Nope, not as wide. Maybe 6 - 7 inches narrower. The gap from the end is about 2 to 3 inches. The aluminum plate you see will eventually be tipped at an angle. That is more of a drippings shield. There is another 10 x 10 piece of steel sheet under the diamond plate that is acting as the diffuser plate. That stands off the burn pot by about 3 inches. With the diamond plate in the flat position, it is a great spot for the AMNPS to sit. It was somewhat isolated from the direct flame and worked quite well the short time it was in there. I may have to build a gizmo for the AMNPS to sit on when it is tipped up or maybe I'll just leave it alone....we'll see.Looks good. Is your diffuser plate the width of your fridge? And how big is the gap at the end?
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It's holding up great. Being the fridge is so well insulated, heat is not an issue. The outside of the smoker remains cool to the touch when in operation. As far as specifics on the paint, it actually is considered a 3 stage paint job. I used the Createx Auto Air paint system, which is a water based system, followed up with conventional clear coat. The system consists of 1) sealer, 2) color coat, 3) pearl coat, and 4) clear. First I pounded out some dents and filled with body filler. My body work skills.......amateur at best, but it turned out OK. After scuffing with scotchbrite pads, Createx sealer white was applied as a base. That was followed up with the 2-tone color coat, which is Createx Auto Air 4300 Series Opaque colors. Then, the pearl coat is applied. That is a mixture of Auto Air's clear carrier base with a gold sparkle dry pearl, which I got from Paint with Pearl.com. He sells it in little baggies and is an extremely good value. That was sprayed over the entire fridge for the pearl effect. Then, the final stage is the clear. I used some clear from Napa Auto Parts. I believe the brand is Acme. The lettering and pin striping is all cut vinyl, even the gold leaf. I am a sign maker on the side. Also, I got all the Auto Air stuff from Coast Airbrush.com.
A few questions about your paint: How is it holding up? Is it a single stage or a multi-stage? DId you use an overlay material for the gold logo and the pin striping? Just curious. I'm about to paint my conversion. Does your white have any pearl in it?
Thank you, sir.
If its possible to have smoker envy I have it. What a beautiful rig you built there.
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