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Jim_K
04-02-2009, 09:51 PM
Well I guess this will be the thread for my smoker Build.
I got started last weekend with a little cleanup of the small tank.
Today I started a little cutting on it, the bottom ring is now cut off and the top(will be the bottom) has been chopped. I hope to work on it some this weekend if the weather coperates. I plan to work on some hinges so I can do a pre cut on the hinge side and weld them on then finish the rest.
I also will be filling my 250 gal and getting it ready for cuts on it also. http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/smokerbuild.jpg

I just like this pic
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/smokerbuild2.jpg
The friction saw makes a nice clean cut this should work well for the doors.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/smokerbuild3.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/smokerbuild4.jpg

A little pre burn
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/smokerbuild5.jpg

SmokyOkie
04-02-2009, 09:59 PM
Steel, sparks, fire, all a man needs now is a cold beer to go with it!

Keep us posted!

Fatback Joe
04-02-2009, 10:05 PM
Steel, sparks, fire, all a man needs now is a cold beer to go with it!

Keep us posted!

:whathesaid:


Looking forward to the finished product.

matt4467
04-02-2009, 10:30 PM
Is that going to be your fire box?

Jim_K
04-02-2009, 10:50 PM
That is my Vertical smoke chamber/ holding chamber.
I have some 1/4" plate steel for the fire box, It will be 30" deep X 24" wide 24" tall
This pit will be designed like the lang 84.

Joneser
04-03-2009, 06:21 AM
Looking good so far! I love to see sparks fly!

antny616
04-03-2009, 06:46 AM
Looks cool Jim, I started a build last weekend too. I am ready to mount it to a frame and then have to build the racks for the cook chamber. It's lots of fun, good luck.

antny

matt4467
04-04-2009, 12:44 AM
Hey Jim You need to go ahead and ask the wife (if your married ) if you can buy yourself a plasma cutter. I bought a Ramsond on Ebay for 460 bucks and it works great. I think you will have a hard time cutting the doors out with that cutoff saw.

Jim_K
04-04-2009, 01:22 AM
I can use a plasma cutter if I need one, but this saw will cut it just fine. I had that 24" tank top off in about 10 min
My 250 gal tank is now filled with water, electricity and water are not good friends!

matt4467
04-04-2009, 01:53 AM
Well you know you dont have to use water in that tank you can take a hose and hook it up to your exhaust on your car and run it in your tank and let it run for about 30 min then cut your tank while your car is running. The exhaust burns the fumes in the tank. I did it a couple of times and it worked fine. ( But on another note that plasma cutter will make more exact cuts and probally a little bit easier to handle.

JamesB
04-04-2009, 05:10 AM
Well you know you dont have to use water in that tank you can take a hose and hook it up to your exhaust on your car and run it in your tank and let it run for about 30 min then cut your tank while your car is running. The exhaust burns the fumes in the tank. I did it a couple of times and it worked fine. ( But on another note that plasma cutter will make more exact cuts and probally a little bit easier to handle.

Just a correction. The exhaust does not burn the fumes in the tank. The theory is that the carbon monoxide will displace oxygen thereby reducing the risk of combustion. Still a risky endeavor.

SmokyOkie
04-04-2009, 07:01 PM
If you fill a propane tank all the way with water and then vent it as you fill it, could you not just drain the water out and consider it to be propane free?

matt4467
04-04-2009, 07:06 PM
No THe smoker I just built i had it full of water and when i made my first cut it actually flashed on me but after the firt cut your ok.

Jim_K
04-05-2009, 08:32 PM
Got a little more done in the last 2 days.
Small tank is ready for hinges, and the 250 gal has been marked and the Firebox opening cut. The last pic was the best part of the day.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/Img_3265.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/smokerbuild6.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/smokerbuild7.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/smokerbuild8.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/smokerbuild9.jpg

SmokyOkie
04-05-2009, 10:12 PM
Kuul!:thumbs up:

Joneser
04-06-2009, 05:43 AM
Looks like you're pretty good with that friction saw, Jim. Nice work so far. I like the pic of the water coming out....

