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Getting closer!!! UPDATED 06-01-08 (pics)

 
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Cranky Buzzard
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01 08 10:06 am    Post subject: Getting closer!!! UPDATED 06-01-08 (pics) Reply with quote

Spent most of the day woking on the pit today and my back is killing me! But, I had a ball! Got the door to the firebox completed and installed, installed the vertical chamber, cut and hinged the door, and got my expanded metal layed out and ready to cut tomorrow.

HEre is the firebox door. I beefed it up quite a bit to prevent warpage...Didn't work! Not even a fire yet and it sprung a bit. GOnna do a good burn before I worry too much about it.



Close up of the damper, need to install the control handle on it.



And the picture of how far I've come with her!!! Getting excited now, can't wait to burn it out this next week.



If I can move tomorrow I'll work on it some more and post pics.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01 08 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good buzzard. Youll probably have it painted this time next week, at the rate your going.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01 08 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pop a couple of Aleve before you go to bed...wake up a new man. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01 08 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're not careful, your going to have a completed smoker soon! Enjoying the build progress pics!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01 08 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do you plan on moving it around?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01 08 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work. You are going to have an great unit there. I like how you made the damper for the fire box. The whole thing looks pretty stout. I can't wait to see that thing full with some smoke coming out of the stack.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02 08 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got a late start today but was able to accomplish ALMOST everything I wanted to.

If I hadn't run out of strap and rod I'd be ready for the first burn!!! Mad

Today I got the sliding grate in the main chamber completed with stops and all, made 3 grates for the vertical (if you haven't made round grates before, try it sometime! It is a pain!), installed the leg and thigh rack in the main chamber, got the smoke stacks on, and made the fire rack. The fire rack is a portion of a project an Ag Student did about 20 years ago. I added the rod to it tonight.

Here is the pit with the stacks in place



A shot showing all the grates



A close up of the grates in the vertical chamber



And a shot of the log rack in all it's ugly glory, by the way, I'm the Ag student from 20 years ago. That is a part of a firewood rack I made years ago, thought it would be fitting to have it in here now. FUGLY as all get out, but I figure if someone wants to poke around in there they can grab it while it's hot! Laughing



Hope to burn her out next weekend!!!

Now I just have to come up with a name!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02 08 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to see its almost done, be sure to post some pics of the burnout. Very Happy
Awesome job on those vertical chamber grates, ill take 4 to go Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03 08 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skidder wrote:
How do you plan on moving it around?


Sorry Skidder, didn't see your post last night.

The plan for a while will be to have it on 8" rubber tires that are rated for 500# each. These are the type that have air in them and are used on heavy duty 2 wheel dollies. An axle will be fitted for front and rear.

I haven't installed them yet for ease of construction, don't want the critter moving on me while I'm welding or grinding. Shocked

In the next month or so the unit will be moved onto a trailer along with the other normal items, wood basket, cooler storage, water container, beer storage Cool , etc...

By my estimation now it weighs in at around 550#.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03 08 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now I'm only a wondering here...but isn't the warming box end sort of low?

It looks like the smoke will enter above the middle rack, I wonder if it will prove too cool below it to use?

Just thunking, nothing known about the construction or maintaining heat in a pit this size!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03 08 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SoEzzy wrote:
Now I'm only a wondering here...but isn't the warming box end sort of low?

It looks like the smoke will enter above the middle rack, I wonder if it will prove too cool below it to use?

Just thunking, nothing known about the construction or maintaining heat in a pit this size!


Dunno, that's one of the reasons I wanted to try it this way. Shocked

I've never seen one done exactly like this (probably for good reason) and wanted something different.

There are 2 points of entry into the vertical chamber with one at the bottom of the horizontal (under the tuning plate level) and the other at the top of the horizontal chamber. Hard to see both in the pictures I have on here. The 3rd picture down shows both of the entry points.

I'll have dampers on both and want to see how it works out.

In the event that it doesn't work as well as I hope, I have a piece of 18" pipe that will be installed in place of the 2-5" tubes I have. That's another reason I haven't bought the paint yet, may need some more tweaking before it's ready for polishing up. Laughing

I'll definitely let everyone know how it goes from burnout to first cook.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03 08 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that just BEAUTIFUL Very Happy can't wait till the first burn
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03 08 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cranky Buzzard wrote:
There are 2 points of entry into the vertical chamber with one at the bottom of the horizontal (under the tuning plate level) and the other at the top of the horizontal chamber. Hard to see both in the pictures I have on here. The 3rd picture down shows both of the entry points.


I hadn't spotted the lower pipe, thanks, that clears it up in my mind! Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03 08 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where's my round grates i ordered from you CB, Oh.... never mind i was daydreaming again. Rolling Eyes
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Where's my round grates i ordered from you CB, Oh.... never mind i was daydreaming again. Rolling Eyes


Whatcha talkin' about? I shipped next day air this morning COD! Laughing
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SoEzzy wrote:
Cranky Buzzard wrote:
There are 2 points of entry into the vertical chamber with one at the bottom of the horizontal (under the tuning plate level) and the other at the top of the horizontal chamber. Hard to see both in the pictures I have on here. The 3rd picture down shows both of the entry points.


I hadn't spotted the lower pipe, thanks, that clears it up in my mind! Wink


Funny you brought this up.

After showing a couple of other BBQ Freaks, I mean fans, at work the pictures this afternoon they all asked the same question.

I need to get some better shots of the interior and such after it's cleaned up a bit.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03 08 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey it looks great
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03 08 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice looking work there Buzzard, Round grates are awesome, Good job!!!!
Keep them pics a coming!!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05 08 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Worked on the pit tonight for a couple of hours, and I am HAPPY to say:


After I install the handles, horizontal door stop, and thermometer mounts I burn on Sunday!!!

I think I may have found a flaw in my design, but I'm gonna hold talking about it until I see how it drafts and such.

That is if the 40 MPH winds we're having now slow up a bit. I'd hate to burn down the neighborhood! Wink

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