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42.5 Gal

Post by Bricky » October 25th, 2020, 12:17 am

Joined a couple of days ago, thanks....a lot of reading and great info here.
Am planning my first smoker build, and after reading and checking out calculators, I think I have dimensions sorted.
Just a couple of questions for down the track.
Does anyone make a meat probe with a dial gauge that you can mount in the lid along side the temp gauge?
Also am thinking of mounting a gas burner or two under the baffle plate. The idea is to maybe can get the cooking chamber hot enough to cook pizzas.
Also thought it may help to keep a more even temp while smoking. Dumb idea????
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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Dirtytires » October 25th, 2020, 10:36 am

My probes are all thermoworks. Not familiar with a head unit that would mount onto a door. You could always weld up a bracket and mount it anywhere you want. Mine have a threaded insert in that back that i attached a magnetic base to so I can stick mine almost anywhere on the pit. I try to keep it away from really not areas to prolong the life on the unit.

I always frown on people putting a gas burner in a smoker. Safety is the main reason but keep in mind your smoker needs to be sealed up tight to get a proper airflow and temperature control. A gas burner needs copious amounts of air...something a smoker is not designed to provide. If you want to do pizza make a separate unit as they will both work better.



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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Big T » October 25th, 2020, 4:51 pm

:yth:


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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by dacolson » October 25th, 2020, 5:55 pm

Yup. These are not like gas grills. Your flame could get smothered then fill the bottom of the tank up w gas till it spills over into the FB. Then ...
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Besides, once you’re done w this one you’ll need an excuse for a second project - pizza oven!


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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Bricky » October 26th, 2020, 2:44 am

Thanks for the replies. That's why I'm on here...to get some good advice. Will scrap the gas burner and save it for another project.
Don't know how I'll go, not much of a metal worker but will give it my best shot.
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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by dacolson » October 26th, 2020, 8:10 am

Looks good so far. How did the door come out? Did it stay straight?


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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Dirtytires » October 26th, 2020, 10:05 am

Every build is an adventure. A smoker is a great project to start learning to weld with and many here have done just that. We will do out best to help out if and when we are needed.



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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Bricky » October 26th, 2020, 11:21 pm

Another question guys. Thinking about the firebox,
Is it best to have the fire raised on a grate, on the bottom of the firebox?
Also was thinking of lining the bottom of the FB with fire brick..building the box a bit taller to allow for them.
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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Pete Mazz » October 27th, 2020, 12:34 am

I wouldn't worry about fire brick and make an ash pan with raised fire basket a few inches above that.


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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Bricky » October 27th, 2020, 1:51 am

👍👍 Guess I can't let go of the bricky part of me 😁
Cleaned up the inside a bit today.
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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Bricky » October 27th, 2020, 3:23 am

Door came out with virtually no distortion.👌



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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Dirtytires » October 27th, 2020, 10:25 am

Bricks on the bottom just add a lot of bulk and weight. Also leaves a lot of crevices for ash to get stuck in and rust out the bottom.



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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Bricky » October 30th, 2020, 4:02 am

A bit more done today.
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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by dacolson » October 30th, 2020, 7:22 am

:LG:
I'm a fan of the plug welds to attach the door flanges. Did that on my last build. How big were your holes? I started w/ 3/8 and ended up redoing them w/ half inch.


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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Bricky » October 30th, 2020, 3:04 pm

About 3/8 I think....seem to have worked ok.



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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Bricky » October 30th, 2020, 3:06 pm

The more of my welds I can hide the better.😁



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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Bricky » October 31st, 2020, 12:08 am

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Handle on today.
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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by dacolson » October 31st, 2020, 12:42 am

You’re probably taller than me and have a longer reach, but I might turn that hand the other way so it’s tilting down. I could never reach it when the door's open with it tilting up like that. Looking good though


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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Bricky » October 31st, 2020, 12:55 am

Yeah, did think that after I finished it. Bit of a stretch but should be ok, might drop the stand down a little. If no go will do as you suggest.
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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Pete Mazz » October 31st, 2020, 2:38 am

Yea, there's been many a burnt wrist reaching for a handle :wtf:


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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Big T » October 31st, 2020, 7:42 pm

:yth: :LG:


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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Bricky » November 1st, 2020, 3:30 pm

About to mount chimney.
What are thoughts on the position please?
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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by dacolson » November 1st, 2020, 4:02 pm

Looks good. Like the mitered joint on the end. Should keep any condensation dripping down the wall of the tank instead of dripping onto your rack.


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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by Big T » November 1st, 2020, 9:30 pm

I like the stack as high as possible on the CC so that should work great.


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Re: 42.5 Gal

Post by dacolson » November 3rd, 2020, 9:56 am

Big T wrote:I like the stack as high as possible on the CC so that should work great.
Big T - I’ve been meaning to ask, Is there a specific reason you put the stack high vs mid? I built 3 pits - all center mounted - including 1 RF. No draft issues - if anything, one burns a little hot. I’m not averse to change, but I do like the look and idea of the grate level stack pulling smoke/heat across the meat at that level.


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