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MGeslock
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PostPosted: Jul 29 2010    Post subject: Oil Tank Pit..... Reply with quote

Thanks to all that have posted. I have learned so much. I would like input from all that have ideas. Here is what I got....






I have taped it off to mark the cut lines.


I have pop riveted steel to use as a guide and to prevent the door from shifting. I will reuse the steel to use as a seal.

I have used the firebox calculator. Please check my math...

Firebox size will be 30x26x30. I will make a cardboard mock up to make sure it looks in proportion.

Firebox to chamber opening will be 8x20.

Air inlet opening ... 4x5 4 of them.

What am I missing?

PS Tank AND trailer were free!!!

I am using Picasa and cant seem to get larger photos.
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PostPosted: Jul 29 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the ring MGeslock, looking forward to seeing some pics of your cooks and following your cooker build. Smile
I was guessing that your tank is 250 gall. and that you are going with a square firebox when I ran the numbers. Everything seems alright with the numbers I used except you are a bit small on your firebox to cooker chamber opening which might not matter.
I like what you have so far and it looks like you are thinking ahead for any possible movements in the tank, I will be watching for more pics and updates. Smile
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PostPosted: Jul 31 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote



I am planning on using the 2 inch steel bar to seal the gaps. I did not cut the tank in half. I want to mount the stack on the solid part.

What type of hinges should I use to make sure that the steel bar will clear the tank?

Will this work?

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PostPosted: Aug 01 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks nice. I have one of those also. I have been adding on to mine. My fire box is 30" deep 24" tall and 24" wide. The hole between the fire box and cooking chamber 4 x 29. One thing i can defintly tell you to do is make sure you have drain in the bottom for the grease to get out. I had drain in mine but never really drained out. Grease fires are never nice. Had two of them. then i put in new bottom and sloped to drain.

http://usera.imagecave.com/roaster/competion/cooker/
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PostPosted: Aug 01 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

MGeslock, those hinges will work just fine for bridging the flat bar on your door. You can also use pipe
and round bar for your hinges. I weld the round stock to my flat bar and door.
Here is a pic if your interested.

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PostPosted: Aug 01 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the ideas and photos. Please keep them coming. I don't have a welder, so every thing that needs to be welder, I have to farm out.

roster- can you post a photo of your firebox? That is the same size I have settled on. I even made a cardboard mock up to see if it looked in proportion.

kam - I think I like that idea best! I have lurked here and have seen them. Will you please give me the dimensions?

Here are a few updates... (I figured out that I can not re-size the photos if I took them from my Black Berry).




Went to the land fill and found 2x4 to do the burn out.

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PostPosted: Aug 02 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

MGeslock, the pipe I use is 1/2'' SCH 80. I cut them 5'' long. I use two rods that are bent into a 90 angle for each hinge they insert 2'' into the pipe. I also grind out the inner arc of the rods so that they mate to the pipe closer. The length of the rod that attaches to the door varies on each build, most of the time I can get by with about 6'' long. That will cross over the strap and also give enough to secure to the door. If you have any more questions feel free to ask. Smile
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PostPosted: Aug 03 2010    Post subject: Firebox Reply with quote

MGeslock here are some hotos of my firebox


http://usera.imagecave.com/roaster/firebox/
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PostPosted: Aug 04 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

roaster- Thanks for the photos. You bring up an interesting point... the drain....

I was thinking about a bathroom sink drain. It would be small and is funnel shaped. I have looked at several but can not get an "adapter" to a shut off valve.

Ideas??
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PostPosted: Aug 04 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

MGeslock i have never shut my valve i always leave it open. I have spoken with other people and the leave theres open also. I have a 2 inch brass shut off valve but never have ran cooker with it shut
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PostPosted: Aug 04 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

MGeslock, You could have your welder, weld a 1.5'' or 2'' pipe nipple to a 1/8'' plate and then drill some mounting holes and just bolt it on from underneath. Where are you located if you don't mind me asking?
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PostPosted: Aug 05 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

kam- -I am in Fredericksburg, VA. We are 50 miles south of Washington DC.

The only reason for a drain shut off would be for towing. If all of the fluids were not out, I didn't want them dripping all over the road.
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PostPosted: Aug 08 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a few updates.



The firebox hole.


One stack cut.



Second stack cut.

I hope to pick up the fire box on Sunday.

Thanks k.a.m for the help!!
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PostPosted: Aug 09 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting close!!



Pre-weld



Extra support.


Stacks on.


Painted.

I need to cut the vent holes, work on stiffing the lid and the grate.

If you have ideas, please post.

BTW the fire box has now made the trailer off balance. I thought that I figured it out. I just will have my 12 year old stand on the front..... I will weld a 80lb plate to counter. There goes my gas mileage Smile.
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PostPosted: Aug 15 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a few updates. We got the vents cut and installed. We were working on the hinges, but ran out of time.





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PostPosted: Aug 15 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

MGeslock, your making some real progress and your cooker is looking fantastic. I like the handles on your intake slides, that is a nice touch Very Happy I look forward to seeing some more pics and updates. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Aug 17 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

looking good . keep the updates coming
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PostPosted: Aug 21 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote



I had to do some adjusting on the lid. I did not get all of it out. I may need to cut the hinge welds. That is where it appears to be binding.



Loaded for a test run.


Nothing like fire on a hot Aug night.



Let there be smoke!



More adjustments that need to be made.
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PostPosted: Aug 21 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote

MGeslock, I see you used the truck jack method. Very Happy Your moving right along on your cooker and she is looking Great.
If your door continues to want to open you can always install cam lock latches on each side to seal her up. I look forward to seeing some more pics and updates. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Aug 23 2010    Post subject: Reply with quote



I found this cool wheel crank to put on the bolt for the firebox vents.



I decided to add some angle so I can add tuning plates. On my test there was 30 degree difference (on the outside) from the firebox to the other end.
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