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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby ajfoxy » February 1st, 2018, 11:32 pm

Yep, pretty nice that. Almost looks industrial.


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Weyrider » February 8th, 2018, 10:57 am

Well this week I have been doing a lot of thinking on how I should proceed on things like door handles and such. I got the Cooking chamber doors done and I like the look. Its different and its home made, but best of all it works. I also got the exhaust stacks done and although it didn't come out as I wanted in the first place, they are functional which was my goal in the first place. Today I should finish the door on my firebox which has the same design of setup as the CC doors, but not exactly the same pieces.
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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Dirtytires » February 8th, 2018, 11:24 am

It's nice to see all that work come to a point that it looks like what you intended to build in the first place....or more simply.....looks good!



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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Weyrider » February 9th, 2018, 11:13 am

Ok all the welding on the outside of the Cooking chamber is done. The top half of the frame is attached to the Cooking chamber as well. Going to use that huge cherry picker in the background to lift the top half and get it set to weld the legs from the top part to the bottom. Then weld the shadow plate inside and then the baffle plate, then the racks. If everything goes to plan, I will test fire this monster up and check out the burn before I take it apart to sand and paint it. The frame is going to be Chevy engine orange and the Firebox-Cooking Chamber will be a matte black. I have the rattle cans at the ready.lol
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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Cole » February 9th, 2018, 1:19 pm

Nice! You need to add some John Deere Green!



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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Big T » February 9th, 2018, 10:50 pm

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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Rodcrafter » February 11th, 2018, 7:24 pm

Oh yeah


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Dirtytires » February 11th, 2018, 9:40 pm

Is that a typo on the firebox size? It looks like you typed 67%. I think you are going to get a big hot spot in the center back where your opening is. What are you doing to ensure the heat flows forward to the front of the chamber and fully distributes the heat?

I might suggest you don’t weld your baffle plate down till you test it some. Besides adjusting the end gaps I feel you may need to install a few shadow plates and doing so after the plate is in would be all but impossible with your setup.

I am interested to see how your build progresses as it is truely unique.



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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Weyrider » February 12th, 2018, 1:50 pm

Dirtytires;

You did read correctly, my firebox is 67% of what the calculator said a reverse flow smoker should have. My throat size is 36 sq. in. ( 12 x 3 ) where as the recommended throat size was 27.648 or (9 x 3). The throat opening is direct center of the cooking chamber. I also made a shadow plate that is 18 x 4 x 1/4 " which is 72 sq. in. and twice the area of my throat size, and will be mounted up from the throat by 1.5". This should eliminate any hot spots that may arise. I am going to fire this critter up and see just how well the flow is after the construction is done. My baffle plate is mounted 2' above the shadow plate as well. I will use high heat silicone for the baffle plate until I get a good flow and the temps rise and fall with a good rate up and down. Now granted I built this as an experiment into heat and smoke flow. I premise is this, by building the firebox underneath, and heat rising, I should be able to burn a longer fire with less fuel as the heat loss from running from one end to the other and back again with the smoke and heat path. My design sees that path cut in half, so hopefully the heat loss is greatly reduced. I also built 2 intakes and 2 exhausts, on the belief it would give me greater control of my burn. But I also realize I may be blowing smoke up my derriere. Once the temps can be controlled to my satisfaction, the experiment will continue until they are or its marked as a failure. But I have faith that this should work as I want it to. .


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Rodcrafter » February 12th, 2018, 2:52 pm

I agree the fire can be smaller the fuel less and burn longer at the same temp. I'm not sure about the connection to the CC/FB but the more the FB touches the CC the more radiant heat you will get to support your theory.

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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Dirtytires » February 12th, 2018, 2:59 pm

You may just be on to something....please continue to share so we can learn as well. It will be interesting to see how the actual air flow pattern works out.



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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Weyrider » February 12th, 2018, 4:17 pm

Rodcrafter ;

You brought up a point that I hadn't thought of, radiant heat. Although my throat cutout is 12 x 3 my contact area between my firebox and cooking chamber is 24 x 3. Now this gets more interesting by the day.


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Weyrider » February 13th, 2018, 7:57 pm

ITS ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have a roller, The Critter is on wheels. Also welded the shadow plate to the cooking chamber. Tomorrow we place baffle plate and goop it down with heat resistant silicone. I got to ask the owners of the farm if its ok to light the smoker in the shed. If not I will wait till its warm enough and do it outside.
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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby temurf » February 13th, 2018, 8:29 pm

That is looking good!!

Can't wait to see how she works.