Jim_K
04-06-2009, 07:54 PM
Finished up a few things that I didn't get done yesterday.
The rest of the hinges are all tacked on, and all the doors are cut out :D I did leave room under the hinges for strips of flat steel to seal up the gap.

Big diff in the weather today windy rainy and 35, from yesterdays sunny 85+

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/smokerbuild9-1.jpg

Vertical Smoker chamber/ Warmer
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/smokerbuild10.jpg

SmokyOkie
04-06-2009, 08:18 PM
Keep postin'!

jerry516planes
04-06-2009, 08:33 PM
Jim

Are your hinges a personel design? Please post a couple of close-ups of the hinges when you haved time. They look to be a better design than I used! Keep up the good work!!:thumbs up::thumbs up:

PigCicles
04-06-2009, 09:30 PM
:wow: You're really making some head way! I can't wait to see it going together and finally finished up with some most excellent Q going in her.

Keep those pics coming buster! :cheer:

Joneser
04-07-2009, 05:26 AM
Moving right along, huh?
That is some really good fab work, Jim. Looking good so far. I'd be interested in seeing some close-ups of those hinges too.

Jim_K
04-07-2009, 06:27 PM
Here ya go guys nothing special.
I'm trying to use materials that I have access too (free)! All these hinges are is 3/4 pipe with 3/4 round bar and 3/4 fender washers that I had to trim a section off the bottom to fit and some 1/4 x 3 flat steel. (Note) these are just tacked on now and not compleatley finished. I plan to weld on some 1/4 x 1 flat bar off the back side 4"-5" long after I do another pass on the small barrel. Then finish up all the welds and add my cover for the gaps compleatly around the door.
I plan to use 1 1/2" x 1/8" flat bar for this.


http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_3310.jpg

jerry516planes
04-07-2009, 07:39 PM
I like it! Thanks!!!

SmokyOkie
04-07-2009, 09:24 PM
Here ya go guys nothing special.
I'm trying to use materials that I have access too (free)! All these hinges are is 3/4 pipe with 3/4 round bar and 3/4 fender washers that I had to trim a section off the bottom to fit and some 1/4 x 3 flat steel. (Note) these are just tacked on now and not compleatley finished. I plan to weld on some 1/4 x 1 flat bar off the back side 4"-5" long after I do another pass on the small barrel. Then finish up all the welds and add my cover for the gaps compleatly around the door.
I plan to use 1 1/2" x 1/8" flat bar for this.


where are you going to put it? Inside top, outside sides and bottom?on the barrel or the lid?

Are you going to just frame the door with it?

Jim_K
04-07-2009, 09:53 PM
where are you going to put it? Inside top, outside sides and bottom?on the barrel or the lid?

Are you going to just frame the door with it?

Outside on the doors.
It will fit right under the 3" x 1/4" plate and be welded on the doors all the way around each. now the flip up middle section will only get it on the top and bottom, part of each door will slightly overlap the middle section to seal it off compleatly.
I would have already welded it on but I have not picked it up yet. It should all tie together nicely when I get it done:msn-wink:

flying illini
04-07-2009, 10:39 PM
Nice work. Wow.

matt4467
04-08-2009, 08:38 PM
:wow: I likes
:kewlpics:

Jim_K
05-03-2009, 11:36 AM
I have done a little more work on my smoker the past few weeks.
The trailer is ready for the gussets, axel brackets and tongue to be welded on. Fire box has been welded still need to work on the door and air inlets. I also orderd some Tel-Tru Thermos from Smokyokie at a great price and fast shipping too!!!!! Thanks Smokyokie for the help and offering these for use to buy at such a price!!!!!!:thumbs up:
I have enjoyed the build so far Im not in any hurry and work on it when I have time.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0021.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0019.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0022.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0025.jpg

Joneser
05-03-2009, 03:04 PM
Can't wait to see some more of this build, Jim!
Looks great so far.

SmokyOkie
05-04-2009, 08:49 PM
What's going on the top of the firebox where the hole is?

