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jackh
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21 08 11:22 am    Post subject: is this ok to do? Reply with quote

im getting an old smoker from a friend tomorrow that im gonna rebuild and mod into a tailgating smoker like gatorpit makes. the grill hasn't been used in a long time, im wondering if i should season it for just an hour or two just to break it in or anything? thanks
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Big Mike
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21 08 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since it hasn't been used in a long time, I would go ahead and clean it up real good then reseason it.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21 08 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed...clean it, degrease it, re season it, COOK ON IT!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22 08 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sweet guys. i picked it up a couple hours ago cant wait to work on it lol. it looks to be in pretty good shape just no use in a long time. i plan on cutting the legs off and making new detachable legs, then making a mount for it to mount to my trailer hitch.

im basically taking an old smoker and rebuilding it into this:




what do yall think?

yall might recognize this as a pit made by gatorpit. im i doing anything illegal by sort of copying their design but making my own that will be slightly different? just wondering cuz i was thinkin about goin to their store to look at one in person and get some measurements lol
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22 08 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How far from the truck will the firebox be? I'd be concerned about damaging the paint.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22 08 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats what i said. i emailed gatorpit and they said theyve never had any problems with that. they said its far enough away that the tailgate of the pickup can come down and he said with the doors of the cooker closed, the tailgate wont heat up at all.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23 08 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

so i wirebrush the whole thing inside and out to clean it? how do i degrease it? i looked inside and i think its been too long since it was last used to any greese to be left, the insides as dry as the outside.

and is it ok to use pine when i season this thing or is it gona leave sap everywhere?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23 08 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

my opinion, NEVER use pine for smoking! Use a hardwood like oak, maple, something other than pine
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23 08 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ya i figured it would leave sap everywhere so i went out and bought mesquite. i dont have any of that and i thought id use some every now and then to smoke with. i have a shti ton of oak from the aftermath of hurricane ike but i havent' cut any of it and it will be a while before it cures.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23 08 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

just read somewhere not to use mequite when seasoning... is it ok?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23 08 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it were me I'd make all the mods and finish all the welding before cleaning, painting and seasoning. You could always steam clean it or use one of the high pressure car washer wands to do the major work of cleaning it.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24 08 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mgwerks wrote:
If it were me I'd make all the mods and finish all the welding before cleaning, painting and seasoning. You could always steam clean it or use one of the high pressure car washer wands to do the major work of cleaning it.


Ya I would but I haven't bought a welder yet, hoping to at Christmas
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24 08 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

im seasoning it right now. i coated the inside of the smoke box and the cooker with pam. i went ahead and sprayed the outside too to try and keep it from rusting till i can paint it. the temps stickin around 300. cant wait to cook on it tomorrow night Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25 08 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cooked burgers last night and there were amazing Smile

when i finally get around to painting it, do i paint the inside of both chambers too?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25 08 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, don't paint the inside. Once you get it clean rub it with cooking oil and heat it up. How about some pics.
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jackh
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28 08 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ya i pamed the inside and outside. It's a brinkman snp professional
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