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edub
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13 10 9:32 pm    Post subject: Absolute novice, is it worth it, repost? Reply with quote

Thanks to k.a.m realized I deleted this, I'm ready for an upgrade in size and quality of smoker. Plan more catering and some comps in which I would to travel. I have no welding experience, but enjoy learning.

Ideal smoker, if I bought new would be in the 3-5k range. Some used on craigslist around 2500. Question is aside from putting a price on my time is it worth it to buy a welder, learn and build exactly what I want or wait till I've saved up for something close to what I want.

I'll mention I am not financially ready to purchase a completely new smoker, I can however afford a decent welder and purchase equipment and supplies monthly as I go, and I have my current cooker and access to a non- mobile commercial sized smoker for any jobs obtained in the short -term. Thanks in advance for any insight.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14 10 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

edub, in my opinion you are a great candidate for a welder and build your own cooker.
#1 You have the willingness to learn.
#2 you are in no real hurry to build but can get your welder now, this affords you time to hone your skills at welding and fabricating for when you actually start your build.
#3 You have access to other cookers while your build is going on.
#4 once you have the welder, if you find you enjoy metal working you will find so many uses for the machine that it will in time pay for itself in other jobs alone.
#5 There is nothing more satisfying than saying I built this myself, whether it be a cooker or a shepherds pole for your wife in the backyard.
I could go on and on. Smile If you need further help feel free to ask. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14 10 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, and thank you for this section, I've already emersed myself in the sticky's and posts that are already here, you read it right, no hurry on the build, the business I can't wait, but the build I have the resources to handle the business.

Warning, you'll see lots of questions and posts after about the 3rd week in October when I get ready to make the welder purchase.

Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14 10 9:27 am    Post subject: Re: Absolute novice, is it worth it, repost? Reply with quote

edub wrote:
I have no welding experience, but enjoy learning.
Question is aside from putting a price on my time is it worth it to buy a welder, learn and build exactly what I want or .........

+1 You may be a prime candidate for build your own. Buy the welder. Putting a monetary value based on your time may end up considerally less than minimum wage. Personal value---? Priceless!! Building your own can be some fun stuff with your own personal prize when finished. A win-win IMHO Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20 10 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have some one build exactly what you want you are going to pay for it. If you have the willingness to learn go for it. Buy a welder and get going. There is nothing better than when someone asks where did you get that?????? And you can proudly say "I BUILT THAT"
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23 10 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I say go for. I had a buddy that had the necessary equipment, which was a big help. He taught me a few things as we went along, but mostly I just got busy. What a blast!! And like he said, there isn't much better than having someone ask where you bought your cooker and telling them that you built it. The only thing is serving them the great Que off of it.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25 10 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I say buy you a welder and build you one. Not a better feeling when its done and you know that you are the one who built it!

Also, if you can weld at all, you can always do some odd jobs now and then to fund your smoker build. And besides, who of us could not use a nice welder sitting in their garage?

Good luck with your project.
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