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Got a tank ( update 12-18-07, pics)
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JoeD
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16 07 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys

You're the best, those pics help me alot.

Today I moved my tank closer to my garage in order to start the layout/cutting, but there's a nor'ester coming tonight that is throwing a monkey wrench on the weekend. Rolling Eyes

Tom C, your's is coming up nicely, do you mind sharing your dimentions?

Thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16 07 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi JoeD,

No problem sharing any info you need.

The cooker section is 24"x48"
The firebox is 23.5"x22" that's outer dimensions.
The opening between the firebox and the cooker section is 6"x15"
The cooking grate is 23"x41"
My tuning plates 6 of them are 6"x20.5"
The bottom of the firebox extends 12" below the bottom of the cooker section (just attached it today) Very Happy
The air inlet in the door will be about 28 cubic inches. I just need to decide in the configuration. Current thinking is a 3"x9.5" opening with slider doors.
For the smoke stack I'm going to use 4"x6" rectangular pipe (because I got it free). I'm planning to use about 29" of it.

Now of course having never made a smoker before, I have no idea how this will all work. Embarassed It will be a real bummer if it doesn't fire up well and hold temps well!


I probably gave you far more info than you wanted but if you need any more info just let me know.

Upside down so I can finish welding the box to the bottom of the pipe.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18 07 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Upside down so I can finish welding the box to the bottom of the pipe.

I thought something looked a little funny with that pic!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18 07 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I managed to push the super heavy tank in the garage, allowed to thaw some ice from it at started the layout.
Here, I'm trying to find the best side for the double doors.


Layed out the doors, 38x22.



Here, I laying out the fire box cut, I decided to come from side to side for better looks. it'll be 27" wide.



The cutting line is the outside edge of the tape




Took the sucker outside where the temperature read @#$%^& cold Rolling Eyes and started the cutting... I borrow this 12" Boch masonry saw from work, its a heavy tool but it cuts 1/4" steel very easily.



I beleive I have enought blade to finish cutting the doors, once again the right tool for the job made a big difference.

I ran some numbers and figured out the following:

* Fire box will be 27x24x24
* Air in 47"sq
* Air out 124" sq
* Chimney 27" w/ 6" pipe.




Today 12-18-07

Finished the cutting, one 12" blade did it all but the last 14" of a the left door, which I had to cut it with my sawzall, I also cut up the opening for the 6" stack pipe.




Comments are welcome...

Thanks

Joe


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18 07 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like your making good progress in spite of the weather! Keep the updates coming!

James.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18 07 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe,

I got cold just looking a the pictures! Great start on the smoker. Keep us posted. Try to stay warm.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19 07 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that the chimney pipe that you're planning on using? It appears to be galvanized which isn't kosher. I'd do something out of a heavy piece of pipe. It would be much more sturdy and would help in maintaining heat. Just my .02 cents for what it's worth.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19 07 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe,

This is another site that I found some good info.
http://www.exit201.com/cyclops/cyclops.shtml
Lots of good pictures too.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19 07 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Tom

That piece of wood stove pipe was only used to "close fit" the 6" opening where the real stack will be.

Joe
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19 07 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good! Your probaly gonna wish you would have put the hinges on the doors before you finished the cuts. Then again, I maybe the only guy that had trouble with that. LOL
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19 07 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like you are making nice progress!

I'm with Ratmo, I usually do the same. makes it a lot easier to mount the doors.

BTW, welcome back Ratmo! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19 07 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks

That was my original plan...

One of the doors twisted on me at the bottom corner, for that reason I decided to cut all the way and fix the door before welding the hinges, what you do is tack weld a few door stops on the inside of the cooker and remove it later. Also, the tank is rusty on the inside, so I needed full excess to clean it inside without the doors in the way.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19 07 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My curiosity is up, what do you mean by tack welding "door stops"? I'm dealing with much the same problem (of course, I just plain cut my doors wrong) and would love to hear a way to make fixing it easier.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20 07 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First you need a few pieces of scrap metal stock like the 2x1x1/4 or whatever you can get , angle iron pieces are ok too, clamp them on the inside of the door opening leaving one inch sticking out and tack weld it. Now when you place the door in place it'll stay there, got it? ...sort of like door jams.
You can use wood shims to align the door and them weld you hinges. to shape the door back to the original shape you need a ratchet tie down; if your door is wider than the original, place a hook each edge of the door and try to ratchet it in so it closes its circumference a bit to fit the cooker, remember that the sheet metal was rolled in and retains some memory especially if you apply heat.

I hope this helps out.

Joe
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20 07 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe,

If the doors give you a little trouble when you go to put the hinges on, I would think you could tac weld small tabs on the inside wall of the cylinder that extend out into the door opening. Then you could place the doors back into the openings and they would not fall through. Place a coin or two to at the bottom of the doors for spacing and then weld the hinges. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20 07 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, I get it now. I was thinking door stops like actual door stops for a house door (it's been a long day). I'm doing essentially the same thing to mine, only I don't have to ratchet the door back into shape, clamping it seems to be doing the trick.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20 07 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like you're doing real nice work there. Keep us posted! Shocked
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