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My Weekend Project

hawgheaven

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I got bored... needed something to tinker with. So, I did what every male with a case of the shack nasties would do; I went out to the garage. While standing there, looking around and taking inventory, I looked up into the rafters and what did I see? An old metal sliding board from an old swing set, that had been up there since before I moved into the place. Bingo! I have found my project...

What the heck would someone do with an old sliding board, you ask? Make a coal lighting chimney, of course!


I needed something large enough to light a good pile of lump charcoal. Everything I've seen locally was too small, more geared toward briquets. Necessity is the mother of invention! I might have gone overboard a bit, but that's okay, this thing will hold some charcoal!

As you can see, it is not quite finished yet. I still need to add some holes, legs and the bottom grate. I'll post more when it's done...
 

triple b

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Looks good Hawg!
Amazing what you can come up with!
It almost looks a little heavy(is it?)
Should do the trick.
 

hawgheaven

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Thanks!

It is a tad on the heavy side, but not unmanagable. At the very least, I'll get a good workout when using it!
 

bbq bubba

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If theres any of that slide left, i'll take one of those! Great idea
 

domn8_ion

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If it's heavy now, wait till you fill it. Maybe if you have any extra material, try to add a second handle. It could help with control of the starter. Plus how many people can say they double fist while starting their cooker.
 

hawgheaven

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Well, let me test this puppy first... I want to make sure it works.
 

hawgheaven

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It's really not too bad... but it also isn't finished yet.
I think it will be managable.
 

hawgheaven

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Here's the final product. The "lighting chamber" does not exist on this version, as it will be lit over my propane burner. BTW, the measurments are 9.5" x 9.5" x 12". Lots of volume!
 

deejaydebi

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How about hinged leg and wheels so you could roll it up to the burner, light it then roll it to the soker dump it in?
 

hawgheaven

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Not a bad idea there Debi! It just so happens that I have some wheels and more sheet metal lying in the garage... hmmm...


Thanks teacup! It was fun building it. I guess I went a little overboard on it's size with its roomy 1083 cubic inches of coal chamber...
 

msmith

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Hawg there's no such thing as going overboard when it comes to building smokers and smoking implements . Great job man.
 

hawgheaven

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Thanks! I'll fire it up this weekend and let everyone know the performance results.
 

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