FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 


Lessons Learned in Pit Building / Modifying
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Smoke Ring Forum Index -> Cookers Stickys
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
watchado
BBQ Fan


Joined: 16 Jan 2009
Posts: 207
Location: Oklahoma

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27 09 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a half moon damper door where the heat and smoke enters the cooking chamber. Also have a half moon welded in the front of the smoker from the top of the tank down to just below the lower cooking grate. This creates a funneling affect for smoke and heat. The chimney is extended down from the top in to this funnel about 5 inches. I've never tried the tuning plates but having been thinking strongly about it. Will probably add those soon. Slide out racks are a must also. I don't have them now but am about to. Nothing worse then having your head stuck inside the cooker all day. I also think an onboard propane starter is a good idea. You'll get that heavy iron heated up a lot quicker to. One last thing,,,,,,,,,a 2 inch clean out in the bottom. Mines to small now but won't be for long. This has been an ongoing project for 15 years so it's seen lots of cooking time.
_________________
Don't talk smack to me if you can't spell.

Large Big Green Egg
Weber Kettle
250 gallon offset smoker, LP tank
Charmglow gasser
http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=40883
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
dinger
Newbie


Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 89

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27 09 11:46 am    Post subject: Dingers Cooker Reply with quote

All right guys and maybe Alien you too can help me out .I have a 11 x 3.5 opening going into a 20 x48 cooking chamber how high off of the bottom of the chamber do i place the tuning plates { the area of the 11x 3.5 opening?] Or do i just take a geuss and try my luck. I only have 10 inches to first grate so space is limited. Help Rolling Eyes
Dinger from Canada
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
dinger
Newbie


Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 89

PostPosted: Mon Feb 02 09 3:06 am    Post subject: Dingers smoker Reply with quote

Fellow smokers I have just finished welding my fire box[ a 14 gauge box within a 16 gauge box because this metal was free] Now dilemma time. If i rolled my cooking chamber out of 16 gauge[ again because it is free] will it hold its shape when i roll it and then cut out the door [will it spring out of round even though i will have already welded on the ends [20 diax48] \ Or what would be the lightest metal i could use for cooking chamber and maybe still use it for a grill if i needed to. Again just trying to pick all your brains
Any info is good info Thanks Eh.
Dinger from Canada
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
mrcustomsteel
BBQ Super Pro


Joined: 01 Mar 2005
Posts: 1997
Location: Bilings, still a Texan, MT

PostPosted: Sun Feb 08 09 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

16GA won't hold its shape rolled unless you can corrogate it like a 55gal drum. Make a frame out of 1/8x1" strips around it to help it hold its shape and to act as a smoke seal and keep it from falling through.

The main lesson I have learned (the hard way Embarassed ) is put your doors on last. Every time you weld on your cooker, it can warp. So do all your other welding inside and out before you put your doors back on. Then once you have tweaked and bent on them to make them fit, you won't have to do it again if you warp it welding on the smokestack or firebox.
_________________
D. Tillery
Texan transplanted in Billings, MT
www.mrcustomsteel.com
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Alien BBQ
BBQ All Star


Joined: 12 Jul 2005
Posts: 5422
Location: Roswell, New Mexico

PostPosted: Mon Feb 09 09 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The water is kinda under the bridge but this may help. You might want to weld on some straps (like those on a oak barrel) to help maintain the shape of the cylinder. The best idea would be to leave a two inch strip between two smaller doors but many folks would think that it would get in the way.
_________________
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaeloberry
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Yahoo Messenger
Grassman



Joined: 12 Apr 2009
Posts: 13
Location: Texas

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13 09 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My new project is a trailer mounted smoker, made out of a 5 ' piece of 1/4" pipe. That was the thickest I could find around here and it wasn't cheap. I just got my firebox fabbed up and connected yesterday. My next question is what should be next? Cooking grates and tuning plates, or cutting the doors? Or finishing the firebox? I think I'm going to leave the end caps off to the very last for easy access for any modifications inside. Any thought?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
bigdutchman2



Joined: 31 Mar 2009
Posts: 21

PostPosted: Tue Apr 14 09 11:12 am    Post subject: Rack Design Reply with quote

Maybe someone can help....

I'm in the process in building pull-out racks for the cooker I'm building from scratch. It calls for 1x1x1/4. At the door opening another 1x1x1/4 brackets is welded at the end so the rack doesn't tip out. Does anyone have any seigns/ ideas to something better?

Thanks in advance
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Tom C
BBQ Super Pro


Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 1851
Location: N. California

PostPosted: Wed Apr 15 09 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are som pictures of two different ways I did some pull out shelves.



In the picture on teh right you can see how the supports are in place. the angle iron in teh middle is turned to have a flat surface for support in teh middle of the rack. Also, you can see a small strip welded to the angle iron on the far right to keep the rack from tipping when pulled.



On the second one I made two side by side slide ot shelves.
Not sure if this helps but they both work great. Very Happy
_________________
Homemade offset smoker 24"x48"
Charbroil CB900 grill
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Numbutz



Joined: 06 May 2009
Posts: 4
Location: SoCal

PostPosted: Thu May 07 09 12:08 am    Post subject: Brick charcoal grill conversion Reply with quote

Hi all,

I stubmled on this site searching for design concepts for smokers and found Alien BBQ's post most informative. Thank you for that!

