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Texas Style BBQ Pit Build First Cook Pics Update 5/24/11
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roscoe1960
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15 11 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! nice job on the twins Rodney. Hmm... east Texas, with those two big cooker fired up and running I'll just follow my nose to the north, should be there in time for supper Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20 11 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mrcustomsteel Thanks, She is comming along nicely.


roscoe1960 LOL...Just get north of Nacogdoches and follow your nose on in my friend.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22 11 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After welding the hinges one door warped out on me. Thanks to K.A.M. he shared wiith me the best way to deal with this door "wip the piss out of it" Well got the angle iron, chain, binder and 10lb sledg hammer....It worked.





Now on to building and mounting the counter weight system.




Tabs on doors


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k.a.m.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22 11 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rodney, very nice work so far my Friend she is looking awesome. Very Happy I am glad the chain and binder worked for you. It is always good to be able to take out a little frustration on your doors. Very Happy I look forward to seeing some more pics and updates. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22 11 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have enjoyed watching this build. Keep up the good work.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25 11 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. Thanks for all the help on this build.

DoctorGrill Thanks I will have more updates posted soon.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25 11 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rodneymeatsnsweets...this is a fun one to watch. Gonna be some fine cookers. light cap...still lmao on that one
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26 11 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wreckless This has been a fun one to build.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27 11 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been moving right along with the build. Working outside I have been really blessed with this great weather.

I needed to be able to weld at home as well out in the field so I had a 240V plug added to my back patio. I could not set it up in the garage as my breaker box is mounted way on the other side of the house on the outside. Mad

Rodney put it to good use by building his trailer out back.


Trailer axel and springs mounted wrong but was fixed later.

Here is the welder we used in the field. Thanks to Jamie at the tool rental store.

Food racks fitted. They slide smooth Very Happy




Pit will be ready soon so it's on to the trailer as she will need a place to sit soon. I found a great deal on a trailer frame. The trailer will be 14' X 6.5'

Leveled the frame and tacked on the bulkhead, tongue and bulldog hitch. Thanks K.A.M. for all your help with this.



Dry fitting the hangers.



Dry fitting the springs.


Beefed up the springs to 2400lbs thanks K.A.M. for the suggestion.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27 11 8:57 am    Post subject: rodneymeatsnsweets........ Reply with quote

I noticed in one of your pics you have oxy and acetylene laying down. The oxy is "ok" but, up is better. Acetylene should stand and if put in a flat position it needs a few hours to settle. It will seperate and it is not a good thing, as Martha Stewart would not say.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28 11 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bangn it out Rodneymeatsnsweets, i think u will be ready for the big get together in North East Texas! have u worked on what food will cater the event, or is that another whole can of worms! Good Job Man!
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PostPosted: Mon May 02 11 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GreenSmoker Thanks for the heads up but that issue has been long corrected.

icecoldkicks Thanks for the kind words. Yes I willbe cooking the following for the reunion:
2 Cases of Beef Brisket
2 Cases of Spares
1 Case of Chicken Splits
1 Case of Chicken Leg Quarters
30lbs Saussge
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PostPosted: Wed May 04 11 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well with the pit almost done I decided to focus on getting the trailer finish. I was able to get quite a bit done over the last couple weeks. Enjoy!

Axels and wheels mounted.


My son looking on.

Me greasing and packing the bearings. Dang! What a dirty job.

Tight fit but it worked out.


I missed a couple days of work on this project and when I returned to the site the BBQ gremlins had flipped my trailer right side up and placed Rodney's pit on his trailer....HMMM Thanks Mr. Williams.



No excuses time for me to get busy.
Dry fit the bulldog jack.


Added extra bracing where the floor seams meet.

Rodney cutting away the excess from the trailer.

I welded up the safty chain tabs and bulldog jack.

Dry fit the diamond plate while she smoked in the background.

Welded up the diamond plate seams and stiched the sides.



At the end of the day this is what we ended up with. Sorry for the dark pics.



The next day I mounted the fenders on the trailer and the skis on the pit.




Time to get her loaded on the trailer.




Back a little too far.

So we moved her up a bit.

Meanwhile we worked or gusseting(is that a word?) Rodney's pit to his trailer.





Rodney beefed up the tongue with some 3X3X1/4 angle and added the brackets for the lights.

We are both ready for sandblasting and painting. Thanks for lookin.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04 11 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rodney, awesome work my Friend she is looking sharp. Very Happy I am glad to see her right side up and y'all didn't mess around a bit I might get you to come over here and finish mine. Very Happy You have plenty of room for a canopy do I see one in the future? Keep up the Great work I will be watching for more pics and updates. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri May 06 11 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rodneymeatsnsweets, your cookers are coming along nice man. Your trailer turned out well. Youll be happy you spent the money and went with Bulldog on the coupler and jack, both are great products. Little something small I do on my white spoke tires/wheels, I get a cheap chrome center cap and chrome lug nuts and it dresses the wheels up nice. Its cheap and a nice finishing touch, although most wont pay attention to that when they see that cooker sitting there!

Nice Work Man!
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PostPosted: Sun May 08 11 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. Thanks for all the kind words. Yes she is shaping up nicely. When I am clear of the month May I wouldn't mind comming down and giving you a hand, besides I need pickup my bulldog hitch locking system from ya Wink Wink Yes she will have plenty of room for a canopy so I will have to hollar at you about that in the future.

TrailerBuilder Thanks for the kind words. I am very please with the bulldog product line. Wow dressing up these cheap A$$ looking wheels is a great idea. The bolt pattern on these are chevy 5 X 4.5. do you have a source where I can find the chrome center caps?
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BLACK ANGUS
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PostPosted: Mon May 09 11 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awsome looking rig you are building rodneymeatsnsweets. Looking forward to more updates. Keep up the good work.
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rodneymeatsnsweets, this is what I'm talking about. Just a simple fairly cheap upgrade like this dresses a set of wheels up nice. You can find this style of cap at most auto parts stores or trailer supply company. I use Redneck Trailer Supply.
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PostPosted: Wed May 11 11 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BLACK ANGUS Thanks for all the kind word and encouragement. I have been pushing hard to get ready for Memorial Day Weekend.

TrailerBuilder Thanks for the heads up on this. That upgrade really help set off these plain Jane wheels.
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PostPosted: Wed May 11 11 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great looking set up. You are moving at light speed on this monster!!!
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