First Smoker Build, Hybrid Rotisserie and Shelf Smoker

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Re: First Smoker Build, Hybrid Rotisserie and Shelf Smoker

Post by Big T » February 3rd, 2018, 10:01 pm

I would do something like this in blue. I would cut out one side and put it back in and then do the other side.Image


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Re: First Smoker Build, Hybrid Rotisserie and Shelf Smoker

Post by Dirtytires » February 3rd, 2018, 11:03 pm

I would think that would cover it....I'm not an engineer tho.

With that much roach on that frame rail, I would really take a good look at all the frame. In theory, it all was exposed to the same conditions.



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Post by YTQBBQINC » February 3rd, 2018, 11:49 pm

I’ve checked over the rest of the frame. Everything is getting the wire wheel and then coated with commercial rust converter. I think the rusted out parts are from salt and stuff getting up between the fender and the frame. I found while cutting out the fender that it was just spot welded on the inside and there was a gap between the two on the bottom exterior.

Big T, that was my thinking too. Get one side all taken care of then move to the other.

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Re: First Smoker Build, Hybrid Rotisserie and Shelf Smoker

Post by Rodcrafter » February 4th, 2018, 10:37 am

Looks like the frame of the K car by Chrysler back in the day. I just have to ask, did you say 1” thick tubing?


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Post by YTQBBQINC » February 4th, 2018, 11:23 am

1” square, 1/8” walled tubing.


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Post by YTQBBQINC » March 14th, 2018, 11:24 am

Well I’m back messing with the smoker. Will probably have someone swap out all the rusted out frame rails on the trailer. Really want that done right. Until then I’ll be getting the smoker stripped and then prepping it for paint job number two. Still have a lot to go but the soil gel is working great to get the botched paint job off. Anyone have any tips of chemically prepping the rolled steel for paint? Anything made from the 1/8” sheet metal I got is what had the issues with the paint falling off. Like I mentioned before, I’m going back with cerakote and don’t want that getting messed up. Too expensive. Image


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Re: First Smoker Build, Hybrid Rotisserie and Shelf Smoker

Post by Dirtytires » March 15th, 2018, 10:30 am

It’s not chemical but having it media blasted will save you about a billion hours of labor as well as do a much better job.



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Re: First Smoker Build, Hybrid Rotisserie and Shelf Smoker

Post by ajfoxy » March 15th, 2018, 4:09 pm

Also, media blasting will put small pits in the steel that the paint can hang on to. And I'm always a fan of undercoating and then main coat.


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Post by YTQBBQINC » March 15th, 2018, 4:18 pm

I’d prefer having it blasted to help the paint adhere better but the few guys I’ve asked wanted an arm and leg to do it. Not easy to move around. As for getting the old coat off, the soy gel eats it up quick. I did the back half of the smoker in less that 20mins. It is somewhat of a mess but manageable. I do plan on using an undercoat though. Was thinking of engine primer as long as it doesn’t require heat to properly cure.


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Post by YTQBBQINC » March 22nd, 2018, 9:53 pm

Any one use self etching primer on their builds? Was thinking of going that route to hopefully fix my cohesion issues when it comes to the sheet metal parts of my smoker. Any preferred brands?


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Post by YTQBBQINC » April 7th, 2018, 10:58 am

Still have some of the front and the bottom to strip but it’s almost done. Haven’t had much time to work on it. Got the new emblems for it in. Trying out sublimated aluminum plates. Ink doesn’t activate till like 450 degrees so I know the lid emblems will be fine. Interested to see how the firebox one holds up. I think it’ll be good. It’s offset about an 1-1/2” away from the box. We’ll see. The emblems are just mocked up with tape right now but I think once it’s painted they’re going to look pretty good. ImageImageImage


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Re: First Smoker Build, Hybrid Rotisserie and Shelf Smoker

Post by Big T » April 7th, 2018, 11:59 am

:LG: :LG:


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Post by Rodcrafter » April 7th, 2018, 1:11 pm

Yes it is looking good!


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Re: First Smoker Build, Hybrid Rotisserie and Shelf Smoker

Post by ajfoxy » April 7th, 2018, 5:30 pm

:LG: Pretty flash emblems too...


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