Jim_K
05-04-2009, 09:18 PM
What's going on the top of the firebox where the hole is?
Thats for the vertical chamber tank.
There will be a 4" x 2" long pipe welded on top of the hole and a dampner for heat control. Above the pipe and dampner will be a 1/4" thick defuser plate with holes all over it that will be bolted down for easy removal for cleaning.
The 2" of pipe sticking above the hole will keep grease from entering the firebox and there will be a drain valve at the bottom of the vertical chamber for grease removal

chadd17
05-04-2009, 10:48 PM
Nice work. :thumbs up: Keep those pics coming.

SmokyOkie
05-05-2009, 10:52 AM
Thats for the vertical chamber tank.
There will be a 4" x 2" long pipe welded on top of the hole and a dampner for heat control. Above the pipe and dampner will be a 1/4" thick defuser plate with holes all over it that will be bolted down for easy removal for cleaning.
The 2" of pipe sticking above the hole will keep grease from entering the firebox and there will be a drain valve at the bottom of the vertical chamber for grease removal


I like it!

Stringbender128
05-21-2009, 10:15 PM
Can't wait to see it finished! Looks great!

Jim_K
05-25-2009, 08:46 PM
Got a little more done since last post. http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

The trailer is turned over, all welded up and ready for the axel kit! ( http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/images/smiles/icon_redface.gif now I just need to buy)
worked on the smaller vertical tank a little and the 250 gal tank. All the door trim is on and the welds on the hinges are finished. Going to work on the handles and the firebox door and Intakes.
Wish I had my trailer axels on so I could mount the 250 gal tank so it could all come together. I really dont want to build it all then try to get it up on the trailer.

Here is a few pics.


http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0275.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0277.jpg

jerry516planes
05-26-2009, 02:52 AM
:wow: You must weld for a living.

I built mine then put on trailer! :smack:
Long story short - I rented a Bobcat for a day so I could get it up on the trailer. These projects get too heavy in a hurry!:roflmaoha0:

Can not wait to see the vertical smoker and trailer pics!

nascarchuck
05-26-2009, 07:03 AM
Can you go ahead and put me down for using our smoker on July 4th weekend? :roflmaoha0:

Looks like it's coming together very nice!!!

SmokyOkie
05-26-2009, 10:04 PM
:wow: You must weld for a living.

I built mine then put on trailer! :smack:
Long story short - I rented a Bobcat for a day so I could get it up on the trailer. These projects get too heavy in a hurry!:roflmaoha0:

Can not wait to see the vertical smoker and trailer pics!

If he's not a pro now, he will be by the time he gets done!:msn-wink:

Jim_K
05-31-2009, 04:42 PM
Well I got to work on it some this weekend.
here is a pic of the trailer (flipped) tongue welded on with the coupler.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0283.jpg

Worked on my firebox some today the firegrate is done and the dampner has the flaps welded on.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0279.jpg


http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0282.jpg


http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0285.jpg



http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0286.jpg


Here is the 6" pipe setting inside the hole for the stack.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0287.jpg

And last a pic of my helper he really loves helping daddy work on his smoker :D

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/RileyHelper.jpg

Short One
05-31-2009, 05:08 PM
:thumbs up: Jim, sure looks to be coming along nicely. Looks to be a good HD trailer. Keep up the good work.

Joneser
05-31-2009, 06:11 PM
Man Jim, you do nice work! Thanks for the update.

jerry516planes
05-31-2009, 08:39 PM
You do nice work! Your helper seems very enthusiastic! Is this his first project? I started helping my father when I was about his age!

Keep the pictures coming!!

Thanks!

SmokyOkie
05-31-2009, 09:17 PM
Very cool!

Jim_K
05-31-2009, 09:40 PM
You do nice work! Your helper seems very enthusiastic! Is this his first project? I started helping my father when I was about his age!

Keep the pictures coming!!

Thanks!

He helps me do everything, sometimes I have to make him go inside with mommy if is something dangerous. He tries to do whatever I do.
Here is a few of our projects.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Img_2430a.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/IMG_0708.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/RileySanding.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/RileyLumberjack5.jpg

SmokyOkie
05-31-2009, 09:51 PM
Cute little one, but what an incredible core pattern on that wood!

