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30 " pit , How many racks ?

 
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Darrelb
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07 10 4:18 pm    Post subject: 30 " pit , How many racks ? Reply with quote

So Im planning on building a new Offset pit . I'm planning on 30" dia x 66" main cc and a 30 x 30 x 36 upright ..

Anyway , what are the thoughts on cooking rack levels 2 or 3 ?? I was thinking 3 , but now wondering if 2 is all that would be needed , or actually useful ?? I'm going with double doors on this one ..

I was planning on putting the first level down 5" from center of the pipe ..
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07 10 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can easily put two in; I might put three in maybe for abt,ribs smaller thinner stuff you can always pull out the top rack if it's in the way.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07 10 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3 should be no problem, need some pics as it progresses... good luck
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07 10 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darrelb, you could go with three racks if you make your doors tall enough to allow for the 3rd rack height. The R/F I am building now is 30'' diam. and has two racks per door they have 7'' between them. I also went with smaller doors. I look forward to following your progress.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07 10 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would consider putting in rails to accept either a 2 rack or 3 rack setup. Something like:

Setup 1 - 2 racks with 8" between them

Setup 2 - 3 racks, 8" clearance on bottom and 4" between racks 2 and 3

A lot of it will depend on how big you want the door to be.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07 10 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am currently building a similar smoker 32 dia 60 long for comp and whole hog. I like the room 2 racks afford, however I will install 3 racks. I just wont put the third rack in unless my needs call for the third rack.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08 10 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All good points .. I have a 24 x 48 backyard offset with 2 racks , when I'm not using the top rack I pull it out for better visual on the main rack .. .. It's good to have the options ..
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08 10 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your question about racks is on the horizontal part, right? I like the
idea of having the lowest rack be about 4" below center. On a 30" pit that would be about 3:28 if you think of 1 o'clock 2 o'clock and so forth. That would mean your racks would only be a bit less than 29" wide, but you could put one 4" below center and another 5" above center, with a 3rd one 5" above that one, which would be - let's see
about 1:53 on the "clock" and would be 24" wide.

So two 28" racks one 4" below center and one 4" above center, and a 3rd rack 9" above center.

Plus, if it were me I'd weld a couple of rods running the long way down the cooker way up at the top, to hang sausages from if you
ever decided to smoke your own sausage.

seattlepitboss, who loves me some shop math
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Darrelb
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08 10 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow ,, Seattle Pit Boss , I was on the right track , but you got me there allot sooner than I expected .. Makes so much sense .. Thanks .

Man , I love this place ... Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09 10 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

heres my 30 3 pull out trys I made

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09 10 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice .. I've seen pics of your pit .. Very nice build for sure .. I've never built one any bigger than 24" .. I put the first rack at 1" below center I think .. By going 4 or 5 inches down I'm thinking will be getting close to the fb to cc opening .. Not a big deal I guess , that's what the diffuser plate is for ..

Im gonna have to hunt down your pics again ..
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09 10 7:31 am    Post subject: nother pic Reply with quote

http://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/michaelstout_2009/backyardd020.jpg
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09 10 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would put the top rack 7 1/2" from the top. I would place the top of the middle rack 6 1/2" below the top of the top rack. I would place the top of the bottom rack 6" below the top of the middle rack. If you are worried about the door weight You could make the bottom rack a drop-in set-up. If I was only cooking a small amount I would only use the middle rack. If I needed more cooking capacity than that I would use the middle and top racks. And then use the bottom rack only if needed. Just my 2 cents worth.
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