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haileyscomet
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PostPosted: Fri May 01 09 8:41 am    Post subject: New Build Reply with quote

I attended a local gun show this past weekend which was very crowded. Outside of the gun show there were several vendors selling various products.

What caught my eye was the smokers, cowboy cookers, etc...I approached the area to inquire about pricing, options, etc... I was informed all the products were built by students they take wood & metal class at a local high school. I was really impressed at the overall quality upon observation.

After talking with the teacher it made sense why the quality was top-notch as he really promotes and expects the best from each student. I did get to have a conversation with a student (high school Jr) which I was impressed with his ability to talk intelligently about his product and the building process. I have said all this to say that I have contracted with the class to build my next smoker.

They will be picking up my 4x8 utility trailer to use as the base for the construction.

So far I am considering storage for wood, propane burner.

What ideas/options should I consider to add to the build. What end should the firebox be on?

All feedback/ideas are appreciated. Also if you have a similiar rig feel free to send pics to: jstrnad@sbcglobal.net

Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Fri May 01 09 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

haileyscomet, congrats on letting the high school help you and there students Very Happy I remember back in high school Vo-Ag we built a lot of trailers and cookers for people. We got the grade they got quality builds. I would put the fire box toward the end of the trailer, opposite the tongue. I would also look into maybe incorporating a grill into my firebox, like a flip top lid and grate under it. I hope to see some progress pics along the way. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 01 09 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would recomend smoker on one side and a grill on the other side. Maybe a santa maria style? Definetly want wood storage. Propane assist. Would also strongly consider putting roof with gull wing doors for rainy or snowy weather. Location for burners as well. Just some thoughts good luck with your build and as always take pics.
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PostPosted: Sat May 02 09 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The one thing that I see on nice rigs that I almost cant live without is a sink with hot water! I start washing in a tub or a cooler and end up dropping the idea and bringing the dirty stuff home only to get into trouble with the boss. The main trouble is that water gets heavy and your 4x8 is probably not rated for much more than the pit its self. Cool idea with the kids you should hook them up with some Q and some cooking skills! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun May 10 09 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the trailer was picked up last weekend to start the build process. I am having the school remove the wood floor and replace with metal/diamond plate for obvious reasons. The trailer does have a 3500lb axle so that should be sufficient.

Other add-ons discussed were:
New paint
Spare-tire mount
drop legs at all 4 corners for stability when parked/set-up for cooking.
Propane tank holders
Area for wood storage
Misc storage area

Will keep you updated with pics. Build should be complete by mid-June.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10 09 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds great!
I took welding for 4 years at my Vocational School.
We built a bunch of trailers, anything from a heavy duty floats for dozers to gooseneck trailers. I had a lot of fun making those and took pride in what we built. It's great you are giving them the job. I bet the craftsmanship will be 2nd to none.
look forward to the build pics!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23 09 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pit was delivered tonight. Plan to post pics very soon.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24 09 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to the pictures of your NEW BABY. Hope it is all that you were expecting and more. Sure the quality will be TOP notch. ENJOY
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24 09 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a few basic pics:

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Side view with propane burner
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Intergrated fire-box 24in long
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Outside view of firebox door
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Storage bin for coolers, etc..
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warmer oven above fire-box
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view of doors open with slide-out shelves
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Feedback appreciated. I have tough skin so lets hear it. What you like/dislike. I myself have concerns with the intergrated fire-box. There is a metal divider under the shelves that runs along the whole pit from the fire-box which will direct the heat, smoke in reverse direction--that is why the stack is close to the opposite side.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24 09 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where's the smoke?!?!


Looks like the kids did a great job!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24 09 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work.I'm not wild about the firebox latch though;let the firebox get heated up and you won't want to touch the pin latch and it would be hard to do with gloves.other than that nice craftsmanship.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24 09 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So it is a reverse flow??
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24 09 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much was the price tag?
HogFan4 wrote:
So it is a reverse flow??
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25 09 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

slow&low wrote:
How much was the price tag?
HogFan4 wrote:
So it is a reverse flow??



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25 09 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HogFan4 wrote:
So it is a reverse flow??


Yes is was told to me this unit is a reverse flow. It has a plate stretching across the whole length of the pit acting acting as a flow for the heat & smoke. The stack is located on the same end as the fire-box. The second stack is for the warmer oven which is sectioned off from the main pit area.

I hope to try it out soon to see how it will work.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25 09 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

haileyscomet, I like it Very Happy The only real thing I would change to date would be and they might still accommodate you is weld some top stops on your slide out tracks so your grates cannot flip on you, and maybe some handles on your grates. Other than that I like the design and I am looking forward to seeing some smoke and a first cook Smile Tell the Guys and Gals Nicely done Very Happy
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