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smootz
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19 12 6:54 am    Post subject: Started a 180 gallon RF today Reply with quote

Finally caught enough of a break in the shop to start another cooker.
It will be 180 gallon classic style RF.

Got a good start today. Flushed and cut.


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This is what was left over. Kind of torn about what to do with it. Another propane pig would be money in the bank but I am thinking of a Super Sized WSM clone. ????


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19 12 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good! Going to be one nice sized cooker.
I need to find me an old LP tank to start a winter build
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22 12 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Changing the order of the build somewhat this time. I've gotten tired of standing on my head and crawling into tight spots.

Some jigs may help future builds go faster/easier.
A couple of "spiders" are self-centering and hold the diameter.


DSCF0621 by jsmootz, on Flickr

Rails are going in before the RF plate and ends for easy weld access. This may bite me but we'll see.


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I also rotated the tank to get the fittings towards the rear. I will put plugs in them and leave them for all the world to see. Welding them up chances warping the door opening. Been there / done that. Crying or Very sad

BTW - This is my forth tank cut with no door warp. Shhhhhh - Don't tell Murphy! Either I am VERY lucky or my rescue saw is kinder/gentler than a torch. Not bragging, just thankful.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22 12 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gonna watch this close cause there is a real good chance when you weld on the end plates and cut the wagon wheels loose the tank is gonna go North, South, East, and west on you. Shhhhh..... Can you say Murphy at its best.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22 12 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I know it's a gamble but I'm hoping that the four rails and my one piece fitted RF plate will stabilize everything. The "spiders" are actually not welded. The tank was really very concentric and I just put them in for that last 1/16" of perfection. Most machinists are O.C.D.

Stay tuned - No guts, no glory. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22 12 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Count your hairs now Brother. A lot o heat is fixing to happen on those end caps. Good Luck. Very Happy
Oh wait there is always Tadpole gaskets. Razz Laughing Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22 12 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And Bolts! Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22 12 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

smootz wrote:
And Bolts! Wink

Hahahahah.. Yep. Wink Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25 12 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RF plate today.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27 12 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ends are on. Everything stayed straight. Yippee!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27 12 8:43 am    Post subject: thanks for the tips Reply with quote

my buddy and I our going to do our first build this fall/winter. i will be watching this as you go on. I like the good photos
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27 12 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking very awesome so far! I have a tank I am thinking of cutting in half & making 2 beastly smoky mountain clones from. Interested to see your work on this RF though for sure.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27 12 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Davefan360[/u] - Thanks. My goal on this one is simple and durable. It will cook 10 butts each week for the rest of it's life.

SmokeIan - Super Weber! That may be what happens with the drop from this tank. Dang man, you only live about 10 miles from me there in "Billy Ray" land.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28 12 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't argue with door fit. No adjustments necessary. Murphy must be busy elsewhere. Won't be needing tadpoles today. Very Happy

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Trays close but ran out of expanded metal


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28 12 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its lookin good Scottie cant wait to see how you finish it Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05 12 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hinges - gasket


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Gonna hold off on handle and counterweight until I move it back down to operating level.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05 12 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So do you have a break for that RF plate, and a waterjet to cut those ends so round?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05 12 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

daddywoofdawg wrote:
So do you have a break for that RF plate, and a waterjet to cut those ends so round?


I do have a brake for the RF plate but sometimes I farm out the longer ones to another shop because I need a wider bottom die to do it right. Forming it eliminates a lot of weld. Likewise I bend some of the firebox parts as you will see when I get farther along.

Sometimes I burn the circles by hand and sometimes I rig a tether to an antique radiograph.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07 12 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Made some firebox parts today. 24 x 24 x 26 is just barely over the ci called for on the calculator. Going to go simple this time with a square box, single door, and free standing grate. Luckily I got everything out of a 48" x 96" with enough left for the door.


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daddywoofdawg - Here's the brake I use. With only 65 tons and a 72" bed it is limited. I have dies to do about anything with 3/16" and down but a full bed of 1/4" is too much without getting a wider (and expensive) bottom die. It does fine with these shorter lengths of 1/4".


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12 12 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firebox shell is on.


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Firebox opening 129 sq. in.


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Trays done


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Fixed the "mousetrap"


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