FIRST 250 OFFSET

Horizontal smokers with a side firebox and tuning plates.
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FIRST 250 OFFSET

Post by jadstar » July 1st, 2017, 10:21 pm

Decided to try a offset build . I have built a few grills from well pressure tanks and a smoker from a strongbox and wood stove. Dont have the talent or the awesome toys "tools" some of the members have but , i have had no deadline and enjoyed learning some great tips and ideas from this forum. I can honestly say " I'M HOOKED". I have had this 250 tank for better part of 2 years before I started. Just took way longer to come up with materials than i had hoped. 2 sons in college budget just has not allowed for " Dad's projects". Well once i finally had enough material to make a start i decided to use 1/3 of tank as fire box .ImageImageImage

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Re: FIRST 250 OFFSET

Post by jadstar » July 1st, 2017, 10:49 pm

The trailer is a skeleton from an old pontoon trailer. Cutting the tank and trailer with angle grinder and cutting blades for circular saw really makes you dream about a PLASMA . Cook box door hinges are front wheel casters off commercial walk behind lawn mower. Probably overkill but they were free just had to be cut apart and reconfigured to work as a hinge. ImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Post by Big T » July 1st, 2017, 11:01 pm

It looks like you're off to a good start!! :beer: I built my trailer rig from scrap so I know what you mean about a tight budget but it's definitely possible if you just keep at it.


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Post by jadstar » July 1st, 2017, 11:11 pm

Fire box door is about completeImageImageImage

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Post by ajfoxy » July 2nd, 2017, 3:48 am

Awesome. :kewl:

Looking the goods. Well done!


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Post by Pete Mazz » July 2nd, 2017, 5:11 am

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Re: FIRST 250 OFFSET

Post by jadstar » July 2nd, 2017, 6:14 am

Thanks for the encouragement! Here is a few more pics of the progress. Cook box door pretty heavy ! Threw together a counter balance just need to cap ends. Filled it with scrap steel welded all together.Door much more manageable now. Got a 42" handicap bar off a remodel makes a great cook box handle. Put springs from riding lawn mower seat on back of counterbalance. No more banging steel when door is opened.ImageImageImageImageImage

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Post by ajfoxy » July 2nd, 2017, 6:37 am

I like the springs on the counter balance. Neat idea.


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Post by Squiggle » July 2nd, 2017, 6:50 am

Looks awesome dude, nice work! :kewl:


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Post by KarateDoc » July 2nd, 2017, 7:29 am

Looking good


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Post by Rodcrafter » July 2nd, 2017, 8:39 am

Looks great!


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Post by Big T » July 2nd, 2017, 10:01 am

:LG:


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Post by temurf » July 3rd, 2017, 11:57 am

:yth:


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Re: FIRST 250 OFFSET

Post by jadstar » July 3rd, 2017, 12:15 pm

Thanks to all for kind words and encouragement. This forum is awesome . Special thanks to those who have taken the time to design the pit calculators. Having these calculators and the knowledgeable poeple here to learn almost seems like cheating Happy 4th to everyone

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Post by jadstar » July 10th, 2017, 8:24 pm

Hope all had a great 4th . Had my sons home from school for holiday . My oldest and I fished a little on our pond .He had to go back to start camp for football. He plays for Goergia Tech Image

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Post by jadstar » July 10th, 2017, 8:37 pm

Finally had a chance to knock out smoker. Have really enjoyed this project looking forward to a gravity flow next.Image Anyway on to the mandatory pics Had to get expanded metal for racks and fire basket . Then its time for paint , bling and some seasoning and the reason we all do it "Q" viewImageImageImageImageImage

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Post by jadstar » July 10th, 2017, 8:49 pm

Paint and bling! Decided to add wood box and folding table to front of smoker. This one will just be used on our property so no lights as it wont see the road.Cutting board will be attached to frame it is piece of corian from a remodel ...pretty indestructible stuff & easy to keep cleanImage ImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Post by jadstar » July 10th, 2017, 9:00 pm

Seasoned it and started to learn what it likes . Had some red oak and grabbed 400 pretty fast . also July in Goergia! Started by closing lower intake about 1/3 and was pleased how quick reaction was . Temp went to around 300 and leaved out . I then closed stack damper about same 1/3 and temp dropped to 240 and hovered around that

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Post by jadstar » July 10th, 2017, 9:12 pm

The. Addition of splits made a 10-20 degree swing but I'm guessing that is about what would be expected. By closing the top firbox door vent it became very predictable. In 240-265 range. The difference from firbox to stack ends are also kind of expected in the 15 -25 degree range. Definitely planning on some type of baffle in future . I am ready to see this dog hunt! Time for the "Q"

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Post by jadstar » July 10th, 2017, 9:21 pm

Time for mandatory "Q" view was pleased with first cooks learning alot about what this thing likes and temp control end to end.ImageImageImageImageImage

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Post by jadstar » July 10th, 2017, 9:30 pm

Hope to post more "Q" pics soon.! Folks seem to make the "Q" dissapear faster than i can get pics.

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Re: FIRST 250 OFFSET

Post by Big T » July 10th, 2017, 9:31 pm

Looks good and cooks good!! Can't ask for more than that!!
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Re: FIRST 250 OFFSET

Post by ajfoxy » July 10th, 2017, 11:57 pm

:yth:
Good looking tucker too.


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Post by Pete Mazz » July 11th, 2017, 4:46 am

Nice!!!


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Re: FIRST 250 OFFSET

Post by Rodcrafter » July 11th, 2017, 6:43 am

Good job all the way around. I try to just use my FB vents if I can so I get the freshest smoke and complete burn. Jm2cw


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