My wife and I just completed a kitchen remodel (we both love to cook and entertain) and are turning our sights toward the yard.

There is a brick charcoal grill that we hardly use and I thought it might be worthwhile to convert it to a smoker.

We have natural gas and power in the yard and I'm pretty handy, so building a "set it and forget it" system seems feasible.

My original thoughts are to remove the grill assembly and fabricate stainless racks, door and roof vent. Then add a gas firebox with an automatic fill water reservoir and auger feeder in the lower portion with air intake.

The upper opening is approx. 33"H X 24" W X 18" D. I have posted a pic at: http://www.kodakgallery.com/BrowsePhotos.jsp?&collid=10578970711.967516064211.1241625867898&page=1


Any thoughts, advice, and warnings would be greatly appreciated!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Haelix
Newbie


Joined: 03 Mar 2009
Posts: 50

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24 09 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I built mine before I saw this post, Mine is an offset , but a bit diffrent, my firebox is welded to the cooking chamber , A 6 inch pipe runs the length of the cooking chamber , with holes allong the top of it, small holes at the firebox end and larger holes at the other end, I built a stainless valve to have control of how much smoke/heat goes in, my exhaust is the same size pipe , with a damper valve to slow the flow or open it up to make a better draft, My firebox also has adjustments for airflow to slow the burn.
this system is great and simple, it smokes even , and I can control it, I do have to stay near it for the first few hours to get all the valves and dampers dialed in , then it will hold content temp for about 4 hours( I have to add wood)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Alien BBQ
BBQ All Star


Joined: 12 Jul 2005
Posts: 5422
Location: Roswell, New Mexico

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24 09 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photo site not available....
_________________
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaeloberry
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Yahoo Messenger
ragsbbq
Newbie


Joined: 22 Jul 2009
Posts: 39
Location: Birmingham, AL

PostPosted: Mon Jul 27 09 11:28 pm    Post subject: Tuning Plates - How many? Reply with quote

I just bought the smoker in the pictures below. The guy that built if fabricated up 4 tuning plates that are about 12" wide. I cooked on it for the first time this weekend with the plates mainly on the end closest to the box, with about a 1" gap between them. I was still getting about a 25 degree temperature variation from the middle of one side to the middle of the other. Should I get someone to fabricate me three or four more tuning plates and run them the rest of the way across?

By the way, the Q ended up great - just had to move the meat around a little during the cook to keep everything cooking even.

Thanks in advance for the advice.





Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
MICHAEL STOUT



Joined: 17 Jul 2009
Posts: 17

PostPosted: Mon Feb 01 10 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sound like grate idea pit university hope you don't hold any thing back
I always try to help any chance i get. don't try to ask the more popular pit builder a question. I helped one big pit builder in Texas out. I ask one question about insulating. boy he acted like I was going to steel his business
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
BigOlBoysBBQ
Newbie


Joined: 15 Feb 2010
Posts: 34
Location: Neosho MO

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22 10 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great write-up man thanks for all this information. I am going to be picking your brain here soon about some questions I am going to come up with while modifying my current set-up. Thanks for the great post.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Wreckless
BBQ Super Pro


Joined: 15 May 2009
Posts: 2292
Location: New Braunfels, TX

PostPosted: Thu Mar 11 10 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lesson learned for this month # 46.75 There is a difference between a chasing die and a cutting die and you are going to have very little success threading 5/8" round bar stock from scratch with a chaser die no matter how many bowls of wheaties you had for breakfast Rolling Eyes
_________________
Backyarder
Smoker Grill
Trailer Rig
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
PhilipWicker
BBQ Fan


Joined: 07 Apr 2010
Posts: 172
Location: Mooresville NC

PostPosted: Fri Apr 16 10 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm currently in the process of restoring and modding a brinkmann SNP pro. Everything is going well, however, I have some concern about the gauge of sheet metal that I have purchased for my tuning plates. I believe that I picked up 22 gauge to use as my tuning plates. I went ahead and created a baffle using the 22 gauge so I wouldn't have too hard of time bending the sheet metal. Should I consider going with a thicker gauge for the tuning plates, or will I get by okay?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Alien BBQ
BBQ All Star


Joined: 12 Jul 2005
Posts: 5422
Location: Roswell, New Mexico

PostPosted: Sat Apr 17 10 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

See other reply
_________________
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaeloberry
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Yahoo Messenger
rupert123



Joined: 14 Mar 2011
Posts: 1
Location: London

PostPosted: Mon Mar 14 11 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the great information. I've never used steel pits, but a friend of mine said that the taste is not so good if we use steel pits. Is that true?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
bodybuildingvegan



Joined: 16 Aug 2011
Posts: 1

PostPosted: Thu Aug 18 11 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW, everything you need to know right here in this post about smokers. love it. great post.

I'm a Spammer Please Ignore me!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
pullemfar



Joined: 01 Mar 2010
Posts: 8
Location: WA (via TN)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 19 11 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got some 4'x8'x1/8" (11ga) diamond plate, just wondering what would be the size after it is rolled. I wanna do a Fat 40 or 50 clone, will 1 sheet rolled do or will I need to get two rolled?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Smoke Ring Forum Index -> Cookers Stickys All times are GMT + 8 Hours
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next
Page 2 of 3

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2002 phpBB Group