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« on: October 30, 2010, 10:22:41 pm »

Well, I got a little more work done today on my smoker project. I'm really trying to get it done and seasoned before Thanksgiving. There is still a lot of work left to do. I still need to build the firebox door, smoke outlet, upper cooking rack, and mount it to the trailer. All comments and suggestions are welcome. Thanks for looking!!

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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2010, 10:29:58 pm »

Some earlier pics. I started with a 320 gallon propane tank and cut the length down. The smoke chamber is nearly 6 feet long and 30 inch diameter. I'll keep adding pics as I make more progress.

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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2010, 10:48:48 pm »

pretty cool............should be a fun one to watch.
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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2010, 08:46:04 am »

Robert- Is that a forklift elevating the tank...it is not often I find two things to envy in the same photo.  Looks like a start on neat build...show us more my envy can't wait.  When cutting the bell off did you find it had been inserted some inches into the cylinder before the original welding? And did you find this out before or after the cutting?   Slow Fu
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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2010, 09:14:29 am »

Looking good! I will be doing the same except guessing my build will take quite a while. Cry
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2010, 01:45:47 pm »

Looking good so far. Can't wait to see the finished product
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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2010, 07:59:15 pm »

Robert- Is that a forklift elevating the tank...it is not often I find two things to envy in the same photo.  Looks like a start on neat build...show us more my envy can't wait.  When cutting the bell off did you find it had been inserted some inches into the cylinder before the original welding? And did you find this out before or after the cutting?   Slow Fu

When I cut the bell off I noticed there was a 1 inch wide metal band welded in behind it for extra strength....and unfortunately, I found this after I started cutting. Next time I will cut it differently.
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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2010, 08:39:13 pm »

 Grin I got a lttle morework done today. I finished the cooking racks, the firebox door(except for the air inlet), put a handle on smoke chamber door and started building the legs to mount smoker to a trailer...Here are a few more pics. Enjoy!!!

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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2010, 10:18:29 pm »

looks like it is coming along just fine.
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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2010, 12:45:38 am »

BRIAN, looks good ! Are you going to split the door and or use counter weights? I built mine a few years ago and wish that i had split the door!! Or at least my back does! Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2010, 07:05:38 am »

Very nice smoker there Brian can't wait to see it in action.
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« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2010, 08:49:04 pm »

BRIAN, looks good ! Are you going to split the door and or use counter weights? I built mine a few years ago and wish that i had split the door!! Or at least my back does! Smiley
I'm probably gonna use counterweights. I'm hoping to get the rest of it built and ready for thanksgiving and then work on the weights after. I totally agree with your back because that door is heavy...LOL!!! Thanks
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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2010, 08:52:12 pm »

Very nice smoker there Brian can't wait to see it in action.
Thank you!!! I can't wait to use it and all the guys at work want me to hurry up so they can borrow it(I knew that was gonna happen).
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« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2010, 08:32:01 am »

I think I would have split the door just to help with keeping heat in the pit.
I built one of my pits with only one door and now I'm going back and reworking it to have two doors.
My new pit has two doors in it and I'm liking the way it keeps heat in.

just my 2 cents
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« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2010, 03:28:50 pm »

I think I would have split the door just to help with keeping heat in the pit.
I built one of my pits with only one door and now I'm going back and reworking it to have two doors.
My new pit has two doors in it and I'm liking the way it keeps heat in.

just my 2 cents
I struggled with that decision when I was cutting the door out. I knew that if I cut a single door it would be easy to change later so that it has 2 overlapping doors and I'm still considering it. I just want to try it first and see how well it does. This is my first smoker build and I'm learning as I go. Thank you for the input.
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