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Smokin' Don
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16 08 5:17 am    Post subject: Lone Star Back Yard Clone DONE! Reply with quote

I started my offset project this past weekend.

I am designing as I go. The Cooking chamber is 30"x60". I haven't decided on the size of the fire box as of yet. I will be going with two stacks.
I will have 2 cooking shelves in there, however, I may put a 3rd one in if there is room, I can always remove it depending on what I'm smokin'.

Let me know what you think so far and if you see anything that needs to be change just let me know as I only have it tack welded at this point. I will be working on it again this coming weekend.

PICTURES AS OF JAN 15th

Rolled Pipe


Door Cut out


Side Frame


Frame Tack to Cooker


Wheels Added


Front end Linkage


Front end with tow bar


My Expanded Metal and 1/4 plate came in so I will be busy this weekend.


UPDATED PICTURES AS OF JAN 21st

Had just a small amount of time to work on the smoker this past weekend.
I was able to get my adjustable tee handle done. Got both end pieces cut out. Just got a small amount of grinding to get them to fit.
My son came out and gave Dad some much need help

My wife stop by and took some pictures so everyone here at the Ring could see the progress.


1st Picture is of our son getting the door seals performed




Next one is our Son doing a little grinding from where I had cut the door out. I have a plasma cutter so clean up was fast.



Yours truly Smokin' Don



Adjustable tee handle done



Door fitted really nice. No adjustment will be needed.
I say this then next weekend I will end up dropping the door before I get the hinges on!



Enjoy! More Pic. to come soon.

I hope to be smokin' soon with this one.

Updated 3-3-08

I Finally had a chance to get back on the smoker build. I had been in the UP of Michigan snowmobiling.
I did get the door mounted, handle put on, counterweights added and put the end cap on the fire box side.

Door mounted



Counterweights Side View



Counterweights Front View



More to come- wasn't a lot this time around however, I wanted to get out what I had done to date.

Updated Pic 3-10-08

After seeing Justin's (Reggae Q) Smoker I have taken the direction of now making this a Lone Star Custom Pit clone that Steve Bates built.

I went and removed the go-cart tires and cut off all the related parts.
I then mounted a set of standard golf cart tires. This will make the smoker more stable.
I was able to get the fire box built. Now all I need to do is get the door built and mounted.
Gotta love design/ build... I mean build/ design projects!


Wheel Change



All the tires removed and related parts cut off



New Wheels Mounted



Started of the Fire Box



Welds on Fire Box



Inside of Fire Box



Test Fit of Fire Box



Inside of Smoker Looking at the Fire Box



Front View



Here are some completed pictures of my project smoker, However, there are changes coming after the first of the year!!!!

Test Fire





Paint Prep






Done








Thanks for everyone's input on this project. It has been fun!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16 08 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Don, with the steering you have put on that, you could add a engine and ride it around when not smoking! Laughing

Nice start!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16 08 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sa-Mokin, That would be nice however I have it set up to be pulled behine this. I built this from the ground up last winter.




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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16 08 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW

What a nice start on your smoker and from the looks of your work it is going to be a first class job all the way.

Keep the pictures coming and can't wait to see it cookin'
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16 08 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If that isn't true craftsmanship than I don’t know what that is. Nice job on the smoker, the cart .... well, I'm speechless, we’re talking about some serious talent here. Thanks for sharing with us. Bravo
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16 08 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you are doin a great job with the smoker, its always nice to look at a well made project; whether its your own project or someone else's. You seem to have a good start and I'm sure we'll see the finished project.Smile
By the way, is that about a 22,000 lb Taylor i see in the background?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16 08 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! They will both look great when there hooked up with each other,nice work.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16 08 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the Kind words here. The Ring is a great place to get a lot of great idea's and to share your own idea's.

Creosote Timber BBQ- that is 36,000lbs lift with 8ft long forks. Makes for unloading and loading a breeze Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17 08 5:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

please tell me that is not nitrus on a golf cart Shocked . If so that is too cool!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18 08 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chrome nerf bars on a golf cart..

