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DesertPits
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PostPosted: Wed May 12 10 4:36 am    Post subject: Oh Nooo....Not another new build Reply with quote

We have been lurking in the background like some of the other viewers for about a year looking at all the builds and getting ideas. This is the best site for everything BBQ.

Me and my neighbor down the street have been BBQing for many years and have decided to do our best to build a smoker. We need several backyard units that will cook several turkeys or 3-4 butts or some racks of ribs. We don�t think we need a large propane tank at this time. We found a 20 inch by 3/8 inch pipe and a piece of 5 ft by 8 ft � inch plate on Craigs list. With a 19 ft piece of pipe we figure we can keep building till we get it right. Our first one will be 28 inches long with a side firebox.

This is my first time using Photobucket, so I hope it works out.

Getting the pipe home

http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/ORIGINALPIPE-STEELPLATE.jpg

cutting with a plasma cutter
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0603.jpg

http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0609.jpg

having a small tractor helps
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0627.jpg

smoker chamber
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0656.jpg

cutting end pieces
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/circleone.jpg

What do we do now?
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0661.jpg
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PostPosted: Wed May 12 10 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice lookin build Very Happy Very Happy

looks like you are going to have some extra pipe left over just pm me with a address and I come pick it up Very Happy having that big ugly pipe just laying around makes one heck of an eye sore
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PostPosted: Wed May 12 10 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cant wait to see how this one turns out, good luck.
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PostPosted: Wed May 12 10 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a good start. Any plans on the layout?

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PostPosted: Wed May 12 10 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great start, looks like your my neighbor, I'm in Pearblossom.
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PostPosted: Wed May 12 10 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DesertPits, y'all are off to a great start and a lot of material to work with. Very Happy I will be watching for more updates and pics. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed May 12 10 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That last picture made me flash the cover of popular mechanics.LOL
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PostPosted: Wed May 12 10 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like you have your hands full there. Good sign! Not much worse than that feeling you are running out of mat'l. Awesome place you have there for your build. I love the desert. I may have to skip over to New Mexico and ride shotgun with killswitch505 just for the view. I believe his offer is his mat'l aquisition method LOL. He has made this offer before. Looking forward to watching this come about.
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PostPosted: Thu May 13 10 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi everybody
Here's some more pics.
Thanks for the comments.

daddywoofdawg yea were from that era
billsner yes your not too far away. i'm in yucca valley
Sgt. Stel no we don't have any plans. were just kind of winging
it as we go

Were still moving along. Got the smoke chamber cut and now building a stand to so we can work on it. Stand may become part of smoker. Still working on returning comments and posting pics.

HERE'S TUBE WITH ENDS CUT
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/cirtwo.jpg

LAYING OUT STAND
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0692.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/DSC00028.jpg
STAND PUT TOGETHER
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/DSC00035-1.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/DSC00037-1.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/DSC00041.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/DSC00042.jpg
ALSO MADE A STAINLESS STEEL GRATE FOR THE WEBER...NO MORE STICKING
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IM000099.jpg
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PostPosted: Thu May 13 10 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anybody know how to cut a large pipe square? We did ok on this one but we spent alot of time. Would be nice if there was a quick way. More progress on the build coming.

Thanks
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PostPosted: Thu May 13 10 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use a wrap around http://www.releeco.com/
I just use the regular wrap around.
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PostPosted: Thu May 13 10 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW very very interesting. I'm going to look into that.

Thanks
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PostPosted: Thu May 13 10 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DesertPits, very nice work y'all are doing. Very Happy I also use a wrap around for pipe cuts. Make sure you wrap at least 1/3 around over your original wrap to ensure you are square on the pipe.
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PostPosted: Fri May 14 10 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got some more pics of the door cutout and grate/racks.

http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0718.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0723.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0721.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0728.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0731.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0734.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0736.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0733.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0738.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0782.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0784.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0786.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0769.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0768.jpg
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PostPosted: Fri May 14 10 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks awesome. Really like the effect made by the plug welds. I dont think I want to pick that up. Great work!
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PostPosted: Fri May 14 10 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's looking great. I'm really surprised that lid did not move on you one way or another. Great job on the plug welds.
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PostPosted: Fri May 14 10 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DesertPits, your cooker is coming along nicely. Very Happy She is starting to take shape. I will be watching for more pics. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat May 15 10 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim_K wrote:
Use a wrap around http://www.releeco.com/
I just use the regular wrap around.


A Wide Nylon Tow Strap Will Also Work......................
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PostPosted: Mon May 17 10 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Were onto building the firebox. We decided to use a rounded bottom (3/8 inch) for the ash catcher with straight sides (� inch) for the box. On this one we�re going to have a flat top and the door will be on the end. The firebox may be a bit to tall. It is close to � the size of the cooker. We were going to cut several inches off the top but since it is already built were going to try it as is. It is bolted on for now, if it works ok we�ll weld it on. We hope to have the firebox door cut and installed along with end of build welding, etc and have a fire burning within 3-4 days. Any ideas on the ideal firebox size? Is a to big a firebox ok because you have more reserve fire/heat or is it a waste of wood?


Jim_K, thanks for the wrap around tool info. dave ordered one the same day.

erniesshop, i'm going to try the strap idea also.

Thanks
Mike and Dave

Cut piece of pipe for bottom
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0742.jpg
Box building
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0743.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0744.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0745.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/IMG_0771.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/DSC00069.jpg
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz302/DesertPits/DSC00073.jpg
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PostPosted: Mon May 17 10 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i like it !!!!! sweet build its coming right along
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