48" elliptical x 30" reverse flow smoker

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48" elliptical x 30" reverse flow smoker

Post by zell66 » February 23rd, 2017, 11:56 am

Ok no yelling at me!!!!

I purchased my planes 2 years ago. :(:( time, family and work always seemed to get in the way. Now I want to build this and I am at a crossroads. The fire box to be cut and welded for me. (I do not have the means to cut the steel) cost $350+ Does anyone here have a idea on how to lessen that amount in any way?



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Re: 48" elliptical x 30" reverse flow smoker

Post by Rodcrafter » February 23rd, 2017, 3:57 pm

I have seen some folks cut the plate steel with an angle grinder an cutoff wheels. if you use some good wheels like matabo slicers you can cut it all yourself. but do you consider your time costing you or is it free? Then can you weld the pieces together?

How about that I didn't even call you a slacker or anything for taking 2 years to get around to building this awesome smoker. lol :rulz:


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Re: 48" elliptical x 30" reverse flow smoker

Post by zell66 » February 23rd, 2017, 5:46 pm

LOL life got in the way and 4 kids. Now I am going to make time for this. Usinf a angle grinder will work? how thick should steel be 1/4"?



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Re: 48" elliptical x 30" reverse flow smoker

Post by John T » February 23rd, 2017, 8:03 pm

1/4 " would work and be Cheeper than 3/8 by a large amount and would be a nice smoker with a quicker warm up than heavyweights



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Re: 48" elliptical x 30" reverse flow smoker

Post by p3ripperfw » February 23rd, 2017, 10:10 pm

Cutting with an angle grinder is a great way to do it. It's not the fastest but you can make really strait smooth cuts. Just takes a bit of time. The disk last a good while too if you are careful.



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Post by zell66 » February 24th, 2017, 8:27 am

Thank you all for the advice, I think this is the direction I will go. Hopefully starting soon and I will post pictures as I go.



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Post by zell66 » February 24th, 2017, 8:58 am

OK first question of this day LOL. What grade steel do I purchase for fire box, Looking at a 4'x8' sheet



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Re: 48" elliptical x 30" reverse flow smoker

Post by Big T » February 25th, 2017, 12:46 am

I use 1/4'' carbon steel plate.


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Post by Rodcrafter » February 25th, 2017, 10:52 am

Yes just mild steel


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Post by zell66 » February 25th, 2017, 3:42 pm

kool found a sheet for $140 (4x8) Ill be picking that up in a week or two. :):)



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Post by zell66 » March 6th, 2017, 12:14 pm

Sheet came in today and Will pick up this week. typically for a weekend builder how long should this project take?



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Re: 48" elliptical x 30" reverse flow smoker

Post by ajfoxy » March 6th, 2017, 6:27 pm

Try not put a time-frame on the build. It will always blow out. Murphy sits in a corner and howls with laughter when someone says they'll build a smoker in x weeks.
Just set goals for getting different parts of the project underway and hopefully completed. Never rush it because that's when potential screw ups creep in.


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Re: 48" elliptical x 30" reverse flow smoker

Post by Big T » March 6th, 2017, 6:57 pm

:yth: It also depends on how OCD you are. I would work on 1 aspect of my trailer rig all day long only to cut it off the next day because it didn't look/work like I felt it should. It also depends on what tools you have at your disposal. If you have a torch to cut with vs a cutting disc on a grinder it will speed up the process.


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Re: 48" elliptical x 30" reverse flow smoker

Post by zell66 » March 8th, 2017, 11:39 pm

I hear ya, Getting steel Saturday, and wont start cutting firebox or tank until it warms the hell up!!!



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Re: 48" elliptical x 30" reverse flow smoker

Post by ACC » March 10th, 2017, 10:15 pm

Using a cut off wheel on a grinder to cut out the individual pieces can be done but be aware that it will produce a lot of metal dust. Have a good face mask to prevent breathing in the dust. Don't rely on cheap dust masks. I used a 3M painting mask which cost about $30. It fits tight against your face and allows you to draw in plenty of air. Cutting is noisy. Have good ear plugs. Also, the steel dust will rust quickly just from the morning dew. Makes your drive way look like crap. I am hoping that a good power washing will clean it up but I don't know, If I was doing it all over again, I would consider doing my grinding/cutting in the back yard over the grass.

To me, cutting out all the pieces was the most time consuming and unpleasant part of my build. My FB was made of 1/4" plate and was insulated so I had to cut a lot of pieces. There were times I would not work on the smoker because I just did not feel like getting covered in all the steel dust. Also, a $10 HF 4.5 inch grinder will not hold up to the work. If you plan on using a HF tool, buy the extra warranty . I am sure that I exchanged more than 5 during the past year.

Paying someone to cut all those pieces might be well worth it.



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