Center of gravity/balance

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Center of gravity/balance

Post by Enrgizerbunny » June 28th, 2019, 8:04 pm

Is there a way I can calculate the balance center on a smoker so that I can install the wheels close to that point, making it much easier to lift and roll?



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Re: Center of gravity/balance

Post by towtruck » June 28th, 2019, 8:38 pm

Trial and error will be your best best for that one.



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Re: Center of gravity/balance

Post by Dirtytires » June 28th, 2019, 10:28 pm

I would run a 2x4 under the smoker frame and adjust back and forth till you get the balance where you want it.

Keep in mind, it will balance completely different loaded with #200 of port butts...



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Re: Center of gravity/balance

Post by Enrgizerbunny » June 29th, 2019, 5:22 pm

CC of 24x24x36 with a fire box of 18x24x16. 3/16 for the CC, 1/4 fire box. 2x2 angle for frame.



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Re: Center of gravity/balance

Post by towtruck » June 29th, 2019, 5:40 pm

6" casters on the corners of the frame would make that roll very easy. Put two swivel wheels on the light end and two standard wheels on the heavy end. Make a handle on the light end and that thing will maneuver very well. Make the base a little wider than the smoker so it does not tip over easily.
8" wheels would go off road well. A couple of the wheels with locks to keep them from rolling would be good too.

I personally stay away from any wheel that has air in it for maintenance purposes. I prefer a castor with a metal wheel and a thin rubber tread. Something 1.5" wide would be good.



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Re: Center of gravity/balance

Post by Dirtytires » June 29th, 2019, 11:23 pm

Enrgizerbunny wrote:
June 29th, 2019, 5:22 pm
CC of 24x24x36 with a fire box of 18x24x16. 3/16 for the CC, 1/4 fire box. 2x2 angle for frame.
Absolutely no way anyone can just ‘calculate’ your answer with just dimensional measurements. Just too many variables.



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