Welduns mini build

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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Weldun » April 30th, 2016, 1:52 pm

Smurf wrote:Nice job :kewl: What are you doin with the old one?
my neighbor inherited it and he is tickled.


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Pete Mazz » April 30th, 2016, 4:53 pm

If it looks better than the pic then it must be incredible because it looks damned fine to me! :beer:

I like the old one too!


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by The Czar » April 30th, 2016, 6:45 pm

That's is freaking nice ....


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Big T » April 30th, 2016, 8:37 pm

:kewl: Sweet!!


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Smurf » April 30th, 2016, 8:43 pm

Always nice to have happy neighbors. Seems like I just have to fire up the smoker and they get happy, but it's all fun. :beer:



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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Squiggle » April 30th, 2016, 8:59 pm

That looks freakin wicked dude!! I love the paint job. :kewl:

The old smoker is cool, I love the monster truck tyres, but the new GF is definitely an upgrade. :beer:


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Post by Weldun » May 4th, 2016, 6:40 pm

Thanks fellas


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Weldun » May 5th, 2016, 9:00 pm

The last piece (maybe) is completed, I added an ash pan with a removable handle and in true Rodcrafter form I didn't skimp, it's made of 1/4" steel and weighs 10 pounds. Hoping to cook something this weekend, good or bad I'll post some pics.
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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Elmacho » May 5th, 2016, 9:03 pm

:LG: how often does one have to empty the ash pan on a Mini?


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Post by Weldun » May 5th, 2016, 9:09 pm

Elmacho wrote::LG: how often does one have to empty the ash pan on a Mini?


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Not sure yet but hoping to find out soon!


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Big T » May 5th, 2016, 10:22 pm

I like the removable handle :kewl:


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Rodcrafter » May 5th, 2016, 11:01 pm

Very nice!


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Post by Squiggle » May 6th, 2016, 4:05 am

Brilliant work dude, I am going to make an ash pan, & now I think I will be adding a removable handle. :beer:


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Pete Mazz » May 6th, 2016, 4:14 am

Nice!


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Weldun » May 8th, 2016, 5:45 pm

Finally cooked some butts on my mini today which will bring this thread to a close, I am very pleased with the performance of this smoker. I fired it up this morning with an outside temp of 37*F,cooked 4- 8# butts for 9hrs and used about 2/3 of a chute of charcoal. Now it's just a matter of experimenting and getting experience, thanks to all who followed my build, gave feedback and compliments.
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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by mp4 » May 8th, 2016, 6:40 pm

Very nice!



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:needfood: :needfood: :needfood: :needfood: :needfood:
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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Squiggle » May 8th, 2016, 11:01 pm

Oh baby, that looks sweet as dude! :grillin:

It's been my pleasure to watch you & see how to do mine the right way. I seriously can't wait to get mine fired up when I finish it, I'm so pumped to get it done & it all thanks to your thread. :kewl:


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Post by Pete Mazz » May 9th, 2016, 3:40 am

:kewl: :kewl: :kewl:


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Michael303 » May 11th, 2016, 6:05 pm

I keep coming back to this thread because I love all the details.

A couple questions. Do you find that latch will hold the door closed tight enough that it doesn't leak? Can you also tell me what size rod fits in that coil for the chimney and charcoal chute door handle?



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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by DunnSmoke » May 11th, 2016, 7:27 pm

Your pit looks awesome!
What are your thoughts on a frameless version?
This is another smoker I'm working on, but a friend of mine wants a stumps clone. I was thinking of building it frameless.
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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Weldun » May 11th, 2016, 7:49 pm

Michael303 wrote:I keep coming back to this thread because I love all the details.

A couple questions. Do you find that latch will hold the door closed tight enough that it doesn't leak? Can you also tell me what size rod fits in that coil for the chimney and charcoal chute door handle?
So far the latch has been spot on, the design of the latch is such that the harder you shut the door the tighter it seals. As far as the round stock size I took a piece of 3/8", chucked it in a drill and used a 4 1/2" angle grinder with a cut-off wheel and turned the last 1/2" down until it fit. Crude but effective that's my M.O.


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Weldun » May 11th, 2016, 7:59 pm

DunnSmoke wrote:Your pit looks awesome!
What are your thoughts on a frameless version?
This is another smoker I'm working on, but a friend of mine wants a stumps clone. I was thinking of building it frameless.
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Thanks, as far as the frameless design I think it could be done but consideration would have to be given to all variables and expansion and contraction not to mention the "furnace" part of these things can be quite substantial weight wise. I would probably be more inclined to minimize the amount of framework, the average weekend fabricator doesn't have a press brake at their disposal so that's probably the reason for the popularity of frameworks. Just guessing


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by DunnSmoke » May 11th, 2016, 8:03 pm

Thanks for the feedback.
I have 4 pits in line b4 I get to this one. I will put more thought into it. Maybe just reducing the amount of framework would be some weight advantage.



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Post by Weldun » May 11th, 2016, 8:11 pm

DunnSmoke wrote:Thanks for the feedback.
I have 4 pits in line b4 I get to this one. I will put more thought into it. Maybe just reducing the amount of framework would be some weight advantage.
I did a quick estimate and the amount of tubing in my mini build probably weighs 65#


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