Beautiful table as well.

Jim_K
05-31-2009, 11:32 PM
Thanks SmokyOkie,
I do a lot of woodturning and thats some Boxelder with redflame.
pretty much a usless tree. not good for firewood, and too soft for lumber but it makes some pretty woodturnings.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/BEHF3viewsm.jpg

Joneser
06-01-2009, 07:20 AM
Wow! Wood and steel, you are a real craftsman. Looks like you have another in the making.

SmokyOkie
06-01-2009, 08:17 PM
Thanks SmokyOkie,
I do a lot of woodturning and thats some Boxelder with redflame.
pretty much a usless tree. not good for firewood, and too soft for lumber but it makes some pretty woodturnings.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/BEHF3viewsm.jpg

Can I buy that piece?

Does boxelder look like poison oak to you too, or is it just me?

Jim_K
06-01-2009, 08:36 PM
Yes the young sprouts do look like poison ivy
That piece has sold.
I have a website where you can look at some more of my work http://www.flyingcurls.com/Ketron.html I need to do an update as some of them have sold also.

SmokyOkie
06-01-2009, 09:00 PM
I have always had the utmost appreciation fro the natural beauty of wood.

You appear to have an incredible talent for exposing it.

Any of you out there that didn't look at his site should.

Joneser
06-01-2009, 09:08 PM
Not to hijack the thread, but Damn! Those turnings are amazing! I'd like to see the "Baby Bowl" picture if you wouldn't mind sharing, Jim. I tried the link, but it didn't work.
Sounds like a really cool idea and an instant heirloom.

SmokyOkie
06-01-2009, 09:13 PM
Not to hijack the thread, but Damn! Those turnings are amazing! I'd like to see the "Baby Bowl" picture if you wouldn't mind sharing, Jim. I tried the link, but it didn't work.
Sounds like a really cool idea and an instant heirloom.

Input the link manually if you have to Brian. It's worth the effort. The Okette has already told me to buy a lathe like that. I tried to tell her there was more to it than that, but she wouldn't listen.

Joneser
06-01-2009, 09:31 PM
I wanna see the pix with the babies in the bowls.

Jim_K
06-01-2009, 10:05 PM
Thanks guys for the complements.
SmokyOkie turning sure is fun, but be prepared you will spend the least amount of $$ on the lathe, the chisels, chucks, and tools in time will outweigh the price of the lathe X3 I build a lot of my own tools to save $$
Joneser
Here are the twins Riley (my helper) and grace. I almost let them get to big before I got it finished. keep in mined bowls of this size take about a year to dry before you can finish turn them. there are two bowls that are the same size and from the same tree when they get older and have a place of there own, they will receave them as gifts.
I have turned several bowls of this size this one being around 16" the largest being 19" and 8" deep

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/BabyBowl3fix.jpg

Joneser
06-02-2009, 06:47 AM
Thanks, Jim. That's a great picture....amazing how fast they grow.

toastedtom
06-02-2009, 07:56 PM
Beautiful work, from the pit to the woodwork, I enjoyed this thread so much. Thanks, tt

jerry516planes
06-06-2009, 08:16 PM
Very Nice! A true artisan. I read Fine Wood Working. I have a couple of lathes but nothing like yours. I have experimented with laminated bowls using walnut and hard maple.

Keep Up the good work!

Jim_K
06-07-2009, 10:13 PM
Got some more done this weekend :D
Worked on my firebox some, got all the intake holes drilled and the slide covers. Im going to add a few on the door also, these will be lower.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0299.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0301.jpg

Welded on my stands for the 250 gal tank to sit on.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0313.jpg

Now this was fun! I had to come up with a way to get the tank on the stands. I put the 4 wheeler to use again, pulled it up to the trailer rolled the tank over on the trailer side and threw a log under where it goes. rolled it up on the log and pulled it over the first set of stands.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0314.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0315.jpg

Now I used another log that was about the same hight off the ground as the stands and pulled it across the other set of stands.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0316.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0318.jpg

And here is a pic of one of my other helpers.
she loved pulling that tank up there and done a great job! Mom was not even going to try so she was elected :D

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0317.jpg

setting up there

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0320.jpg

up off the ground and welded on!

