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Competition trailer #2. A couple of additions 5/6/17
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Pete Mazz
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22 16 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Came out really nice! Good luck with her!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22 16 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kevin, your whole rig turned out awesome looking and just in time for the season. Very Happy Can't wait to hear about the chicken cooking.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23 16 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kevin wrote
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Now we gonna start on the short fat jokes? Shocked Laughing


Nowhere did I say anything like that...I was just mentioning how Im glad you were using tubing instead of scrap, but since you brought it up... Laughing


Looks like she warmed up and seasoned well. Should be chucking out groceries in no time.

Tell Debbie "hay" Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23 16 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



kam, I sent you a PM with my address so you know where to deliver it. Top shelf, man.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24 16 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kevin she turned out great...and Debbie looks like she's having the time of her life with that match stick Wink Laughing Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25 16 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank You Pete. Very Happy

Thank You Mike. Very Happy Debbie got 40 lbs. of leg quarters for tomorrow. Very Happy

Yeah but you were thinking it Troy. Razz Laughing

Thank You Morgan. Very Happy I have a ways to go before completion. Very Happy

Thank You Maniac. Very Happy
Yeah she likes playing with my flame thrower. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10 16 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noticed the other day that my loaded side of the trailer was squatting pretty bad and that my axle had moved back in the fender. I never noticed this before and was concerned so after a lot of questioning and measuring to make sure my hangers were set properly I either had a bad spring or overloaded. I specked out this cooker to be well with in a 1750 lb. spring set up but I was scratching my head wondering so I opted for a 2400 lb spring replacement.
Here is a pic of the 1750 lb. in place. Notice the spring well past the mount.


Here is a pic of the 2400 lb. in place. Notice the spring still resting under the hanger.


Here is a pic of the 1750 lb. springs. The left side was nearly 5/8" longer when measuring with no load. I am pretty sure this spring was weak from the get go.


After my first two seasonings I was not happy with the heat coming off the firebox strictly as a safety issue to me or others. I talked to a good friend and he had a source for a thermal reactor blanket to kill the heat. This blanket is rated for 2700 degrees I am looking forward to testing it out. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10 16 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good detective work Kevin. I hate when I keep guessing myself Wink We have a guy that makes removable blankets for our big steam valves you have me thinking if I should give him a call Idea
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10 16 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet looking firebox cushion, Kevin. I hope that works out for you and helps to keep someone from getting injured. Plus, now you'll have a place to keep your buns warm on a chilly morning Wink Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10 16 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the new trailer is a dream kevin. very good work indeed. too bad it's the last eh.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11 16 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank You Maniac. Very Happy Yes I have come way too far to let something like that slip by. Let me know how the blanket works out I have a small one for the top of Bahama Mama I use in the winter.

Thank You Josh. Very Happy That blanket better not keep me warm or its not doing its job. Laughing Laughing Laughing

Thank You -olllllllo-. Very Happy Well I keep saying that but you never know. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11 16 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had time this afternoon to start the grill it will pretty much mirror the grill on Bahama Mama.
My son found me a piece of 20" pipe about 4' 6" long so I cut it down to 36".
A good clean tip and a way we go I am glad I still have a steady hand.




I measured out my height and built a skid for the grill to rest in. This will allow me to place it over the cross member where I need it.



I should have my end cap plate back from the blaster tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11 16 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NICE!!! KAM Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11 16 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

She's looking real nice k.a.m., glad you got the spring situation worked out. Looking forward to seeing the back side unfold. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12 16 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
I am glad I still have a steady hand.






You aint lyin about a steady hand lookin at that cut. By the way what tip do you use?
This whole project has been fun to watch, and it's looking great! Can't wait to see the trophies you and Deb bring home with it Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12 16 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank You castrovillecowboy. Very Happy

Thank You Flyingj. Very Happy I am looking forward to the end myself. Very Happy

Thank You dmike25. Very Happy I use a victor tip 0-1-101 for almost all my cuts.
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PostPosted: Sun May 01 16 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had some time to get the caps welded out on the grill marked out my 12,3,6,9 and marked out the door.
I tried something new on my cuts to see if it would slow the spring.


The door marked out. Instead of cutting 1" below 3:00 I made my cut at 3:00 to give me a bit more grate height from my coals.


I have seen this approach cutting a door a couple of times with mixed reviews so I decided to try it and add my own thoughts. I cut the verticals and then far enough back to put my straps on.


Then I welded on the straps. Once they cooled down I cut from the center on the horizontal lines to about 2" from my previous cuts stopping there to let the door cool before completing them. I did not see any movement in the door doing this and as of now the sides are still down. When I make the final four cuts we will see if it worked.



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PostPosted: Sun May 01 16 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been watching your cooker project come together and it is very impressive. Your fabrication skills are top notch and the entire cooker looks great so far. The grill looks perfect so far so keep up the good work.
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PostPosted: Sun May 01 16 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank You brutus1964. Very Happy I am trying to get her as close as the grill on Bahama Mama to cut down my learning curve. the only things I am changing are a couple of things I wish I had done on the first one.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04 16 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The cooker came out right nice Kevin! Curious as to what all is yet to go on Little Mama. Bring her on over my way for the Geronimo BBQ cookoff, she'll do nicely on the extended road trip.
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