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Bkndsdl's Insulated Hybrid - DONE!!
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k.a.m.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24 15 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice work. Very Happy I look forward to seeing some pics of the first run. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25 15 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
Very nice work. Very Happy I look forward to seeing some pics of the first run. Very Happy


Thanks kam, me too!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25 15 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great Mike, congrats!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06 15 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I played it safe on Thanksgiving and used my MES for the first bird, and did the second on the smoker........It didn't turn out too well. It was done, but it was cooked way too hot. It seemed to need way too much fuel to get to the temp needed. While dismayed, I decided I needed to do more tests to see what the problems were. Friday I decided to see if I could work out the issues and dial it in a bit more, so I put my Maverick to work. Turns out that the therms were reading waaaaay low, which means I was cooking that turkey waaaaaaaaaay too hot......I am thinking that the probes don't stick out of the doors enough to get a more accurate reading. So I put two chimneys of lump in it, one pecan stick, and lit the fire. Playing with it a bit I got her to run 250 on the top racks for almost 5 hours......:banana_smiley::sausage::nana2: One happy guy!

Right now I've got it loaded with two racks of ribs, some drip beans, and a few pork steaks. I have gotten it set at 230 on the top rack closest to the firebox and 220 on the one farthest....... I am amazed at how little fuel I need to maintain temps......pretty stoked about now. I will adjust the therms to read accurately the top racks.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06 15 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, you're going to find that the door thermos typically read way lower than mid grate. Using remote probes is a good way to map out the grate temperatures to see what the difference is. Once you know that then you can rely on the door thermos or at least make an educated guess as to what's happening at the cooking grate.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27 15 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bkndsdl wrote:
I WILL MAKE TURKEY DAY!!!



I worked on it until nighttime on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday after church I got it to a point where I can cook the turkeys in it! WOOHOO!!

The smoker needs a lot of welding still, and I plan on doing that in the afternoons under shop light. The smoker is sealed inside, so even if I don't get the outside welding done I will still be able to use it. All I need to do is install the door gaskets, weld on the drain nipple and ball valve and It will be all sealed up and ready to use. I will not worry about exhaust closures right now, I am going to just fill the un-needed exhaust paris car service with aluminum foil for the time being. I plan on using the tuning plates for this cook. My wife added a ham to the cooking list for Thanksgiving, so if I choose to try the vertical for that, I'll need to build at least one rack for the vertical. May just stick it in the electric smoker and not worry about that right now....main thing is I can cook the turkeys in here! I will probably do a full burn out on Wednesday; I am off Wednesday so I will probably do a burn out in the morning, then I will play with the tuning plates to see if I can even the horizontal temps out in preparation for Thursday's cook.

I AM STOKED AND BEAT!!!


your achievement is really beautiful, you're specialist
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30 16 8:36 pm    Post subject: Bkndsdl's Insulated Hybrid - DONE!! Reply with quote

Guys, it has been 1 year and 5 months since I put the first pieces together. I changed jobs 5 times since then! I got laid off, my Dad passed, and a whole bunch of other things have happened along the way. But Thursday, I finally finished the smoker, and put it in its final spot.

Here it is, all painted up! Still haven't put the aluminum table on in this shot. Any time we had something to paint, or we were making something and we didn't know what color we were going with, Dad always, always said, 'Paint it red!'

I painted it red, Dad.



My Dad never said mayonnaise, it was always 'mynez' (pronounced 'my-nez')........guess it was the Cajun in him, I dunno but this made sense to me, so that's what her name is.



I took plywood and laid it down, rolled the smoker on it, moved the plywood, so on and so forth until we got to the back porch. The rolling on the plywood went surprisingly easy. When we got to the porch, different story........one reason was we had to come up a good 6-8" to get the smoker on the porch. Once on the front, then on the back.........and of course, as my luck has it, my jack started fouling up.........the clip that holds the plunger came off and I had to keep manually lifting the plunger. After about an hour and a half, we finally got her in place! I used ALL the space I had to place this bad boy, lol!!



This build has been awesome, and man I am so glad it's done, but it's kinda bittersweet.......when I put the last piece on, I came in the house kinda lost......I told my wife, there's nothing else to do on it.....she looked at me and said, 'You've got a LOT to do on it now!' Lol, she's right, I get to enjoy it now!! I just wish my Dad was here to see it, but I'll be sending him some nice smells skyward for him to sample!

Thank you all for your encouragement.

Now, standby for some awesome cookage posts courtesy of MYNEZ!!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30 16 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome work Mike she came out awesome. Very Happy
Mynez is the proper pronunciation I am from Louisiana I know. Wink

Your Dad would be proud and he has been with you through the whole process right down to the red paint Brother. Wink
Nicely done. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30 16 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike great work on that bad boy Exclamation
moving her probably felt like moving stones for the pyramids , 1 inch at a time Wink
nothing better than putting in loving memory on as a final touch cuz you know they will be there with every cook Very Happy
at least that is how it was for me and my boys. Time to get her dirty...good luck with her.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30 16 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike, The cooker is a thing of beauty. Great job!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30 16 9:27 pm    Post subject: Awsome smoker !!! Reply with quote

Bkndsdl, Awsome!! Very Happy Your Dad must be overjoyed!! I lost my own last May, and I know he still watches over me, you get that funny feeling sometimes in the shop when working,you must have had it a lot with all that work going on!!! What part of Bama are you in? I'm making a 60 gallon RF for my cousin in Grand Bay,and bringing it to her for a Family Reunion in Sept.about 150 people Dad had 11 bros and sisters,and was the last to pas on, now I'll have to go every year!!
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PostPosted: Sun May 01 16 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks guys!

Mad Mike, I am in Grand Bay myself!
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PostPosted: Mon May 02 16 12:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Bkndsdl's Insulated Hybrid - DONE!! Reply with quote

Bkndsdl wrote:


My Dad never said mayonnaise, it was always 'mynez' (pronounced 'my-nez')........guess it was the Cajun in him, I dunno but this made sense to me, so that's what her name is.


Being Cajun myself, that is a Hilarious statement as my wife makes fun of the way my dad says Mynez.

Great work on that smoker and i LOVE the tribute.

happy smoking
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PostPosted: Mon May 23 16 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fabulous work there! First time I've seen this build, and read it through from start to finish. Once again I'm humbled at the mad skills demonstrated on yet another fabulous build posted here on the Ring!
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