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0322.jpg

Joneser
06-08-2009, 09:56 AM
Nice job, Jim! Looks like you'll be firing it up before the end of summer~!
I like the resourcefulness, using the logs and 4 wheeler! I hear that's how the great pyramids were built...

toastedtom
06-08-2009, 07:08 PM
Looking good! Keep on welding!

peculiarmike
06-08-2009, 08:18 PM
Well you know you dont have to use water in that tank you can take a hose and hook it up to your exhaust on your car and run it in your tank and let it run for about 30 min then cut your tank while your car is running. The exhaust burns the fumes in the tank. I did it a couple of times and it worked fine. ( But on another note that plasma cutter will make more exact cuts and probally a little bit easier to handle.

In the interest of correctness, and not wanting to see anyone get done in by an exploding propane tank, and not wanting to be seen as a smartazz either, we need a bit of clarification here. The exhaust does not "burn the fumes in the tank".
The exhaust simply fills the tank with an inert gas (CO2 and combustion byproducts) which dilutes and forces the propane out whatever opening(s) there may be in the tank. I do not like this method, leaves too much to chance.
Filling the tank with water does the same thing and is a more positive method. And there is no reason to wait any period of time after filling the tank with water, as long as it was COMPLETELY filled to overflowing out the top of the tank. The tank has to be on a level surface so there are no pockets of gas trapped in it. If this is the case then you can immediately drain it and go to work.
The tank will still have a heavy smell of "gas" in it. That is NOT gas, it is the chemical (usually ethylmercaptan) added to the gas to make it smell. And it is hard to get rid of. Burning out the tank helps.

jerry516planes
06-09-2009, 06:10 PM
Congradulations on a job well done! Help is always a problem for me. Projects just heavier as they progress or maybe I just get weaker?:roflmaoha0:

Keep welding and we sure do enjoy the pictures. Thanks for sharing!

jerry516planes
06-09-2009, 06:16 PM
In the interest of correctness, and not wanting to see anyone get done in by an exploding propane tank, and not wanting to be seen as a smartazz either, we need a bit of clarification here. The exhaust does not "burn the fumes in the tank".
The exhaust simply fills the tank with an inert gas (CO2 and combustion byproducts) which dilutes and forces the propane out whatever opening(s) there may be in the tank. I do not like this method, leaves too much to chance.
Filling the tank with water does the same thing and is a more positive method. And there is no reason to wait any period of time after filling the tank with water, as long as it was COMPLETELY filled to overflowing out the top of the tank. The tank has to be on a level surface so there are no pockets of gas trapped in it. If this is the case then you can immediately drain it and go to work.
The tank will still have a heavy smell of "gas" in it. That is NOT gas, it is the chemical (usually ethylmercaptan) added to the gas to make it smell. And it is hard to get rid of. Burning out the tank helps.

:thumbs up:

SmokyOkie
06-10-2009, 07:20 PM
:thumbs up:

close enough:msn-wink:

Jim_K
06-14-2009, 09:53 PM
Got a little more done this weekend
The intake slides are ready on both sides, I can remove the bolt if I need to ever take them off and work on them.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/smokerslide.jpg

Here is a shot of the firebox ready with the door all fixed up and 3 intake holes on it. It has a 1" solid Sq strong back X welded on the inside. I still need to put a latch/handle and a handle for the intake.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/fireboxready.jpg

Here it is welded on the Pit

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/FBon.jpg

I also cut the sch40 6" stack to the shape of the curve and have it tacked on and ready to weld up. Its 29 1/2" above the smoker, now to get my cap ready next.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/stackon.jpg

Here is a shot of the piece of 2" x 1/4" angle iron drain welded in and waiting on the reverse flow 1/4" plates on each side. they slope in from each side to the angle, and the angle slopes away from the firebox to the end with a 2" drain pipe.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/drain.jpg

The other end with the 2" pipe drain connected.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/drain2.jpg

SmokyOkie
06-14-2009, 09:58 PM
I think this will be the mother of all reverse flow cookers Jim!:thumbs up:

peculiarmike
06-14-2009, 11:42 PM
This thing is looking good. Lotta work in it so far, lotta! Let's see.... at $60 an hour for welding................... :ack2:
That trailer will have plenty of room. Are you putting on an area for hauling wood? Any thing else? What axles are you using and how many?
Keep those pics coming!

