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mtrammel
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PostPosted: May 17 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good. Like the size of the box...nice balance.
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PostPosted: May 17 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks good. i like the rounded bottom on the firebox. cant wait to see more pics
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DesertPits
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PostPosted: May 27 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had to take a break from the smoker for a week or so but we're back on it now. We finished up the firebox with the door and vents and the door latch. We still need to put some kind of latch for the sliding vent door. We expect to be quing by this holiday weekend.

Thanks for looking
Mike and Dave

We made some wood templets for the door and vent plate to use with the plasma cutter.




We decided to make a sliding type of air inlet vent. Welded some rails on the sides and slid the plate in.

Welded angle iron inside the box and put a heavy duty piece of expanded metal in.

Pictures of the door latch, air vents and sliding plate that needs a latch. The door latch will be ground and shaped so that it looks a little more desirable.



Here's the grate and tuning plates. Haven't done a fire yet, so dont know what size they will be.

This is pretty much the complete unit. We'll build a test fire in a day or two.
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PostPosted: May 27 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

glad to see the update also see my pit in the background just let me know when shes ready for pick up Wink
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PostPosted: May 27 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking sharp!
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PostPosted: May 27 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a great buildup good job. keep them pics a coming
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k.a.m.
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PostPosted: May 28 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

DesertPits, that is an awesome looking cooker right there. Very Happy Y'all are doing some nice work right there.
The sawtooth that I use on my vertical doors would work well on your intake. I have used it on several builds and it works really well.
Here is a pic if your interested.

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DesertPits
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PostPosted: Jun 01 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well finaly got to cook something. We did 2 tri tips to check things out. Everything was on sale this wkeekend. We had a semi hard time getting up to full cooking temp. Started out at 175 and had to build to appx 250. Took about 1.5 hrs to get to temp and about 3.5+ hrs to cook 2 tri tips.
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Mike and Dave

some pics of the end result





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daddywoofdawg
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PostPosted: Jun 01 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

1.5hrs to get to temp sounds about right for that much heavy steel.I hope you made templates for your legs and such I'm sure other will want one too,since you have the extra pipe.
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PostPosted: Jun 01 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

The rounded bottom on the firebox is Grade A+. Not much compares to taking the extra step to do something that sets your pit apart from the norm.
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glenoweth
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PostPosted: Jun 01 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice looking smoker! i wish i knew how to make one =)
And the tri tip looks soooo good. I have not had the chance to cook a tri tip yet I hear they are hard not to dry out. any tips ?
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PostPosted: Jun 03 2010    Post subject: This is a SMOKIN' smoker!! Reply with quote

This is an amazing build and I love the photos ...now I'm HUNGRY!! ...gotta go smoke a tri-tip, or a couple butts!! Laughing
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PostPosted: Jun 04 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good looking build there! looks like you got a second one in the works in the background.
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maddixieman74
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PostPosted: Jun 04 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

killswitch505 wrote:
glad to see the update also see my pit in the background just let me know when shes ready for pick up Wink
now killswitch i think you are wrong i think that one is mine lol Razz Razz great looking set up you have made there it lookswell made and will be around till you go bigger
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mtrammel
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PostPosted: Jun 04 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great job guys on both the cooker and the cook! Man that smoke ring looks great. And doesnt it taste better off your own cooker...
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PostPosted: Jun 04 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful job!!!!!!!!!!!
That Tri Tip looks great, nice smoke ring on it!
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PostPosted: Jun 04 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

DesertPits, really like the design. That is one sharp looking pit Cool . And the tri tips look awsome. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Jun 05 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work guys on the smoker and the cook! You really put some nice touches on the smoker and the tri's looked out of this world good. Cool
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PostPosted: Sep 02 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi again everyone. Me (mike) and Dave have been working on our second unit for the past couple of months. We've had about a dozen smokes on the first unit. We had to do a little figuring with the tuning plates, big/little fire, outside temp/wind etc. Anyway we ate everything we cooked.

We're onto our second unit now (oh nooo #2) which is the same unit but with some modifications. We added a baffle inside the fire box to help direct the heat into the smoke chamber, redesigned the smoke chamber handle ( the higher you lifted the old handle the more your wrist touched the hot door), Dave redesigned the firebox door with a new latch and new air inlet system, added handle to cooking grate, Dave also made some round flanges (he has a lathe and mill in his garage, must be nice...lol ) for the exhaust stack which is welded on the inside then ground smooth then bolted to the smoke chamber, also after running into the firebox corners several times we rounded the corners. We have not built a fire in this unit yet so don't know how the baffle will work. FYI....I have an infrared point and shoot thermometer and the firebox gets between 400-540 degrees on the outside.
I told photobucket to resize to 640x480 but some are still big, I'll keep working on it.

Thanks for looking
Mike and Dave



This shows the baffle and top plate of the firebox






Exhaust flange





Working on top door stop





Grate handle



New door handle



New firebox door





Closed unit

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k.a.m.
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PostPosted: Sep 02 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

DesertPits, nice work on the second cooker. Very Happy I started dropping my door handles lower a while back
for that same reason. The offset in my signature was built for a woman that was not very tall and her
wrist would touch the door so I had to come up with something that would keep her on the lower end.
Keep up the fine work. Very Happy I will be watching for more pics and updates.
Your pics all loaded the same size and they look great. Very Happy
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