new offset build

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Re: new offset build

Post by Daves87gn » March 30th, 2021, 3:37 pm

Tom’s friend does aviation salvage and had these 🤣 20 ton casters, with locking casters and brakes, nice since my backyard had a slight slant to it.
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Re: new offset build

Post by Big T » March 30th, 2021, 5:39 pm

:LG:


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Re: new offset build

Post by Dirtytires » March 31st, 2021, 10:09 am

Slightly overkill.....I like it!



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Re: new offset build

Post by Daves87gn » April 10th, 2021, 7:29 pm

got some more parts on today, got the chimney started, will attach the stack next Saturday, but got the firebox mostly glued on today.
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Re: new offset build

Post by Daves87gn » April 10th, 2021, 7:35 pm

Not sure if I mentioned it but the reason I'm not welding is I have a astigmatism, best way to explain what I see when I try to weld, it's as if someone put white paint/paper over the lens. Fast forward, I got glasses to help with the astigmatism and got to play a little with a flux core mig welder. I've tried to learn and know the principles behind it but just blinded by the light. well.....
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Re: new offset build

Post by dacolson » April 10th, 2021, 9:53 pm

That is fantastic Dave. Really glad for you. You’re on the road now and I hope you get hooked. Lots of practice to come.


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Re: new offset build

Post by Big T » April 10th, 2021, 10:01 pm

:yth: That's a huge improvement.


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Re: new offset build

Post by Daves87gn » April 11th, 2021, 12:37 pm

Yeah I already want a welder, I have some scrap I brought home to play with, still have my buddies mig until next week.


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Re: new offset build

Post by Daves87gn » April 24th, 2021, 7:21 pm

it's almost done, got the doors welded on today, added the internal stops to hinges, got all the racks welded up and added stops so I can't pull them out to far, I have to lift rack in order to remove them. I added bungs for the gauges.
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Re: new offset build

Post by dacolson » April 24th, 2021, 7:57 pm

:LG:
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Re: new offset build

Post by Big T » April 24th, 2021, 9:37 pm

It's looking great!! Are you going to be able to reach the door handle when the door is fully open ?


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Re: new offset build

Post by Daves87gn » April 24th, 2021, 10:07 pm

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It's looking great!! Are you going to be able to reach the door handle when the door is fully open ?
Maybe 🤣

I can lift the door all the way and reach the top of the door to close it, but thinking I might have to build some shorter legs for it because the casters are to tall. I’m a little worried about the tires dry rotting from sitting out side also.

The advantage is that it rolls really nice, and with the casters unlocked it’s easy to move around.


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Re: new offset build

Post by Dirtytires » April 25th, 2021, 7:47 am

You had better start saving cash now! Looks like 6 thermometer bungs....I made that mistake by drilling 5 holes before I priced out thermometers. My tel-tru dials set me back $50 a piece.

They look good, tho!



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Re: new offset build

Post by Daves87gn » April 25th, 2021, 10:12 pm

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You had better start saving cash now! Looks like 6 thermometer bungs....I made that mistake by drilling 5 holes before I priced out thermometers. My tel-tru dials set me back $50 a piece.

They look good, tho!
I ordered them about a month ago, definitely not cheap


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Re: new offset build

Post by Daves87gn » May 1st, 2021, 7:22 pm

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It’s basically done, just some odds and ends that I’ll probably do at home...it’ll give me a chance to practice with my new welder I picked up yesterday.
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Re: new offset build

Post by dacolson » May 1st, 2021, 9:22 pm

Looking great! You got a damper for that FB vent? When’s the first cook?


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Re: new offset build

Post by Daves87gn » May 2nd, 2021, 2:22 pm

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Looking great! You got a damper for that FB vent? When’s the first cook?


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Thank you, don’t have a damper for the firebox yet, have a few ideas but...I don’t have way to secure door either, have a few ideas too. I want to get it home, Tom has mentioned it take up a lot of room at his little shop 🤣. I have to cut up the flat expanded metal for the racks and a few other things and then season it then some 🐖 butts for first cook.


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Re: new offset build

Post by towtruck » May 2nd, 2021, 2:24 pm

Looking good......one word of advice though...widen those wheels out about a foot...ask me how I know:)



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Re: new offset build

Post by RJB » May 2nd, 2021, 2:34 pm

Daves87gn wrote:
May 1st, 2021, 7:22 pm
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It’s basically done, just some odds and ends that I’ll probably do at home...it’ll give me a chance to practice with my new welder I picked up yesterday.
Looks awesome! :beer:

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Re: new offset build

Post by Daves87gn » May 2nd, 2021, 3:19 pm

towtruck wrote:
May 2nd, 2021, 2:24 pm
Looking good......one word of advice though...widen those wheels out about a foot...ask me how I know:)
We measured twice and cut once just about everything lol, as long as they turn in the same direction they clear each other by an inch, when they turn the opposite direction they fight 😂.

Funny story, we welded the hinges for the firebox door, discussed welding them with the grease fittings down so the grease will pool in the hinges. Everything is welded and “moment of truth” swing door open and door starts to fall 😟. So we figured we welded hinges upside down, cut them off and turn them upside down and re-weld them and “moment of truth #2”, start to open door and we both noticed the door is ready to fall down again. We look at each other dumbfounded, Tom looks at me and says “what the hell”. We sit there for about 5 minutes trying to figure out what the hell is going on, and then light 💡 moment, bottom part of hinge needs to be welded to box not door 🤣, so we cut them off again and welded them a 3rd time.


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Re: new offset build

Post by Daves87gn » May 2nd, 2021, 3:19 pm

RJB wrote:
May 2nd, 2021, 2:34 pm
Daves87gn wrote:
May 1st, 2021, 7:22 pm
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It’s basically done, just some odds and ends that I’ll probably do at home...it’ll give me a chance to practice with my new welder I picked up yesterday.
Looks awesome! :beer:

Rick
Thank you


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Re: new offset build

Post by towtruck » May 2nd, 2021, 4:33 pm

Daves87gn wrote:
May 2nd, 2021, 3:19 pm
towtruck wrote:
May 2nd, 2021, 2:24 pm
Looking good......one word of advice though...widen those wheels out about a foot...ask me how I know:)
We measured twice and cut once just about everything lol, as long as they turn in the same direction they clear each other by an inch, when they turn the opposite direction they fight 😂.

Funny story, we welded the hinges for the firebox door, discussed welding them with the grease fittings down so the grease will pool in the hinges. Everything is welded and “moment of truth” swing door open and door starts to fall 😟. So we figured we welded hinges upside down, cut them off and turn them upside down and re-weld them and “moment of truth #2”, start to open door and we both noticed the door is ready to fall down again. We look at each other dumbfounded, Tom looks at me and says “what the hell”. We sit there for about 5 minutes trying to figure out what the hell is going on, and then light 💡 moment, bottom part of hinge needs to be welded to box not door 🤣, so we cut them off again and welded them a 3rd time.
It's not the clearance between the wheels that will bite you.....it's the fact that with the wheel turned 90* the axle is really close to the center line of the smoker making it super easy to tip the whole thing over. Imagine pushing it sideways and hitting a pebble...being top heavy it will go over before you realize what is happening. You'll want the center of the axle, when turned under the smoker at a 90*, to be wider than the smoker itself. That way the smoker has to overcome its own weight and raise up to tip over. With the axle center under the smoker it will tip over with zero resistance like taking a leg off the kitchen table. With all four casters being able to swivel, and those axles way under the smoker, you are going to have it go over on someone. Remember, it's not where the swivel attaches, but where the axle of the wheel is when turned 90*....they need to be wider than the smoker.

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