:thumbs up:

Jim_K
06-16-2009, 03:46 PM
This thing is looking good. Lotta work in it so far, lotta! Let's see.... at $60 an hour for welding................... :ack2:
That trailer will have plenty of room. Are you putting on an area for hauling wood? Any thing else? What axles are you using and how many?
Keep those pics coming!

:thumbs up:
Thanks All,
Mike I have an idea of my layout that I plan to use, the area opposite of the smoker for wood storage. The area left in front on the passenger side for the 48"x20" Grill I plan to build from pipe. the spot beside the firebox for 2 burners with wind breaks, and the area on the drivers side in front for sinks. I think this will help balance the load to even things out some with the placement of the items.
I also plan to use 1 3500 lb axle with a brake and one idler 3500 axle.
I have figured the estimated weights of items and I will be pushing the 3500 load limit so I will go with a tandem setup and I will have 7000 lb limit.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/Img_0322a.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/Img_0341a.jpg

SmokyOkie
06-16-2009, 09:11 PM
Looks great. Now let's talk grill design. I mean if it's gonna be a a state of the art rig, it does need a state of the art grill, right?

Wanna start a new thread for the grill design, or do you already have it figured out?

peculiarmike
06-17-2009, 12:45 AM
Ya got a Freightliner to pull it with???

:roflmaoha0:




Doing catering? Comps?

Jim_K
06-17-2009, 08:12 PM
SmokyOkie
I have a pretty good idea of how I want it, but opinions are welcome:msn-wink:

peculiarmike
Catering Yes, Comps maybe.

Jim_K
06-21-2009, 01:41 PM
Happy Fathers Day to all the Dad's on the board!

Here is what I done so far this weekend.

A shot of the damper with strongback's welded on.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0349.jpg

Here is a shot of it installed closed.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0353.jpg

Open

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0354.jpg

Here is the Reverse Flow Plate all welded in, this took some time to complete. (drain end)

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0351.jpg

Firebox end

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0352.jpg

jerry516planes
06-21-2009, 05:25 PM
I like it a lot!

matt4467
06-21-2009, 10:55 PM
Man that is going to be a awsome looking pit!!!! Great Work! Can you come do my welding for me lol.:thumbs up::wow::kewlpics::drooling:

Jim_K
06-22-2009, 03:35 PM
Thanks guys!
matt4467 That would be fun, never been to Texas. LOL

morkdach
06-22-2009, 05:06 PM
:wow: Jim :kewlpics: great job:sign0092:can't wait to see more.
:sign0092: for the step by step show

peculiarmike
06-25-2009, 09:05 AM
The easy way out would be to go buy a Lang cooker.
The BETTER way is to be able to say "I built it".
Gotta say you are doing a nice job. The cuts for mounting the firebox and stack involve compound curves and ain't easy to get right. I know. A laser level helped a lot on mine. And some "guesstimation". :roflmaoha0:
Keep those pics coming!

jerry516planes
06-27-2009, 07:41 PM
Have you added a water pan over the fire box as a heat sink? I really like mine! We put a grate over the water heat sink for steaming! I works wonderfully. We steamed and smoked some aspargrass. It was awsome!

Jim_K
06-27-2009, 10:44 PM
Have you added a water pan over the fire box as a heat sink? I really like mine! We put a grate over the water heat sink for steaming! I works wonderfully. We steamed and smoked some aspargrass. It was awsome!

