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What should I get to help with construction of smoker

Post by Heatermeter builder » September 22nd, 2017, 12:31 pm

I just ordered my first welder, a Eastwood 135a mig welder and wanted to know what else I should get to help with my build of a double pan gravity smoker. I been looking at tables and possible a corner jig to help weld the frame. I don't have a lot of room in the garage, as my wife may get upset if I were to take over her place to park her car. But I still could probably get a good size table, if it's really needed.

I been looking at the smaller folding tables and some clamps to hold the 2x2 tubing while they are welded.

Is there anything else to make the job easier?

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Re: What should I get to help with construction of smoker

Post by Weldun » September 22nd, 2017, 3:57 pm

A few pairs of vise grip clamps come in really handy


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Re: What should I get to help with construction of smoker

Post by mp4 » September 22nd, 2017, 4:04 pm

pipe clamps come in handy - at least 4.



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Re: What should I get to help with construction of smoker

Post by ajfoxy » September 22nd, 2017, 4:36 pm

Bear in mind the double pan gravity feed is a beast. And it will get very heavy, very quickly. A sturdy welding table is nice. I don't believe one needs to purchase a StrongHand or CertiFlat type table, although very nice. A probably more practical option for the occasional fabricator is a fabricated steel table with 1/4 steel top AND WHEELS. This way it can be used as a welding table, fabrication table and if needs be even live outside for a portion of the year if space is at a premium. Then you need a heap of clamps to ensure any metal you are heating via welding stays in place as much as possible... :-)
Depending on your welding skills, your next most important asset will be a grinder with flap disk, grinding disk, cutting disk etc. After that, purhcase as you need. No sense in buying a whole bunch of tools and some never come out of their packaging.


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Re: What should I get to help with construction of smoker

Post by Heatermeter builder » September 22nd, 2017, 8:21 pm

Thanks everyone for their help. I'm thinking of going to the metal recycling center, down the road and seeing if I can find some scrap metal for a table. I can probably get one big enough to accommodate the framing of the smoker, and after I can always cut the legs off to save some space in the garage. We do have a 3 car tadem garage, but I have my 3d printing and soldering area taking up a section of the garage. I could always put that stuff into storage.

The weight of this build does have me a little worried, but I think after the framing is finished and I could get some help with the fire box and charcoal chute, I should be fine, hopefully.


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Re: What should I get to help with construction of smoker

Post by ajfoxy » September 23rd, 2017, 3:41 am

Another suggestin with the DP is once you have the frame finished you put it on wheels. Makes manoeving it around a tad easier. And don't forget to leave out the top strut by the chute to enable you to put the chute in the frame.


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Re: What should I get to help with construction of smoker

Post by Squiggle » September 24th, 2017, 8:56 pm

:yth: if you can afford it, 2 grinders are better, such a pain changing discs all the time, lol. :beer:


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Re: What should I get to help with construction of smoker

Post by Rodcrafter » September 25th, 2017, 8:48 pm

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