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Project: Brian's Octagon Smoker Build - DONE!
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Brians_45
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01 10 12:43 pm    Post subject: Project: Brian's Octagon Smoker Build - DONE! Reply with quote

Since deer season has come to a close, I can now turn my focus on building a smoker. As some of you may remember, I posted the drawing a while back and got some great feedback.

I started this build on Friday, January 29, 2010. And so it begins...

The concept:


Sides of the cooking chamber cut out:


Cooking chamber taking shape:


Inside of the cooking chamber:


Cleaned up all the welds on the chamber (waiting to put the rest of the chamber together until I get it off my bench and self standing):


Firebox taking shape:


Firebox buttoned up and cleaned up:



The wheels and hinges should be in tomorrow. My next step is to get the main chamber off the table and on the frame and legs (also ready). Then I am going to mount the firebox. After that, I'll finish the main chamber and cut all of the doors. I intend to cook ribs on this pit for the Super Bowl.

Comments, questions and advice are always welcome!

-Brian

Pics Resized. I didn't realize they had come out that big!


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01 10 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brian looks like your off to a well thought out plan. Keep us updated.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01 10 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Top Notch!! I like cleaning up the welds. Some like to leave them for show. I never have. I prefer to have the untrained try and figure out how all that came together in on piece.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01 10 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For some of us cleaning up the welds is a necessity, or risk embarassment if somebody sees them. LOL Embarassed

Good looking build so far. Keep us posted.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01 10 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha ha, there is that as well Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02 10 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the compliments, guys. The casters didn't come in today, but the hinges did. So I went ahead and got started on the door for the firebox. All has gone well, thus far (knocking on wood). Smile

It is definitely taking me longer to accomplish certain tasks than expected, though. It took me 3 hours to cut, hinge and flange the firebox door. I didn't think it would take half that time... Confused

If my casters don't come in tomorrow, I'm going to finish up the door and get the air intake vents in. If my casters do come in, I'll probably hurt my back getting the main chamber off the table and on to the frame...

On to the pics:

Door cutout drawn out:


Hinges tacked on:




Door cut out:


Flanges tacked on:


-Brian
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02 10 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brian, awesome work my man. Very Happy That is going to be a fine looking cooker when she is complete. I look forward to some more updates. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02 10 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

man thats alot of welding ,,, Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02 10 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was the outside of your cook chamber bent as one piece or was each piece welded in strips?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02 10 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Somebody was paying attention at school with all that geometry. Mr. Green

Brian, that looks great! You're doing a super job.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is looking great! I like the way you kept with the octagon pattern for the doors as well.

Like everyone else, looking forward to more updates and the first cook.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

daddywoofdawg wrote:
Was the outside of your cook chamber bent as one piece or was each piece welded in strips?


It was welded on in strips. 10" x 48 5/8" strips, to be exact. It puts the total outside dimensions of the cooking chamber at 24 5/8" x 48 5/8".

romex2121 - It will probably end up taking a full bottle of C25 and 11 lbs of .030 wire by the time it is done. It's good practice! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a great looking build. I look forward to more pictures in the future.

Can I ask where you sourced your hinges?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cdub806 wrote:
That is a great looking build. I look forward to more pictures in the future.

Can I ask where you sourced your hinges?


Got the from here: http://www.kck.com/bbq_hinge_smoker_pit_grill_wood_stove_4.html

They seem to be very good quality. I used the 3" version on the firebox and will be using 2 of the 6" version on the main chamber.

-Brian
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice! I have a very similar pit. Mine is a hexagon vs an octagon. I didn't build it but I will say I have yet to see another pit like it until now. Great job so far, can't wait to see the finished pics!

Here are a couple pics of my hex.



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sauced! - Nice rig! Was it a commercial builder that built it? I don't believe I've ever seen one quite like that.



All I got done tonight was finish welding the flanges on the firebox door and fabricating/installing the air inlet damper.

I tried my freehand plasma torch skills to cut the damper out. It didn't come out too bad. I figured that I was gettin' pretty good at octagons, so why ruin a good thing, right?! Very Happy



Here is the close up of how I am keeping tension on the damper. It is kinda hard to see in the pic, but there is a spring in between the two washers. It seems to work pretty well, but I am not going to finish weld any of it until I test it.



UPS says that my wheels will be here tomorrow, so I should be able to get the main chamber off the table and on the frame. I might even get around to fabbing up the other two air inlet dampers for the front/back of the firebox.

-Brian
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brians_45 wrote:
Sauced! - Nice rig! Was it a commercial builder that built it? I don't believe I've ever seen one quite like that.


-Brian


It was built by Carry On Trailers. I actually bought it at a Lowes down in Florida last year. I still haven't seen another one like it.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04 10 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brians_45, nice job.... This style of build will lend itself well for a rotisserie..... Just a thought.
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Awning Guy wrote:
Brians_45, nice job.... This style of build will lend itself well for a rotisserie..... Just a thought.


Yes sir it will. There are future plans for that. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04 10 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now she's off the workbench and on her own four legs! Smile

I used some 1/2" round bar to make the studs for the wheels and some hitch pins to keep the wheels on there. It took a while to get these right so that the pit would roll straight.





This wasn't as easy as it looks...lol There were jacks, jack stands, buckets, scraps of wood, steel and even an ice chest involved in getting this thing level. Did you know that all 5 gallon buckets are not exactly the same height? Laughing



Looks like tomorrow I am going to finish up the last two inlet dampers on the firebox and get it mounted to the main chamber.

If all goes as planned, I should be smoking ribs on this thing for the Super Bowl! Very Happy

-Brian
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