There will be a 24" X 46" tank going over the firebox Warmer/Smoker.
I have a 4" pipe feeding from the firebox that will have a damper for heat/smoke adjustment. I can add water to both the 250 gal smoker (reverse flow plate) or the bottom of the warmer/smoker. there is the section over the firebox and part of the dam for the RF plate that I can add water also but no drain in that section.
The warmer/smoker will also have a plate to catch dripings and slope to a 1" drain to the outside.

jerry516planes
06-28-2009, 05:22 AM
Jim,

I started with a 1" grease outlet and had a lot of trouble with it plugging. I cut it out and put in a 1 1/2 " with similar results. I cut it out and put in a 2" which is working just fine. I got my 2" knife valve at Menards for $38. That is the cheapest I have found.

You will like all that water. It really makes a difference in evening out temperatures.

Jim_K
06-28-2009, 08:38 AM
Jim,

I started with a 1" grease outlet and had a lot of trouble with it plugging. I cut it out and put in a 1 1/2 " with similar results. I cut it out and put in a 2" which is working just fine. I got my 2" knife valve at Menards for $38. That is the cheapest I have found.

You will like all that water. It really makes a difference in evening out temperatures.

The 1" valve will be for the small tank the 250 gal has a 2" vavle.
Looking at the Lang warmers they had something like a piece of 1" or 1 1/2" angle iron that went outside for the drain.
I could bump it up to a 1 1/4" or a 1 1/2 drain, Im a Pipe Fitter by trade so I have access to diff types/sizes of vavles.
Thanks for the tip.

Jim_K
07-01-2009, 08:46 PM
Here is what I have done since last post.
Welded on the counter weights (still need to add weight inside of them)
Grates for the 250 gal tank (still need to weld handles on)
Door handles are welded on ( going to do a little woodturning for the handles)
Warmer/smoker tank is tacked on ( lots left to do on this)
I pressure washed the inside and fired her up to dry it off.
I plan to season the inside tomorrow and do a cook for the 4th :thumbs up:
still lots to work on but at least I can use it now!!!! :wings::woohoo:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_04252.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_0429.jpg

SmokyOkie
07-01-2009, 09:28 PM
Purty cool JIm!

Joneser
07-02-2009, 07:33 AM
Moving right along, very nice to see the smoke chugging from it.
Good Job so far!

jerry516planes
07-03-2009, 03:08 PM
You are certainly a craftsman!!

Do not forget the food pictures!:cheer::cheer::cheer:

garretthall29
05-12-2010, 10:31 AM
Nice job by the way. My dad is a fabricator/welder and I am in training. I am impressed, as is he, with your craftmanship.....I am getting ready to start a reverse flow build. I keep seeing people talking about adding water to the rf plate to act as a heat sink. I thought that the plate did this for you. I don't know just brain storming. Also do you just close the drain valve and fill it, otherwise it would just run out since the plate is usually installed at an angle to assist in the draining.

Jim_K
05-12-2010, 10:57 PM
The angle iron slopes away from the firebox and the RF plates slope into the angle from each side. I could close the drain and fill it with water but that would keep the RF plate cooled off and defeat the raident heat that makes the RF style work so well.

Jim_K
05-12-2010, 11:01 PM
Hey gang not been working on my smoker in a long time but thats about to change! I now have my tandom axles, fenders, breakaway kit and some other parts so be on the lookout for updates on this build.
Also have a 120 gal propane tank to build a grill.
cant wait to get started back on this project and get it finished!!!

Joneser
05-13-2010, 12:21 PM
Great to see you back here, Jim....we've missed you and that beautiful smoker!
We'd like to see some of your cooks if you have any handy.

Jim_K
05-15-2010, 07:36 PM
Got a little bit done today :D Welded my grate tabs on the warmer/smoker, going to work on the grates tonight. welded my 1 1/4" drain on and made my damper for the warmer/smoker.


