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Wreckless
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28 14 12:34 am    Post subject: Santa Maria Christmas Present Reply with quote

A good while back, when the Wrecklessville fab shop / man cave was in its most humble beginnings, my kiddo suggested I do something worth while with my time rather than just gluing nonsensical pieces of metal together. He wanted a nice smoker / grill combo built for some good friends as a Thank You for help they had shown him. He would pay, I would build. Right on, can do! They became recipients of the first Wreckless "Twin Pit" style cookers.

Their highly used cooker in the background, the new one in place

Mostly built as a FB fed smoker, grilling required firing up the FB. Not ideal but they love it. The much better looking half of our friends tho really is into grilling however. Having traded off favors over the years such as all the help and supplying equipment putting in the Wrecklessville front slab / future shop add on, I kept the idea that someday I would build them a dedicated grill.
Front slab being laid


After saving some mat'ls from previous builds, plate, channel, etc., Christmas coming up and a lull in the shop, it was time to build a grill. Having built a couple of SM's previously, I had an idea of what I wanted to do. I did want a small roof added on to my previous design. Taking a cue from TrailerBuilders concept of a personalized name banner, That figured in as well. I used the same frame design as the previous builds. A 3 runner x 2 runner 1 1/2" sq tube frame was built to mount the bottom plate and keep all things nice and square for years to come. Fire management dampers were located on each side. A prep ledge was located on the left so as not to interfere with cooking operations. A less intrusive spice bottle holder located in front. On the right side is a cutting board rack ( cutting board to be fabricated by my friends). The grate raising working mecho is via 2 pulleys and an attachment point fabricated by my other good pal Jimbo. And yet another good friend provided the waterjet name banner. One more Christmas spirit of giving was the the pre-paint commercial blast provided by my good friend Irv of Victory Blast, rearranging his schedule to get it done just in time. The roof plate needing a prepaint to avoid bare metal, Wreckless painted it afterward so as to be able to weld on pre-paint panels after the blast. Tool holding hooks were provided near the working areas and 4 more onto the roof, perhaps to hold potted plants when not in use? A little "Wishing Well" appearance? Last on the build list was the obligatory / honorary "Wreckless Built" name tag. For sure, one of the most enjoyable builds. Merry Christmas! Very Happy













PS...I did manage to include some "Stillwell Chuck" red paint on the handle just because.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28 14 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice I can see some great steaks, burgers, sausages,etc. coming in the near future...
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28 14 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice grill Wreckless, that is a thing of beauty! Very Happy Thanks for sharing the pics.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28 14 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice work Mike I like it. Very Happy The name on top really sets it off.
Nicely done my Man. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29 14 1:58 am    Post subject: Re: Santa Maria Christmas Present Reply with quote




Nice Job! HOWEVER i see a problem.
I hope you can see it also?
If not i will point it out.
1 That smoker in the back ground has to much tall grass around it.( lack of use)
2 There is a large rat in the yard. opps sorry that the dog. Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29 14 2:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW am in awe of your skills . couple of nice looking rigs
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29 14 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mad Skills Mike...Mad Skills How long have I been telling you that now?? That build is bad azz x's 10! I love the spice rack on the front, Jack & Coke is a spice yes? I can see many great years of cooking on that thing for sure.

I still have my pulley setup sitting patiently on the shelf waiting for the day my SM build comes to life Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29 14 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike,
It's good to see that you are still up to your old tricks!
She's a fine Christmas build and I'm sure your friend will love it! I would! Mr. Green

...by the way I'm a friend too! HA!Laughing
would one of these builds qualify for the $25 a month for the rest of your life payment plan? Shocked Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29 14 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who is this ChuckieD guy Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29 14 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Troy wrote:
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Who is this ChuckieD guy Shocked


AAAHHH! I guess I had that one coming brother Troy! Rolling Eyes Laughing

Merry Late Christmas Bro! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29 14 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Job and very cool build!! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30 14 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks great nice work
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03 15 3:28 am    Post subject: red paint Reply with quote

Mike sorry to be late ,I have had a bad a!! bug since Dec 23
Your grill came out looking real nice,just one thing I have to ask you.
DID you have to take a loan out from a bank to BUY that much
RED PAINT to get the job done Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03 15 7:24 pm    Post subject: Re: red paint Reply with quote

Chuck wrote:
Mike sorry to be late ,I have had a bad a!! bug since Dec 23
Your grill came out looking real nice,just one thing I have to ask you.
DID you have to take a loan out from a bank to BUY that much
RED PAINT to get the job done Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz

Stilwell Chuck

Same can of paint. I thought you were stopping by for a cooker build. It'll wait, fires getting cold tho. Get up to snuff first Brother
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03 15 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow... sweet!

I have always loved the idea of a Santa Maria style grill.

Awesome job! Very Happy
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