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Started a 180 gallon RF today
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Wreckless
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14 12 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

smootz wrote:




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".


DSCF0683 by jsmootz, on Flickr


I'd freakin fight for that press. Set up many a brake press in my time. An Amada is on my list for my lotto winnings, nice toys you got there smootz.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15 12 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wreckless wrote:

I'd freakin fight for that press.


HA! HA! I fight quite regularly over machinery.

Usually just after I tell my wife we can't afford something for the house and then I drag in another piece of shop equipment. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21 12 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the grate. 1/2 x 1/2 steel bar were drops from a job.


DSCF0727 by jsmootz, on Flickr

Ash clean-out for firebox.


DSCF0731 by jsmootz, on Flickr

Grate may be a little tall at 4"" but I can always shorten the legs. I wanted to make it easier to rake ashes out the hole.


DSCF0736 by jsmootz, on Flickr


DSCF0739 by jsmootz, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21 12 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice grate you got going Cool She is coming along pretty good.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21 12 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice grate you won't have to worry bout the wearing out anytime soon.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22 12 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maniac - Huntin Smoke,

Thanks for the encouragement. The bar grating that I was using let too much ash drop and made it difficult to build a bed of coals. Hopefully this fabricated grate will work better. I set the openings at 1/2". I considered round bar but I have lots of this square stuff laying around.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30 12 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty much finished up with the cooker. It still needs an undercarriage and paint.

Notching fire box door prior to bending


DSCF0740 by jsmootz, on Flickr

Gasket installed


DSCF0741 by jsmootz, on Flickr

Hinge parts jigged together.


DSCF0742 by jsmootz, on Flickr

Simpler hinge than I usually make but I like the way it works


DSCF0760 by jsmootz, on Flickr

Cutting opening for stack


DSCF0745 by jsmootz, on Flickr


DSCF0746 by jsmootz, on Flickr

Lid for stack. Easy to reach on this little cooker so no need for fancy stuff.


DSCF0751 by jsmootz, on Flickr


DSCF0750 by jsmootz, on Flickr

Stack and door on


DSCF0753 by jsmootz, on Flickr

Now to start on a trailer and paint.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30 12 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good Scottie. I like the hinges. Pappy and I are thinking of mounting out fire box door on double sheer but it is going to be made of 1/2" plate. Can't wait to see it finished.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31 12 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't nice to have real tools to do a job!Makes a pain in the @ss job kinda fun.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31 12 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work scottie, everything looks great.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31 12 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

daddywoofdawg wrote:
Isn't nice to have real tools to do a job!Makes a pain in the @ss job kinda fun.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31 12 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really nice work Scottie! Gotta love the clean look of the spinners and the stack and the hinges and... Well you get the point. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31 12 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SCOTTIE , wouldn't cutting the exhaust hole been quicker to just grab the O/A and gitter done? Wink Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31 12 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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SCOTTIE , wouldn't cutting the exhaust hole been quicker to just grab the O/A and gitter done? Wink Very Happy


It's a character flaw. There are several contributing factors.

I spent 10 years in a shop that at that time hand crafted some of the finest fire trucks in the world. We had every metal working tool imaginable and torch cuts were usually last resort or to remove mistakes. A person rolling the solitary "torch of shame" through the shop was chided unmercifully.

Secondly my supreme mentor (who is now 81) has imbedded in me that the mark of a superb craftsman is what his work looks like in the areas that can't be readily seen. Thus I will try to use a saw or shear whenever possible.

Thirdly, you may be quite surprised how quickly I can zip that hole out with a wafer or recipro-saw.

Fourthly, speed is not much of a factor. These cookers are a hobby. After the real work is done they are a substitute for mindless TV time. Overkill ? Probably - but it comforts my OCD.

With that said do not underestimate my ability with a "fire-axe".

Matthew Quigley: [Quigley shoots Dobkin, O'Flynn and Marston before they can even aim their guns, then walks up to a dying Marston] I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn't know how to use it.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31 12 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rarely are my torch cuts seen but they all rival an automatic, I take great pride in my ability with an O/A. I guess it just boils down to how you were taught to approach a certain task. Wink Carry on. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31 12 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Rarely are my torch cuts seen but they all rival an automatic, I take great pride in my ability with an O/A. I guess it just boils down to how you were taught to approach a certain task. Wink Carry on. Very Happy



Another spot on answer by the k.a.m. man Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31 12 11:13 am    Post subject: nice tools Reply with quote

I love the way your smoker is looking. very clean. mine is going to be more of a UDS trailer build.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31 12 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
Rarely are my torch cuts seen but they all rival an automatic, I take great pride in my ability with an O/A. I guess it just boils down to how you were taught to approach a certain task. Wink Carry on. Very Happy


No disrespect intended, I marvel at your craftsmanship. It's just a personal preference thing. I have a buddy who skins squirrels from the middle. I prefer to stand on their tail and pull their rear legs. Once skinned either tastes pretty good.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31 12 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

smootz wrote:
k.a.m. wrote:
SCOTTIE , wouldn't cutting the exhaust hole been quicker to just grab the O/A and gitter done? Wink Very Happy


It's a character flaw. my supreme mentor (who is now 81) has imbedded in me that the mark of a superb craftsman is what his work looks like in the areas that can't be readily seen. Thus I will try to use a saw or shear whenever possible.

speed is not much of a factor. These cookers are a hobby. After the real work is done they are a substitute for mindless TV time. Overkill ? Probably - but it comforts my OCD.

Matthew Quigley: [Quigley shoots Dobkin, O'Flynn and Marston before they can even aim their guns, then walks up to a dying Marston] I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn't know how to use it.

Smootz, good enough answer. Again...love the toys. But...hope it ain't too big a hit out there in the world, wait till you gotta do it again Shocked For your next trick, consider building one out of a single billet of steel Surprised Laughing I'll be looking forward to that build Wink Very Happy Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06 12 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smootz,
It's been five days since your last update... you must be finished by now?
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