THAT'S COOL!! Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18 08 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good there Don. That cart is just bananas. Nice work!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18 08 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice skills Don! Very Happy
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Smokin, Dude that is most impressive...Don, it is so nice to see true artists at work, keep the pics coming bro! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22 08 6:17 am    Post subject: Updated Pic. See 1st post Reply with quote

I updated pictures on my first post.

Enjoy.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04 08 4:17 am    Post subject: Updated Pic 3-3-08 Reply with quote

Pictures have been updated.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04 08 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey don, nice work , so far i dont see a thing i would change
in fact it looks like one i just finished a few months ago
very nice workmanship let me know if i can answer any questions
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i hope those worked, if not you can see some more pics
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Nice! Oh wait, that looks like mine. Great minds think alike Very Happy

Incredibly nice of steve to offer advice. If I had to change anything about mine...it would be...not really anything Very Happy
Maybe not such a s--t canopy above it so I could keep the snow/ice off it better right now.

You might want to ask steve about the tires as the way he has them set look different and I know he did mine the way he did for a reason. It's a lot of weight. I'm assuming 1/4" steel

I would highly recommend the damper system that was used on mine. As simple and efficiant as it gets.

Go with 3 shelves. Why not??? Can always remove one/two, etc...

My firebox is 30x30 if that helps and I can hold temps with ease. might eat a bit more wood but I have a lot of control with it.

Keep the pics coming
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Mr. Bates, Thanks for the kind words and also for the help with any question I may have. That is one nice pit. I hope my pit turns out as 1/2 as nice as your build did. It's people like You and Tom at Lone Star along with Travis Creek that take time to help others out here on the Ring. For that I THANK You!

Justin- You're right. this looks just like yours. Now was it great minds think alike? Nope, just sheer dumb luck on my part.
I did some searching here on the Ring for smoker builds and didn't see this one until now.
I was wanting to build one that I could pull around our weekend place up at the lake with the golf cart I built last year. I wanted it to be able to handle it's own weight to the ground.

Thanks for the heads up on the tires. I have decided that will not work as I have it now. I have a lot of spare golf cart parts that I will get around and ask Steve if he thinks that will work.

I do like the damper system you have. A very simple way to go.

3 shelves it is then.

30x30 box. That is big, however, if it works for you then why mess with the results you are getting.

I also like the chrome stacks. Are they 4"?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05 08 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Must be nice to start of with new metal...

I’m not a fan of counter weights…Neat work however, nice to see Jr. pitch in some labor too. Smile
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Smokin' Don wrote:
Mr. Bates, Thanks for the kind words and also for the help with any question I may have. That is one nice pit. I hope my pit turns out as 1/2 as nice as your build did. It's people like You and Tom at Lone Star along with Travis Creek that take time to help others out here on the Ring. For that I THANK You!

Justin- You're right. this looks just like yours. Now was it great minds think alike? Nope, just sheer dumb luck on my part.
I did some searching here on the Ring for smoker builds and didn't see this one until now.
I was wanting to build one that I could pull around our weekend place up at the lake with the golf cart I built last year. I wanted it to be able to handle it's own weight to the ground.

Thanks for the heads up on the tires. I have decided that will not work as I have it now. I have a lot of spare golf cart parts that I will get around and ask Steve if he thinks that will work.

I do like the damper system you have. A very simple way to go.

3 shelves it is then.

30x30 box. That is big, however, if it works for you then why mess with the results you are getting.

I also like the chrome stacks. Are they 4"?


I know the fenders that cover the tires are 1/4" steel and I've seen zero issues with tire problems.

I believe Steve added a guset for added support as it is pretty heavy.

As far as the Chrome Pipes, you'd have to ask steve, I can't remember.

As far as the firebox, that is up to you. Now that I've played with it enough, I can get to temp in LESS than 30 minutes...Fire, close down the damper a bit and hit about 240-250, open the damper fully and open the door to add food and let some of that smoke out.

Now, it will eat up more wood but I personally don't mind as it's really hard to have any spikes.

Make sure you have tuning plates for yours.

I have not dealt with Travis but I've only heard great things about him. With Steve/Tom, I dealt with personally and yes, it speaks volume that they give people on the boards help with clones.
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