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Starting my built in smoker...Up & smokin!!
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Rangerrick63
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21 11 11:00 pm    Post subject: Starting my built in smoker...Up & smokin!! Reply with quote

I'm starting the smoker addition project, to my outdoor kitchen.
I had the empty cut-out that was supposed to be for my crawfish, & shrimp boils, but I found it to be just a bit too tight to work.
So, I've decided to use it to build a vertical smoker...I'm building this from a strong influence of builds I've followed here on the "Ring", & really like this style of smoker, & I'll be real happy if it turns out like I have planned. I know it certainly won't be the biggest smoker, but I think the size will work perfect.
When it's all done & in place, the flip up counter top will be semi-perm mounted. Meaning, if I ever need to get this out, I will be able to without total destruction of the counter.
The biggest obsticle I'm seeing is the exhaust flue. I plan on running it thru the back wall, with a turn up at the end. The total length from the top to the exit will be about 24", I hope that won't be a problem...
Here I go...
(let's see if I can get this picture upload correct.






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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21 11 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The test fit of the smoker bottom...This is 3/8" stainless steel, & has 3" stainless steel legs. I shouldn't have any worry of this thing rusting out any time soon.





Now test fitting, what will be the front frame of the smoker



Some minor trimming is required...








There's the fit I was looking for...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21 11 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote




Attaching the front frame to the bottom.

The smoker will be 30" wide, 22" deep, & total 33" tall. After 2" insulated wall on all sides, I should still have a decent size cooking chamber.



http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i339/rangerrick63/Smoker%20addition/DSC01951.jpg

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i339/rangerrick63/Smoker%20addition/DSC01950.jpg


All squared up...

I hope to do a quick fit of the frame today, & then do the finish welding it. Later in the week, I hope to start skinning it...1/8" stainless inside & outside...
Lots of welding...


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21 11 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like you are off to a good start. I'm tuned in for updates.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23 11 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did some final welding of the seams on the frame...

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i339/rangerrick63/Smoker%20addition/DSC01958.jpg

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i339/rangerrick63/Smoker%20addition/DSC01961.jpg

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i339/rangerrick63/Smoker%20addition/DSC01960.jpg

Followed by lots of grinding & sanding to get it smooth...Now that I look at it, I may have saved a bit of time, opting for 2x3 tubing on the front frame...But that just wouldn't have been as much fun...

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i339/rangerrick63/Smoker%20addition/DSC01962.jpg

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i339/rangerrick63/Smoker%20addition/DSC01963.jpg

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i339/rangerrick63/Smoker%20addition/DSC01965.jpg

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i339/rangerrick63/Smoker%20addition/DSC01964.jpg

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i339/rangerrick63/Smoker%20addition/DSC01966.jpg

I also tacked the stainless steel outsides on...I have to swith my wire to stainless so I can weld the lower portion of the sides...That is the part that could be exposed to moisture, & I have no way of keeping the paint on that part, so I'll weld it with stainless wire to help with that issue.

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i339/rangerrick63/Smoker%20addition/DSC01968.jpg

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i339/rangerrick63/Smoker%20addition/DSC01967.jpg

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i339/rangerrick63/Smoker%20addition/DSC01970.jpg

I'll get the sides welded up tomorrow & then work on welding in the firebox & ash pan slides...
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23 11 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PMPNLT650pxOTLS!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23 11 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SoEzzy wrote:
PMPNLT650pxOTLS!


I apologize, I thought I had all the pics resized to 640x480...I supopose that is why I should "preview" before I post.

Adjustments have been made, & I will pay closer attention to any & all pics that I attach to ensure they are no bigger than 640x480.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04 11 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've not had a chance to update my build...
I've made some nice progress, & here are a few pics of how it's going...




Lots of welding...

& grinding...





Outside is skinned with 1/8" stainless..



I scored on some mineral wool at a local insulation store...$10
I certainly couldn't pass that up...
Only catch, it's 4" thick, but it cuts just like a regular insulation, so making it 2" acutally doubles what I have...




Fits quite nicely...


I've got to do some more uploading tomorrow...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04 11 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rangerrick63, your making some nice progress on your cooker build. Very Happy That will be a nice addition to your cooking area I will be watching for more pics and updates. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06 11 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks KAM...
I'm happy with how it's turning out so far. I suppose about the only thing that really has not turned out the way I was hoping is the amount of cooking grates I'll be able to fit & still have good clearance. I was hoping for three, but that only will leave about 3" between grates. So, I'm thinking of just going with two. They will be 22 x 15, & I don't really do any cooking for the "masses", so to speak, so that really should be fine...but it is moving along.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06 11 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a few pics of the charcoal box & ash pan...





It will be two separate pans...one for the charcoal / wood, & the ash pan will be separate, so I can slide it out & clean it without removing the whole thing.








Still plodding along...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06 11 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great Start.......Super Heavy Build Going On.......However
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06 11 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a nice lookn setup you have there.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08 11 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erniesshop...Thanks, it definitely is "super heavy"... Smile
Before I started putting the double walled skin on, I trucked it around & did a test fit...It was quite heavy then, now it's just a tad bit "hulkier"...

VictoryRay...I appreciate the compliment...I'm really looking for to my first smoke.

I'm thinking the first smoke will be with it not installed. That way, if I have to tweak anything, I won't have to pull it back out.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08 11 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few more updated pics...
I've got the inside door flanges welded on solid, along with the outside grate stand-off...

Wow, that was alot of welding...Now I just have to do a bit of cleaning up with a buckeye grinder...


IMG]http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i339/rangerrick63/Smoker%20addition/DSC02011.jpg[/IMG]



We had a stormy day all day Sat, so I got alot done to the smoker. I still have to upload pics from that, but it is really getting much closer to being a finished project.

Sunday was Mardis Gras parades, so nothing got done...go figure... Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08 11 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rangerrick63,
Your outdoor kitchen is cool! Cool
This is the first time I've seen your build and I can't wait to see it in action bro! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09 11 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few pics of what I was able to get done over the weekend...

The inside latch for the cooking chamber & firebox will be a "friction latch".




I installed the bottom of the cooking chamber & it is also the bottom of the water pan.
I installed it with a slight tilt up in the rear, with the hopes it will aid the smoke going in the correct direction.








I also installed the rear false wall for the smoke to travel.







I was able to get the inner back wall installed, & now it's just waiting for insulation & the outer panel & it will be completely closed in.





Still moving right along...

I have started framing up the doors & will be welding them up tonight. Hope to have some pics to upload in the next day or so...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09 11 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danm......You are Really Moving Along on your Build !!!!!
Going to have your First Cook Before You Know It !
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09 11 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

chuckied...Thanks, it's sorta my "outdoor mancave"...lol. I'll have to take a few pics of the whole thing, including the porch...

erniesshop...It gives me something to look forward to after work...

I finished the door frames, & now they are ready for skin. I received all my hardware from Mc Master Carr today, so hopefully the doors will go together as quick...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09 11 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome looking build sofar RangerRick! Cant wat to see what she looks like once you get the doors on and slide her into her final resting place!

Nice quality work there man!

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