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Building 1st smoker Completed
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stringbender128
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02 09 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice looking build! Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02 09 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RLane22, your slide outs look great Very Happy I am not sure if you thought about doing it but on your dome ends you could put some fixed expanded metal and give yourself a little more surface. My son works at a blasting company, and his foreman is an old friend of mine so I do a lot of swap welding for them and they blast my cookers. I just try to schedule a time when they are not to busy because I do not want to tie up their resources. I am fixing to re-hab their Q-C inspectors old grill that needs a bottom.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02 09 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

she's comin along nicely
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03 09 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks polock, stringbender and k.a.m. I did get some of the expanded metal on friday night and will be putting more in the ends this week. I decided for now that one shelf will be plenty for what I am going to be doing at this time. Also this will give me more of an excuse to add or build another one in the near future. (lol)

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11 09 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I was able to work on it a little while yesterday evening. I started grinding and placing the far left permanent rack in place and making the handles on the racks to be able to pull them out. I stopped by the Metal place at lunch and picked up some 6" plate. Now i have to cut it and put it in place.(Thank you purplewg for the pics) I now know where and how I will install the tuning plates. I am going to try and figure out which way I will cover the inlet. I have enough plate to box it in and make it run to the tuning plates. Just not sure of the design yet.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12 09 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are coming right along with it. It is really starting to look good. In no time you will be posting some food p*rn for us. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12 09 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RLane22, your coasting now my man Very Happy she is coming along very nice, and some awesome work you are turning out. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12 09 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RLane22, Nice work! The smoker is coming along great!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12 09 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice build RLane22. I really like the door handles.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12 09 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks purplewg, k.a.m.,Tom C,and mrcustomsteel. She is starting to come together. Most of my ideas came from the fine folks here on the ring. Then I just tweeked them to something I thought I would like. Im still learning as I go. I have to get the tuning plates cut and put in place. I think I will box the inlet hole in attaching to the tuning plate angle ledge. I will build it and tack it in place and post some pics to see what yall think. To see if it will work or not. Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13 09 11:09 am    Post subject: great looking Reply with quote

looks like you will be cooking in no time. Looking awesome.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13 09 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks mtrammel.
Getting a little bit closer last night I got the tuning plates cut and installed and the inlet cover built to keep the heat down and going under the tuning plates. I put it in place but did not tack it yet. The back is tight and the bottom matches up but I have openings on the sides about a 1/4 inch. First thought is to leave it that way so some heat can come up on that end also and then would flow under the rest of the tuning plates. Will that work or should I cut it tighter?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13 09 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RLane22, is your firebox opening above the input to the tuning plates? It appears that way in the picture. If so, you may have a some problems.

I have a similar plate on the round end of mine at the firebox input also. I saw considerable heat coming around the sides where it didn't fit well. I stuffed some stove gasketing in mine to help close off those openings.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13 09 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes sir about half the flow would be above. I have more plate I can cut one to better fit. I was wondering if or how much heat needed to come up on that end. Thats why I did not tack it in place last night. Needed some advice from the Que team.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13 09 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So your firebox to cook chamber opening is half above your tuning plates and half below the plates or is the opening above the plates and you are trying to divert it down?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13 09 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

purplewg wrote:
So your firebox to cook chamber opening is half above your tuning plates and half above the plates or is the opening above the plates and you are trying to divert it down?


if you put plate all the way to the opening between the firebox and cooking chamber 3/4's of the opening would be below so i will have to divert the other 1/4 down.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13 09 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, I got you. I mistyped before also I meant half above the plates and half below the plates but I understand what you have now.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14 09 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well after looking at it and thinking about what purplewg said I went ahead and recut the plate and welded it solid in place. No gaps on the side now. Now I need to finish the rest of my rack above it and put the drain in. That will complete everything inside the cooking chamber. Then i can go to work on the firebox handle and grate for the wood to sit on. Then to the vents plus any little tweeks I need to make.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19 09 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I got the inside completed in the cooking chamber except the drain hole and I built a raincap for the smokestack. Now I am ready to move to the firebox and cut the vents and build the wood rack in the bottom. Will post some more pics as soon as I can.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19 09 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RLane22 wrote:
well after looking at it and thinking about what purplewg said I went ahead and recut the plate and welded it solid in place. No gaps on the side now. Now I need to finish the rest of my rack above it and put the drain in. That will complete everything inside the cooking chamber. Then i can go to work on the firebox handle and grate for the wood to sit on. Then to the vents plus any little tweeks I need to make.


Good work RLane22. I was going to weld that plate in mine but my damper and adjustment rod is right under it. I may want to modify the damper someday so I didn't weld mine in. It will make it easier to get to if I can remove it.
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