My first smoker build

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by nick v, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. nick v

    nick v Smoke Blower

     
  2. nick v

    nick v Smoke Blower

     
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nick, evening..... Well, looks like you got the upload worked out.... Smoker looks good.... Nice stuff you got done.....

    Dave
     
  4. bullypitbbq

    bullypitbbq Fire Starter

    Nick v awesome looking smoker. I was curious, didnt read anything abt a top shelf being installed. Maybe I missed something. I guess my question is, are gna utilize the top space of ur cc with a top grate? Would almost be able to double ur cooking area.
     
  5. bullypitbbq

    bullypitbbq Fire Starter

    Not only that, ur rails will serve as extra support for the thinner gage cc and would reduce warping around the door where it is very critical for keeping door fully flanged. Just a thought. By the way, love the craftsmanship.
     
  6. nick v

    nick v Smoke Blower

    Thanks bully. I thought about an upper grate but I don't know if I would ever use it. I know it's better to have and not need but I'm on a time crunch also to get this thing out of the shop so my dad can start building his trailer. I'm hoping it won't warp any. My door seals decent but there is still a gap along the bottom that is irritating the piss out of me. I have gasket material but I hate to use that on just the bottom and nowhere else. Lesson learned, never use a thin gauge tank for building a smoker!!
     
  7. nick v

    nick v Smoke Blower

    Almost done. I moved the wheels to the back of my fire box and it helped a lot. Got the stack and cap/damper done last night and got
    high heat paint thrown on her.
     
  8. nick v

    nick v Smoke Blower

    Oops. Just realized I posted those pics already. Here are some more of my fire box upper air intake and my paint job.
     
  9. lendecatural

    lendecatural Smoking Fanatic

    Great Job!! I'm sure you are ready to roll some smoke.
     
  10. nick v

    nick v Smoke Blower

    Fired her up tonight to help set the paint. Can I spray down the outside and rub it down with cooking spray to make it shine or do I leave it alone?
     
  11. If you think you might want to apply another coat of paint, hold off on spraying it down with any oil.
     
  12. nick v

    nick v Smoke Blower

    Okay. Does it usually take two coats? Is spraying it down with the cooking spray a good idea?
     
  13. I like to stack about four light coats, and I prefer not to spray down the outside, it attracts dirt and once you do, you can't touch up the paint anymore. I like to keep a spray can handy and once a year or so, hit the areas around the firebox that start to burn off.

    Some people will swear on spraying the outside down, it's just not for me.
     
  14. Agree with RW on this, oil on the outside just creates work, constantly keeping the dust off and repainting would be a nightmare !!

    Jason
     
  15. nick v

    nick v Smoke Blower

    Good to know. Thanks
     
  16. nick v

    nick v Smoke Blower

    Well I went this morning and pulled my smoker out of the rain and as soon as I opened my fire box door the gasket fell
    off. I guess that cement doesn't hold too well when it gets wet. Any ideas on what to use?
     
  17. High temp gasket maker sticks well, might want to run a bead between the gasket and the steel.

    Where did it pull loose? From the steel or the gasket?
     
  18. alaska

    alaska Meat Mopper

    I like the handles on the RF plate
     
  19. nick v

    nick v Smoke Blower

    Pulled loose from the steel like it was never even glued. The moisture had to have something to do with it because the firebox gasket was sticking just fine for several days before it got wet.
     
  20. Hard to tell, could be solvents from the paint or contaminates on the surface. Wipe it with alcohol and try the high temp gaskets maker. That stuff sticks like crazy.
     

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