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New build started...TDS (updated 9/13 -heavy pics)
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Jimbob
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01 09 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now yer talking! Gonna have a damper in those somewhere? This is a much better approach...good for you!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04 09 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This design looks like it will function a lot like the smoker I made. The only problem I have seen so far with mine, is that the stack coming from the firebox to the cooking chamber seems to be a little too small.

Good Luck with yours!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04 09 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bud-wie-ser...
that seems to be a common theme from people I have PM'd with. I have 2 4" square tubes between them...how big is the stack on yours and if you redid it, how much bigger you think it needed to be? Trying to get it right but not over do the increase?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04 09 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine has a 6" dia stove pipe between the firebox and the cooking chamber, but according to the pit building ratio calculator (found in this forum) it should be approximately 50% bigger. If you havent used the calculator yet, i would strongly suggest it.

The problem I see with my smoker is getting enough heat from the firebox into the cooking chamber, it takes a pretty good fire to maintain 225.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14 09 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Made some progress over the weekend...
Made the decision based on some feedback to increase the pipes between the drums to three...

Attached them to a diffuser

Rookie welding...

tubes to the bottom drum

diffuser in place

Drums together and rack and rails added...

expanded added to rack

making hinges with a cheater tube


door fittings for top and bottom doors

smoke stack in the rough

cut out for stack and notch for the stack

Planned upper shelf and front shelf


homemade angle for upper shelf rack

cleaned up smoke stack

stack 1 in place

both stacks up...though I added some angle at the bottom and clearly need to shave to door to compensate...

temp test, but it turned out el cheapo thermo is on the fritz. These work great but I've blown two probes. They work when I cook then go out while I'm not. Must be cleaning them too hard to something. Will have to get another thermo to test again..



Now to start on clean up, paint, and polish.
Started paint removal tonight...bought a small propane torch...appears it will make short work of the dreaded plastic liner not to mention paint!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14 09 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lookin good, can't wait to see it in action, and just in time for football season. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14 09 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mtrammel, I like it Very Happy She is looking awesome, very nice layout and great design on this one. Your welds are looking great, you are learning fast Very Happy Great fab work, and I am looking forward to some more pics Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14 09 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great job. I can't wait to see the eats coming off of this thing... Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14 09 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is looking like a great "save" of the original concept! Cool beans!

I'd weld some flat strip to the angles that support your cooking grate, so it won't try to flip forward when it's loaded with meat. I don't think the cutouts in the drum will keep that from happening. If you locate pieces of flat near the front of the rails you'd only need a few strategically located inches of it to do the job...

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17 09 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HillbillySmoker and purplewg Thanks. I'm looking forward to getting back to it.

k.a.m. Appreciate all the encouragement. Thanks

day_trippr Good advice on the flat strips. Have added that to my todo list. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17 09 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

(post was triplicated (sp?)
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post repeated?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17 09 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ditto
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17 09 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice looking build you have going here mtrammel. I really like the stack idea. great work keep the pics coming
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17 09 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to weld really thin metal, go to your local welding shop, and get them to order you a roll of wire called 20 gauge. Just like the shotgun. It is a powdered metal core wire. I use it all the time on my little 135 Lincolin machine. I use it in car body panels. Have also built several 55 gal drum smokers for friends. Does a super job on the thin drum metal. Bob
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17 09 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RLane22, Thanks!

Bob M, Really appreciate that info...will head for the shop right away!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30 09 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well its been wet here and progress has been slow as other projects have gotten in the way. But progess none the less.
First shot was at noon one Saturday afternoon recently.

Second is of the handle...

third is jus cuz...

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30 09 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty dang good welding on thick and thin metal combination's. Some skill involved there ya know! Good job, now hurry up and get us some cook pictures. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30 09 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mtrammel, very impressive Very Happy You my Friend are becoming quite the welder Smile I look forward to seeing some smoke from this build. I like the design and believe you have a keeper. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30 09 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

purplewg and k.a.m.

Too kind (but very appreciated!)
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