1st Build Attempt

Horizontal smokers with a side firebox and tuning plates.
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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Grems4Ever » February 3rd, 2018, 7:06 pm

I was only planning on tacking the hinges in place until I get the final configuration of the door worked out. Hinges and I don't tend to get along to begin with so I'm expecting to have to make some adjustments along the way.

Thanks for the information on seals. I've done some searching and have seen a few different ways to accomplish the feat. Now I just need to figure out which way I want to go.



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Grems4Ever » February 4th, 2018, 7:57 pm

No progress this weekend due to bad weather and prior obligations...



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Dirtytires » February 4th, 2018, 11:14 pm

=)) =))

Bad weather? You were watching football.



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Grems4Ever » February 5th, 2018, 7:53 pm

Definitely NOT watching the game. :ymsick:



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Grems4Ever » February 9th, 2018, 9:24 pm

Made a little progress...

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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Cole » February 9th, 2018, 10:10 pm

I like it, plus its got a name, The Craftsman's Smoker!



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Dirtytires » February 9th, 2018, 10:35 pm

I think I see where those wheels came from!



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Grems4Ever » February 10th, 2018, 12:32 am

Good eye there!



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Grems4Ever » February 10th, 2018, 2:43 pm

Weather turned on me last night so I finished the first draft of the cc handle...

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Heading back downstairs in a bit to start stripping down the tank I plan on using for a cooking chamber...



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Smurf » February 10th, 2018, 5:29 pm

:LG:



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by ajfoxy » February 10th, 2018, 9:59 pm

Looking good. Mind you the shovel will be a tad shorter now you've used up the handle... :D


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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Elmacho » February 11th, 2018, 3:31 am

Welcome to the group! The build looks fantastic. Were you planning on putting 1.5” flatbar on the top and bottom of the door?


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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Grems4Ever » February 11th, 2018, 9:02 am

Thanks for the feedback...

LOL No shovels were sacrificed for the making of the smoker. The handle is actually a sledge hammer handle that my late father-in-law insisted I needed a dozen of may moons ago. Good solid wood that feels right opening and closing the door.

A bottom strip will be put on the bottom of the door and another strip along the backside of the top. I just ran out of daylight Friday before I got them on. This is the biggest project I've done with the welder since I got it a few years ago so I'm beginning to really get the feel of it now and the weld quality is improving tremendously.



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Dirtytires » February 11th, 2018, 11:15 am

That’s why smokers are such great projects.



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Cole » February 11th, 2018, 11:21 am

I like it, I have a few extra wood bats around.



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by dportz87 » February 11th, 2018, 1:44 pm

:welder: looks good.


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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Grems4Ever » February 11th, 2018, 2:26 pm

Since I'm having some trouble wrapping my brain around the best way to mount the firebox, I did a mock-up of a couple of options. I'm still not sure which way I want to go, but at least I've got a visual.

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I left the stuff on the tank for the moment to make it easier to move around...



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by dportz87 » February 11th, 2018, 2:49 pm

my opinion I like the horizontal look


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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Grems4Ever » February 11th, 2018, 3:04 pm

I'm leaning that way myself. The main advantages are I can see how the two go together better and I wouldn't have to stand on my head to load the firebox. A friend of mine speculated that it may produce more smoke that way as well.



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Rodcrafter » February 11th, 2018, 7:02 pm

The last comment you made urged me to respond. I believe you will find that you and others who eat your Q will desire a thin blue smoke when cooking. More smoke seems good but doesn’t taste the best.

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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Dirtytires » February 11th, 2018, 7:17 pm

Take into account the size of your wood. If you mount it vertical, your wood will need to be cut really short.



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Grems4Ever » February 11th, 2018, 8:16 pm

Rodcrafter wrote:The last comment you made urged me to respond. I believe you will find that you and others who eat your Q will desire a thin blue smoke when cooking. More smoke seems good but doesn’t taste the best.

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Thanks for the heads up. The more I can pick up in advance, the less costly the mistakes will be.



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Grems4Ever » February 11th, 2018, 8:19 pm

Dirtytires wrote:Take into account the size of your wood. If you mount it vertical, your wood will need to be cut really short.
That actually occurred to me as I was looking at it. I'm planning on laying in some wood and going back to running the wood furnace when we're home and the temperature is frigid for next winter. Not having to cut the wood shorter for the smoker would be nice.



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Dirtytires » February 11th, 2018, 9:17 pm

You will most likely need to split it a few extra times to make smaller pieces but not having to pull out the chain saw to shorten them would be a real plus.



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Re: 1st Build Attempt

Post by Grems4Ever » February 18th, 2018, 5:30 pm

Just a little more progress.

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I'm going to have to fix that handle...

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Wood was in there to help hold the angle iron in place while I welded it in.



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