have a friend that has a scrap yard and another that runs a propane company. Between them I am sure I can find a 100lb bottle for the fire box. I am not ahead of anyone here. I am so far behind, I think I'm first!
  6. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I heard that the State Police have an APB out on rwtrower for STEALING this cooker!!. Way to go rwt.

    I would pull it off the trailer, build a stand on the trailer (removing the carpeted boat guides of course) and the replaing the cooker on the stand. It will keep you up off of your knees when cooking with the thing plus it would give you underneath the cooker to place a fire box without having to widen the trailer.
  7. rwtrower

    rwtrower Fire Starter

    I have a metal pallet that will work great for a stand. Bigger tires on the trailer will help also. Thanks, Dutch.
  8. rwtrower

    rwtrower Fire Starter

    Alex, I go to Arnold/Severna Park regularly. Maybe I'll see ya down at City Dock.
  9. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great find...

    Don't you think that the exhausts are placed a little low on it?
  10. rwtrower

    rwtrower Fire Starter

    I thought about that. They are 4" stainless and meet about a 3" hole in the tank. The hole is just below the current rack level. Do you think this is a 'show stopper', or can I just try it as is and see what happens?
  11. coyote-1

    coyote-1 Smoking Fanatic

    I'd try it as-is. It should work just fine.
  12. rwtrower

    rwtrower Fire Starter

    Thanks Coyote, nothing is the path of least resistance, and I'm all about that right now.
    Since this won't be a reverse flow rig, I don't believe the stack position is as critical. We'll see. Thanks again for the help.
  13. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I know paint it pink and the police will drive right by. But it looks like you got a heck of a deal there Rwtrower.
  14. rwtrower

    rwtrower Fire Starter

    I have a question. Does the 1/3 fire box to cook chamber rule apply only to off-set fireboxes placed on the end? I am putting my tank/firebox centered and slightly lower than the cooking tank/chamber. I have a air compressor tank for the firebox at this time but it is not 1/3 the size. I am thinking that since the heat is not going to have to travel the length of the tank I might be able to get it up to temp even though the firebox is not the recommended 1/3. What say ye?

    Also, I have some 250 gal propane tanks that have been decommissioned by my buddy at the local propane company. Yours for the taking.
  15. rwtrower

    rwtrower Fire Starter

    My last post was back in October. My father-in-law had a stroke on the 12th of that month and he passed in January. Just now back to the project.

    I got a bigger trailer to mount it on and acquire a plasma cutter and some other implements of destruction to help.

    Thanks for all your support here on the board. Nice to be back.
  16. smokin' dick

    smokin' dick Smoking Fanatic

    Nice to have you back. Condolences to the family.
    Don't know anything about fire box ratios, etc but the stacks at or slightly below grate level will be fine.

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