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FNG ... Smoker build - 4-2-12 Update- Paint/Stainless top.
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BIGFELLA
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PostPosted: Wed May 19 10 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pyronoel - The cooker's lookin' good. hopefully you'll get done by August. I know the feeling. I'm hoping to have my build done by November. I'm having a BBQ contest in September maybe I can get you out to Dardenne Praire for it in September.
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PostPosted: Wed May 19 10 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When in sept? Where at?



...Last night I got the handles welded on, took the door off and painted.

A wire wheel in my angle grinder did a good job of cleaning the rust off the welds, and a DA did most of the rest.

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PostPosted: Thu May 20 10 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I snuck a few hours of sanding and grinding in this afternoon and got the smoke chamber painted.

I'll have to break out the sand blaster to get in the grooves around the exhaust, and still have to weld on the hot plate on top of the firebox. -scored a 2x2' chunk of 1/2" tread plate the other day Smile Get to see what the ole mig does turned wide open Smile

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PostPosted: Thu May 20 10 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lookin good in black Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu May 20 10 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pyronoel,

The cooker looks great painted. I sent you a PM about the contest.

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PostPosted: Thu May 20 10 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man it's really lookin good. I like having four thermometers if anything for reference in the different zones. Right on!
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PostPosted: Fri May 21 10 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking nice pyronoel If you're in St. Charles I wouldn't mind stopping by and checking this beauty out. PM me if you like the idea. JoshShef might be interested too.

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PostPosted: Sat May 22 10 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pyronoel, your cooker looks good in black. Very Happy I love it, I will be watching for some more updates. Keep up the fine work. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri May 28 10 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damper and fiberglass gasket is on the firebox door.

Sprayed canola oil all over the inside, and lit a fire. 1 Chimney of lump, and then 1/2 a chimney worth of un-lit lump dumped on top. Then added a few sticks over time... see below for temps....

I have a lot of smoke leaks around the smoker lid, and the firebox top lid. I plan to add the gasket to the smoker lid tomorrow.

First cook starts sat morning.

Firebox top lid is going to get a 1/2" plate for a hotplate, this weight along with the gasket should stop it from leaking.

I feel confident once I lower the fire grate in the firebox, seal the leaks, I will be able to get some good temps out of it.


4 Thermo's located on the lid, here are the temps:

8:00 -Light first fire

9:00 Add 1 stick

140 142
115 140


9:15

150 160
127 150

9:30 Add 2 sticks and push fire closer to smoker end:

162 175
140 165

9:45

168 210
170 200

10:00

178 188
163 184


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PostPosted: Fri May 28 10 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice lookin build.
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PostPosted: Sat May 29 10 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tonight:

Rebuilt the fire grate to lower it.




2 nights ago, got the gasket on the firebox:


Gasket around the smoke chamber.






7am I light the fire to cook!.... And while it's smoking all day, I work on the rest of the trailer.







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PostPosted: Sun May 30 10 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pyronoel, I like your charcoal rack design that looks sharp. Very Happy I will be watching for some pics of your cook. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun May 30 10 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First Cook on FNG cooker- And it went great!

Started the fire at 7:15

Keeping a modest fire in the box, kept the pit at 200-225 all day long. 10 Degree between Top Left, Top Right and Bottom Right. 25 deg drop on bottom left- smoke goes around that spot as it circles around the RF plate. Might put in a deflector to try to fix that.

4 Pork Butts went in at 8:15. 2 racks of ribs around 10:30, and some pork steaks later on. My bro made some ABT that kicked butt. Also wrapped some shrimp in bacon - never made it past the grill. And some Garlic cloves, wrapped in bacon- big hit.

ABT's and Pork Steaks were for family bbq.... butts were just to have Smile They came off at 8:30pm

My brother (lives next door) came down the hill with his grill to cook some pork steaks- with a caramelized layer of Sweet baby rays.

Final conclusion: Pork Steaks are best either grilled with sauce, or grilled with a NC sauce as baste. Smoked just doesn't do them justice.








ME:





Pork Steaks and ABT









Here's my bro tote'n his grill down the hill... Holland Grill -converted to charcoal.

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PostPosted: Sun May 30 10 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pyronoel, awesome job on your cook and cooker. Very Happy The Butts look fantastic. Beautiful bark, and pulled great, that is a pan full of Goodness right there. The pork steaks and ABT's look mighty tasty as well. Very nice work indeed. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun May 30 10 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks kam Smile

I was really happy with the flavor of the rub. The bark had a very sweet, but a nice spice kick. Really nice once all broke up.

Just had my 2 pork sammies for breakfast, time to go work on the trailer.
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PostPosted: Mon May 31 10 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic cook and what monster ABTs? Were those Anneheim chilies that were stuffed?
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PostPosted: Mon May 31 10 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure, my bro made them.... they rocked!

Tim_Abrahamson wrote:
Fantastic cook and what monster ABTs? Were those Anneheim chilies that were stuffed?
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PostPosted: Mon May 31 10 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a sweet build! Makes me want to get out in the shop!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06 10 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too dern hot n humid to work on the pit today. only 80 tomorrow though!

The 4 temps while it's steady:
TOP Left 215 Right 227


Bottom Left 168 Right 215



The smoke goes out of the RF plate, and I think it's making a nice circle around the dome of the end of the tank, and just circling around that bottom left spot.

Wondering what the best way to solve this would be.

If I put a plate, hanging down on the left,,, will the top left then become a cool spot? - Or maybe a vertical tuning plate.

Suggestions welcome.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06 10 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man oh man the rig really puts out!!!! Every nice lookin que !!!!
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