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  Topic: Sad story about R&O smokers
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 7
Views: 3760

PostForum: Cookers   Posted: Fri Aug 26 16 12:33 am   Subject: Sad story about R&O smokers
General business practice is be on time and if your not going to make a deadline, you've got to let the customer know. If you can't meet a deadline you shouldn't take a deposit. The fact he's dodgin ...
  Topic: Charcoal basket or not
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 5
Views: 1461

PostForum: Cookers   Posted: Thu Aug 18 16 12:26 am   Subject: Charcoal basket or not
I've got a sheet of 18 gauge stainless maybe I'll use that.

Kyle
  Topic: Charcoal basket or not
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 5
Views: 1461

PostForum: Cookers   Posted: Wed Aug 17 16 11:14 pm   Subject: Charcoal basket or not
I guess I'm building a basket then. As for the chimney, when you said light weight it made me realize a piece of 3/16 wall 6 inch tube 18 inches long isn't going to be very manageable. I've got some ...
  Topic: Charcoal basket or not
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 5
Views: 1461

PostForum: Cookers   Posted: Wed Aug 17 16 2:11 pm   Subject: Charcoal basket or not
I just finished building a 60 gallon reverse flow. I'm just wondering if I should fab up a charcoal basket or not. Also has anyone on here ever built their own chimney starter. I've never been a fa ...
  Topic: Will a horizontal drum be ok for a first time smoker..etc?
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 25
Views: 8830

PostForum: Cookers   Posted: Sun Aug 07 16 1:14 pm   Subject: Will a horizontal drum be ok for a first time smoker..etc?
I would go with ugly drum smoker. Which if done right aren't ugly. Very easy to get and will last longer in that configuration than making it an offset.

Kyle
  Topic: Exhaust plenum
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 4
Views: 1362

PostForum: Cookers   Posted: Fri Aug 05 16 6:03 am   Subject: Exhaust plenum
Email sent kam. It's nice to get actual replies and answers to questions. I'm almost done with this smoker and now I'm not sure about whether it's going to flow good.

Thanks, Kyle
  Topic: Exhaust plenum
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 4
Views: 1362

PostForum: Cookers   Posted: Fri Aug 05 16 3:03 am   Subject: Exhaust plenum
Is there a formula or general rule to what size and shape an exhaust plenum is? I used 6 inch square tube for mine angled one end and capped it. The 6x6 end is welded to the CC. A self appointed gu ...
  Topic: Welding thin stainless
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 5
Views: 5622

PostForum: Welding   Posted: Fri Jul 15 16 4:44 pm   Subject: Welding thin stainless
If you can stick 16 gauge mild steel you shouldn't have a problem with stainless. The cleanup is a lot more than tig.
  Topic: Miller or Hypertherm Plasma Cutter?
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 21
Views: 13266

PostForum: Welding   Posted: Fri Jul 08 16 2:48 am   Subject: Miller or Hypertherm Plasma Cutter?
I'd much rather cut aluminum with a saw. Plasma makes a mess of it. But for mild steel and stainless plasma is great. I've never had a problem with the slag, if you get your travel speed right and ...
  Topic: Multiple passes for 3/8 firebox?
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 9
Views: 8314

PostForum: Welding   Posted: Fri Jul 01 16 2:42 am   Subject: Multiple passes for 3/8 firebox?
Desertpits sorry it took so long for a reply. I'm in antelope Valley not far from you. I'd love to meet up sometime there's not many people around here into bbq. Smoking is new to me I've been doin ...
  Topic: Tuning plates
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 7
Views: 1612

PostForum: Cookers   Posted: Mon Jun 27 16 2:23 pm   Subject: Tuning plates
I wouldn't use any kind of aluminum no matter the grade. Dissimilar metals either joined by welding or just sitting against each other, when subjected to heat and moisture will corrode at an abnormal ...
  Topic: grill - metal thickness?
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 1
Views: 1147

PostForum: Cookers   Posted: Sat Jun 11 16 1:42 pm   Subject: grill - metal thickness?
I've built a few santa maria grills. The most shallow one was 8 inches deep but usually I go with a foot. I've been building them with a 55 gallon drum split in half the long way lately. As far as ...
  Topic: 80 Gallon Reverse flow smoker build . new pics 5/17/16
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 35
Views: 10892

PostForum: Cookers   Posted: Thu Jun 02 16 2:58 am   Subject: 80 Gallon Reverse flow smoker build . new pics 5/17/16
I would put the flange on that one side of the FB door. I don't have any experience with a smoker but if an airtight wood stove door leaks it will warp the door from excessive heat.
  Topic: 80 Gallon Reverse flow smoker build . new pics 5/17/16
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 35
Views: 10892

PostForum: Cookers   Posted: Thu May 26 16 2:32 am   Subject: 80 Gallon Reverse flow smoker build . new pics 5/17/16
Very impressed by your fabrication skills. And I need a lazer level now after seeing how well they work. Keep up the good work.

Kyle
  Topic: Multiple passes for 3/8 firebox?
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 9
Views: 8314

PostForum: Welding   Posted: Fri May 13 16 10:55 am   Subject: Multiple passes for 3/8 firebox?
I need to get better at stick so I'll probably stick weld it. But in the meantime I should stop thinking about welding it and actually cut the plate. I've also got a couple orders for santa maria gr ...
  Topic: Multiple passes for 3/8 firebox?
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 9
Views: 8314

PostForum: Welding   Posted: Fri May 13 16 1:05 am   Subject: Multiple passes for 3/8 firebox?
Ok I guess I knew one pass wasn't gonna work I just didn't want to do multiple passes. Now just to decide mig or stick. My problem with stick is the whip and pause with the 6011, I'm just not very g ...
  Topic: Multiple passes for 3/8 firebox?
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 9
Views: 8314

PostForum: Welding   Posted: Thu May 12 16 2:28 pm   Subject: Multiple passes for 3/8 firebox?
I'm getting ready to start a RF, and I'm planning on making the FB from 3/8 mostly because I already have it. My question is if I do corner to corner joints will I be able to do one pass? I've been ...
  Topic: Check my numbers
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 5
Views: 1665

PostForum: Cookers   Posted: Fri Jun 06 14 1:17 am   Subject: Check my numbers
Thanks KAM, I guess the question I should have asked is how high up should the fire box be on the CC.

Kyle
  Topic: Check my numbers
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 5
Views: 1665

PostForum: Cookers   Posted: Wed Jun 04 14 11:47 pm   Subject: Check my numbers
Thanks for the reply KAM. How do you lay out the opening from FB to CC. Also is there a formula for the space from bottom of CC to RF plate. I plan on making it a hybrid similar to KAM's. I might ...
  Topic: Check my numbers
SoCalSmoker

Replies: 5
Views: 1665

PostForum: Cookers   Posted: Wed Jun 04 14 3:53 pm   Subject: Check my numbers
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