Another Mini Gravity Feed

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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Puff » November 15th, 2015, 10:28 pm

I can attest to the big one. It's fantastic. Holds temp like a modern day kitchen oven, the big GF can reach 16 hours and more on a full coal chute so I'm sure you'll do at least 10-12 and I don't use the pid controller I have for smooth and steady temperature maintenance BECAUSE... I have found it does not need it. I can maintain within 2-3 degrees over a 10 hour time frame once up to temp with the ball valve about 1/2 closed. There's a few minis being built so I guess we'll be seeing results posted soon.


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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Rodcrafter » November 15th, 2015, 10:31 pm

I bet we will too. You're doing some good work!


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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Richb » November 22nd, 2015, 8:16 pm

I got all the skin tacked on. Then realized I forgot to put a reinforcement bar in for the striker side of the latch. So I had to remove the panel with the air intake and install the bar. Well I can always use the welding practice, but it's annoying having to redo your own work. Here are some more pictures.
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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Big T » November 22nd, 2015, 9:28 pm

We've all been there, it makes you slow down and think things through a little better.
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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Rodcrafter » November 24th, 2015, 5:47 am

Yeah doing great


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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Richb » November 28th, 2015, 8:46 pm

Getting excited over here. I welded the CC door on, and she swings perfectly. I'm happy as hell over here. She's starting to look like a smoker. Here some pictures.
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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Rodcrafter » November 28th, 2015, 10:14 pm

Nice!


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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Puff » November 28th, 2015, 11:04 pm

That is looking really good. Not long now that you'll be posting Q view......I've found in using the big GF, I'm using the top 3 cooking racks so I'm not bending down as much when going through the cooking process. I'm thinking that I may build a removable stand to raise the unit up about 24" up. Of course it would need to be wider at the base to prevent tipping


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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Richb » November 28th, 2015, 11:56 pm

Thanks guys. I too, am planning on making a stand to make it taller. In the mean time I'm going to build it with the standard wheels mounted like in the plans. When the stand is finished I will remount the wheels to the stand, and bolt the smoker to the stand where the wheels were previously mounted. The stand will be similar to Tim Schmidt's.


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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Richb » November 29th, 2015, 6:24 pm

Well my son had designed a branding iron for some cutting boards he is making. I modified it and cut it out of some 1/4" steel, and tacked it to the front of the smoker. My father, myself, and my son all have the same initials, so it will be his when I'm gone. It should look great after it's all powder coated with a hammer finish.
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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Smurf » November 29th, 2015, 7:23 pm

Vert nice!!!



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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by pawatch » November 30th, 2015, 4:54 pm

That really turned out nice!! Interested to see how it cooks for you.
Thanks for sharing!



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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Richb » December 14th, 2015, 8:43 am

I have to now start welding up all the corners and edges. This seems like it will take forever. Here is a picture of it mocked up with all of its hardware in place. What gauge steel is everyone using for the smoke stack damper? 1/4" seems like over kill to me.
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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by scottyk » December 14th, 2015, 9:28 am

From what I understand that damper is there mainly to block rain from getting in and you run it wide open while cooking. I plan on making a rain deflector to go over mine while in use and a cap for storage.



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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Rodcrafter » December 14th, 2015, 9:52 am

:LG: :LG: :LG:


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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Puff » December 14th, 2015, 8:49 pm

Oh yeah...looks very nice. Ditto on the rain block and cap.


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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Richb » January 10th, 2016, 4:05 pm

The smoker is almost done. I just have to fabricate the handle for the left side and weld in the drip rails inside. Then prep it for powder coating. I can't wait to start smoking meat!!!!!!
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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Pete Mazz » January 10th, 2016, 4:38 pm

Sweet!!!


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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by The Czar » January 10th, 2016, 4:40 pm

AWESOME!!!!


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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by mp4 » January 10th, 2016, 4:49 pm

I love the labels! Nice touch for sure...



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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Rodcrafter » January 10th, 2016, 4:51 pm

You're really showing off the technology with those handles. Very nice!!


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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Richb » January 10th, 2016, 5:28 pm

Rodcrafter wrote:You're really showing off the technology with those handles. Very nice!!
I've really liked having the use of my buddies CNC plasma cutter. It has really allowed me to personalize my smoker. I also plan on making custom handles for the ball valves, so they match the rest of the handles on the smoker. And yes, it has been suggested by some of my friends that I may be having TOO much fun with the CNC.


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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Baker76 » January 10th, 2016, 8:03 pm

Looks great!

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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Richb » January 16th, 2016, 8:20 pm

Well I got the D-rings on and the drip rails. Plus I finished up the cleavers handle today. And now I have to send it out for powder coating.
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Re: Another Mini Gravity Feed

Post by Baker76 » January 16th, 2016, 9:20 pm

I like the extras you put on! Looks really good!!

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