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Building 1st smoker Completed
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k.a.m.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19 09 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RLane22, very nice work Very Happy A fore long you will be ready for a test burn. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02 09 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I finally had a day to work on the ole girl. I finished the inside tuning plates and put a small handle on top of each one of them to move around if needed. I put a slide track on the back and nuts and bolts on the front for adjustment. Then I placed the final grate in place and welded the drain in. I moved from there to the vents. I wanted to be different so I put a 2 hole in one end and on the clean out side I used the door for a vent with a catch I seen lineman21 use. Forgot to move the chain before taking pics of it (oops.) Then I moved to the front and put the burner and small holding area for cooking beans. I found one of the woks we made and put on there for a demo also. Then I added a rain cap to the stack. Now I have some grinding and prep work before sandblasting, painting and of course burn in.
I do need help securing my propane bottle to the front where it sets. Any one have an idea for this.
Here are a few pics of where I am at.





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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03 09 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RLane22, that is really sweet. I can't wait to sample goodies from it. Oh, that's right you are a long ways away...lol

For the propane tank, how about a strap that attaches to the vertical support right behind it. Looks like the railing support. Thin metal strap attached to that and wraps around the tank with a bolt to tighten the two straps together.

Galvanized hurricane strapping for trailers comes to mind. About 1-1 1/2 inch wide and bendable. I think they also use it to strap down little utility sheds.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03 09 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RLane22, she is looking great. Very Happy You are coming right along, I like the saw tooth adjuster I use that on a lot of my builds for intake adjustments. Keep up the great work and keep the pics coming. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05 09 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the input purplewg I may still have some strap around here. Wifey hinting she wants some que this weekend might need to go ahead and burn it in and do a cook this weekend. will post some pics if I do.

Thanks k.a.m. I was smelling firewood smoke last night had to run out and make sure the neighbor down the road didnt start a fire in her. He did threatin he was going to.(lol) He was in front of his shop starting his up preparing to do some smoking for the weekend.

I am supposed to get with the sandblaster next week.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05 09 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RLane22 wrote:
thanks for the input purplewg I may still have some strap around here. Wifey hinting she wants some que this weekend might need to go ahead and burn it in and do a cook this weekend. will post some pics if I do.

I am supposed to get with the sandblaster next week.


You could also build a round cage for it to sit in with a strap with a latch across the top for bumps. Two round circles connected to the vertical support behind it and three vertical supports between these two round circles (straps) going around the tank. I'm thinking a couple pieces of 1/8th inch by 1 inch flat stock would work just fine.

This would look more professional than my cheap and dirty method. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06 09 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a AWESOME BUILD !!!!!!!!!!!!
I think you've thought of Everything......
Great Job !!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10 09 2:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks erniesshop I wanted to get it going by labor day but some unforseen things came up. I have my thermastats to put on and time to complete a few little things.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10 09 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lookin good, you about ready for some paint?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16 09 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks HillbillySmoker I Believe your right. I got the gauges in and no rain in sight for yesterday evening. So I put the first coat of paint on and fired the ole girl up. I stoked her up to 450 degrees for a couple of hours and then brought her to 325 oiled the racks and held her for 2 hours then reoiled the racks again and let her go until she burnt out. I checked the racks this morning and they sure look good. Just in time to, I have been asked to cook 4 briskets and some ribs for lunch Saturday. Sweet a reason to fire her up again. I know (it didnt happen until the pics are in.)LOL. So I will be taking some pics and posting. I still have to put the front shelf board on and attach the propane tank to the front, but she will cook this weekend with out them probably. Then I will put another coat of paint to her and take a final pic.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17 09 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is an awesome looking rig! I like how compact it all is - and that you can get to it all from the ground. Good job!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17 09 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the compact look myself, you done a good job on your build RLane.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17 09 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! Awesome job! Have enjoyed watching it come together. Cant wait to see it in action.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17 09 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks day-trippr the last one I built was to high and I wanted others to be able to use it also.

Thanks Hillbilly I appreciate your input on her. It was fun going through the scrap pile and building everything from the ground up.

Thanks mtrammel, me to. I keep looking back and I am glad I took pics all along the way. Maybe it will help someone else out if they see something they like on the ole girl.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19 09 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RLane22, Awesome finish to a fine build Very Happy I love everything about your build. A place for everything and everything in its place, well thought out. Very Happy Very nice design, I look forward to seeing your first cook. Nicely done my man Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21 09 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Build looks great but I have to ask.
What are the metal drawers?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22 09 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those aren't drawers, those are tuning plates in the main cook chamber, he just has little handles on them to make it easier to move them so he can fine tune the temps across the cook chamber.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22 09 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks k.a.m. that means alot to me coming from you. I did get to do my first smoke on it this past weekend but the pics are very good on my phone. I had 3 briskets and 3 spare ribs the smoker held her temp right at 245 250 all night putting one stick every 1.5 to 2 hours on her. I was only using half the firebox for fire and the other end kept the extra wood ready to go. I still have to build a grill grate to put in the firebox.

QObsession thanks after you said that I had to look back and see what drawers you were referring to. Thanks that gives me an idea for a slide out on another one I am helping a buddie on now.

Thanks HillbillySmoker your right on the tuning I had a 8-10 degree difference between the gauges which isnt bad but I believe I can get it just a tad closer.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22 09 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You did a great job on that rig and it sounds like it cooks like a dream! Congratulations! Your hard work paid off big. Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22 09 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Tom C. I am happy with her. Now I have to get more cooks on her and post the outcome. Here are a few of the pics but now I noticed I did not get the Final on the ribs I have to work on my picture taking ability.(lol)






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