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King Crab Cooker First Cook-Updated Pics 04.13.2010
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acrab3116
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12 09 3:53 am    Post subject: King Crab Cooker First Cook-Updated Pics 04.13.2010 Reply with quote

Here are some pics of the build I am currently undertaking. As I made the post I realized that I have been working on this off an on for 3 months nights and weekends. Hopefully it will end one day.

Here is a shot of the trailer I built for the smokers.



It is 16 ft long and 6.5 ft wide. I ended up moving the axles back some after making some firebox weight calculations.



And added some 2x2 angle to stiffen the frame, too much flexing for me.



I built two fireboxes that are basically 3 x 3 x 3 for the smokers I am going to put on the trailer, both have 1 inch insulation between two sheets of metal.









Here are my two tanks. The old propane tank is intended to be a reverse flow smoker and the shorter pipe will have a vertical attached to it as well. The propane tank is about 3ft in diameter and 8-9ft long. The pipe is also 3ft in diameter and 3.5 ft long.





Here is the beginning of the vertical box, it is 3 x 3 by 4.5 tall.



As things come together, I will post more pics. I have others located on photobucket at this url

http://s264.photobucket.com/albums/ii200/acrab3116/Smokers/


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12 09 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW! Great work, I looked at some of your other stuff, nicely done.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12 09 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

acrab3116, you are off to a great start right there Very Happy Very nice work. And I enjoyed the pics on your photobucket, very nice work indeed.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12 09 8:23 am    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

Bmorse and KAM,

Thanks, it takes a while, but eventually I guess you get better at stuff. I need to remember no more square fireboxes
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12 09 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

acrab3116, those are great pictures nice job! I look forward to following your progress.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15 10 11:32 am    Post subject: Updated progress Reply with quote

December was unkind to smoker building, travel to see family, digging out of a couple snowstorms and limited motivation to go to the shop in our balmy winter weather. But I was able to complete some more work on the trailer recently. It is actually looking like I might be cooking on it by spring (yay). First I mounted the horizontal portion and made the top cut and welded the hinges on


Then I worked on the exhaust for the vertical portion. I made two exhausts out of 4x4 tubing with internal baffles.



I went ahead and made rain caps for the exhausts from the tubing as well.


Next I loaded the upright on the trailer and started fitting it to the horizontal portion. I am going to drain from the vertical, so I mounted it about 3/8" lower than the horizontal.




I made an adjustable baffle for the bottom and I plan to cut a couple of holes about the level of the main rack. I think that should be sufficient. If anyone has any suggestions, I would be glad to hear them. This is the first time I have made this model of smoker.


I also plan to work on a counter weight in the next couple of days. I hope to use the traditional set up with a piece of tubing or pipe as the main weight and some small tubing as the frame. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16 10 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

acrab3116, very nice work there she is looking awesome Very Happy I know all about building in the Holidays. It seems our projects have a way of taking a very very back seat. Laughing I look forward to seeing some more updates.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16 10 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who in their right mind actually thinks this stuff thru ahead of time? Maybe someone in their right mind? The firebox is awesome and the whole project looks well thought out. I look forward to watching this. Nice work digs as well.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16 10 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DANNNGG !!! Your work is SICK !! Very nice, thanks for sharing with us..
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17 10 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kam -- Yeah, the holidays are a slow time, but unfortunately I have a deadline looming, my wife is due on 2-26. With two kids under 2, I probably won't make it back to the shop until summer unless family comes out.

wreckless -- As far as I can see, if you think it through before hand, all you do is change your plan once you get into building. I don't know how many changes I have made, but that is the fun of building it yourself. Thanks on the digs, but I still lay in bed and dream of a shop with 14 ft doors and overhead hoist, ahhh dreams

txcritter -- Thanks for the compliment. I have learned a lot from the ring and it seems pics are the best way to learn.

Here is my current little helper


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17 10 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy cow! Where do you mount the main gun? She is a tank my friend! Looks great so far. Can't wait to see how she cooks. Good luck Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18 10 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

messerist -- I plan to mount the tanks back to back, so it will be on the other side of the trailer. Thanks for the compliment.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18 10 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

upright is a monster! Looks great also, nice work
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19 10 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Big Ron, I hope that I can cook in both the horizontal and vertical with minimal temp difference, we will see.

I was able to make some more headway in the last week. I mounted the other tank on the trailer.




And after some guessing and many words I shouldn't say, I was able to put together a counterweight.



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02 10 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey guys, I have been able to work a little more on the pit this past weekend. I was able to install the temp gauge placements and rack slides in the smoker with the upright.


I was also able to get the gauge placements, rack guides, and counterweights on the large smoker.



One of my buddies also gave a set of sinks out of an old bar that I think I will use, the only problem is the setup is 8 ft long and will take the rest of the trailer on one side. I guess no grill for now.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21 10 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is the progress so far. With the new baby coming, I am not sure I will get it done, too soon.

Here is the plate in the reverse flow smoker


I also put the sink on to get an idea of where I needed to mount it.



I also added my wood box and cooler compartments.


And locked the doors down


Here's how it should look when it is done.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21 10 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a monster brother man, simply awesome.. Im jealous, and congrats on the young un on the way, and your lil helper looks like hes gonna be a HOSS... congrats again..
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22 10 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Critter -- Thanks for the kind words. If her mother stays with us for a while, I might get it ready for painting before too long, just have to wait and see. I can't wait for Gus to be old enough to help build another (smaller) cooker.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23 10 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

acrab3116, your cooker build is moving right along and looking fantastic. Very Happy I like what you are doing with all your space, it looks well thought out. I will be watching for more updates. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15 10 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks kam, I tried to thing everything through, but several adjustments have been made since the beginning.
I was able to get some things done while the in-laws were here, it is almost ready to be blasted an painted, hopefully this weekend.

Here we are putting the stacks on the smoker with the upright


Both stacks tacked on


View from the rear


Just one problem, the rear was too heavy once the fireboxes were put on. I didn't calculate the weight good enough. Notice the jack off the ground.



I have put some 1 inch plates on the front that leveled it out and now I am putting more bracing under the trailer to stiffen it. Hopefully I will be able to weld everything solid this week. Once the final product is ready for blasting, I will post a pic.
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