Tabs welded on.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/IMG_1594.jpg

Drain instaled.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/IMG_1595.jpg

Damper closed view from inside the chamber.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/IMG_1598.jpg

Damper closed inside the fire box.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/IMG_1596.jpg

Open.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/IMG_1600.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/IMG_1597.jpg

Jim_K
05-27-2010, 05:15 PM
I made my racks and the defuser for the Warmer/Smoker section of my pit. seasoned them this past weekend and had very good results with my temps. :D
I have a cook coming up this weekend, should have 3 butts 12 lb brisket and 4 sides that are going to be smoked I cant wait!

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_1608.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_1610.jpg

Joneser
05-27-2010, 07:40 PM
Damn, Jim. You do nice work!

SmokyOkie
05-27-2010, 08:20 PM
Hey man, where ya been?

Good to see ya.

How does it burn with the intakes on the sides of the firebox? Do you mainly use the one on the end?

I have seen a lot of units where the air has to take a 90 turn to go to the oven. Most of them would benefit from a straight line intake.

jerry516planes
05-27-2010, 09:08 PM
Glad to see you are back at it! My pit is going in for paint next Tuesday.

Good job!

Jim_K
05-27-2010, 11:48 PM
Thanks Joneser, I try do the best I can with what little tools I have to work with.


SmokyOkie I had to put the smoker build on hold for a while, but im about ready to go full bore after this weekends cook!


Q#2
It burns just fine, the bottom of the holes are slightly above firebox grate level. I use them all, it depends on the wind direction on the ones I use. A small bed of coals and 2 arm size splits an hour with the intakes open about 1/8 to 1/4 keeps me around the 230 mark on the 250 gal pit. A lot less if I smoke on the small upright tank.

Q#3
Yes thats why I designed mine like this. For the smaller cooks I can shut off the big tank and just open the damper on the small one and cook away.

jerry516planes I wish mine was ready for paint! I hope it wont be too much longer but I have a lot left to do!

jerry516planes
06-04-2010, 05:14 AM
So how are you doing? Any more pics? :tap:

Turn about is fair play:roflmaoha0::roflmaoha0:

Jim_K
06-05-2010, 03:30 PM
Been trying to figure out weight and where to place the axles. So I have not done much this week.

jerry516planes
06-05-2010, 04:36 PM
:roflmaoha0:
Been trying to figure out weight and where to place the axles. So I have not done much this week.

I have not met anyone that likes to build trailers. :tap:

Vermin99
06-05-2010, 04:39 PM
Awesome cooker and thread. Read all 10 pages :thumbs up::thumbs up:

Jim_K
06-10-2010, 06:30 PM
I like to build trailers :thumbs up: Its all fun to me!!
Thanks Vermin99, it is kinda getting to be a long thread:blushing:

Well it's ready to roll now :D on to the next step!

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_1767.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_1768.jpg

jerry516planes
06-11-2010, 09:51 AM
Good Job!

Looks like I had better build a new trailer to keep up with the Jones's.

:thumbs up:

GaryleeDaniels
06-11-2010, 09:18 PM
:wow: you are doing a great job building your smoker. when you a done you will have something to be proud of and to share the building experience with your son is even better.:thumbs up::thumbs up::thumbs up:

Jim_K
06-27-2010, 10:02 AM
Thanks all for the complements.

Its time to work on the 120 gal Grill, I have all my cuts on the tank done and welded on the trailer. The door is welded on and the small braces are going to be replaced later. The endcaps have access on both sides for cleanout and to be able to fill the charcoal trays with fuel. I also plan to make the grill grates pull out so I can have acess that way too. I also want to have 2 piece grates that can be cranked up and down 9"-10" travel (we will see how this goes). I will be cooking from the trailer tongue, I plan on making some removable sides to add to the tongue for a good platform when cooking.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_1854.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/Jim_k/Smoker/IMG_1855.jpg

jerry516planes
06-27-2010, 11:16 AM
Boy! You build it big. Nice job!

Jim_K
06-29-2010, 09:47 PM
Boy! You build it big. Nice job!
You know what they say Go Big Or Go Home!
Im just trying to build it to last and not worry about upgrading to a larger unit later.
I will probably do a small unit like a stumps for home use one of these days.

notbobvilla
07-08-2010, 10:20 PM
Thank you so much for sharing your build. Your building a wonderful unit.