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Dirtytires » February 13th, 2018, 10:06 pm

I hadn’t realized your door hinges are on the bottom. Thought you just had it upside down to weld more easily. What was your inspiration for that idea?



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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Cole » February 14th, 2018, 6:16 am

Be careful when opening the doors. How much cooking area will you have? Looks big.



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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Rodcrafter » February 14th, 2018, 8:10 am

I thought the same thing as DT. Not that it won't work, I would put an drip edge above the doors so rain didn't run in the crack at the top of the doors. I think most people like the doors going up so they move out of the way. This will reduce what goes on the top rack but it will allow more air moving across the rack.

Custom is the only way to get this different function.


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Weyrider » February 14th, 2018, 3:50 pm

When I designed this smoker, I wanted two exhausts, kinda like duals on a car. I had two old exhausts off of my Harley and decided what the heck, lets use them. Now I had to place them just right so they would 1) function, and 2) look good. When I cut my doors I thought of cutting just one big door and using a counter weight. Then I saw that the door would surely hit the exhaust stacks constantly and my luck break something so I made the decision to make two doors and saw that they would still hit the exhaust stacks, so I decided rather than to make two really small doors like 18" wide, I would make them to swing down. I also have never seen a smoker that has the doors swing down like mine is so I thought what the heck lets try it. But I also have never seen an oven that the door swung upwards on either. Now if you look back to a picture of the mufflers, you will see a slot with an opening for a bolt head in each one. I am going to build a shelf that will spread the length of the chamber to hold various tools, thermometers , cooking foil, etc. I am going to make it wide enough that It will cover the door openings. I don't have to worry about the wind slamming the door on my head as knowing my luck that would happen. I know its different and goes against all normal practices, but so does this whole smoker. Tomorrow time to put the gasket material in the doors. And since the owners of the shop don't want me firing up the smoker in the shop, I am going to wait till there's a nice day with no wind and light it up outside. Don't know when that will be, as I live in Minnesota. :explode2:

Cole: My estimated cooking area is 1176 sq. in. I will be using 4 racks that will measure 21 x 14.


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Cole » February 14th, 2018, 9:15 pm

I love smoking in the winter! Keep that fire rolling, I also will get a fire going in the pit. Now I'm getting hungry!



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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Dirtytires » February 14th, 2018, 9:59 pm

Interesting thoughts....we can’t wait till spring so see if it works so I need to remind you that the colder it is outside, the easier it is to control a smoker. My point is you need to get your parka and boots on tomorrow and roll it outside!



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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby temurf » February 14th, 2018, 10:35 pm

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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Weyrider » February 16th, 2018, 11:57 am

Well we loaded it up and we hauled it home. Right now its still in the back of the pickup as I am waiting on a friend to bring his fork lift so we can unload it. I told him not to make a special trip over but if he has it out and if he wouldn't mind I would appreciate it. But I did learn a few things along this journey.
1) when I draw out plans, I need to draw the frame out on it as well. I had to re-cut my frame and weld it over as my lack of planning bit me in the behind.
2) I had a hard time welding this beast, I would get a good bead running and then it turned to chicken scratches. I was using a Lincoln welder and even the workers at the shop preferred the Miller welder over this machine. My Jackson welding helmet is also worrisome to me, but I will call the manufacturer and run through the episodes with them. When I put my single shade Forney helmet on I saw I could see the weld puddle much better.
3) The one thing good about this experiment is everything but the firebox metal, the wheels, and the door trim, was free. Every piece that you see on the smoker was scrounged from farmers metal piles. I figure I have spent no more than $300.00 on this smoker and that will include the thermometers and the gasket material I am getting.
4) I appreciate all the comments that everyone has posted. It made me stop and look at what you all were saying and made me think more about what you were saying.
5) if I ever do another smoker, Everything will be pre-cut, all new metal and smaller. My friend was a bit upset he didn't get to weld on it, so next time he gets to do a bunch of it.

Once thank you to those that left comments on this post and Yes I understand that it ain't over till I post a "Q" shot :noqview: :noqview: :noqview:


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Big T » February 16th, 2018, 8:20 pm

:beer: Awesome :beer:


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Dirtytires » February 16th, 2018, 9:56 pm

Oh....it ain’t over by a long shot!

New material is a huge time saver. I absolutely hate reusing material if it means I have to clean rust and crud off it first. Till you factor in time and flap wheels, I’m not convinced free used material is cheaper than new purchased steel. Pre-cut is nice but it prevents you from customizing as the build progresses.

Great project...still interested to see how it burns.



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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Postby Cole » February 17th, 2018, 6:28 am

On my Mini currently in process I have enjoyed cutting it, some a little challenging for a garage operation but fun!




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