My Center Feed Smoker Build

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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Weyrider » January 3rd, 2018, 3:19 pm

RC.
After some thought I see what you are talking about, I can get scrap 3/16 cut to fit the one side and slide the big piece to any position I want to. I have 4" on either side to play with. That being said I will get a 14" * 4" of 3/16 and see how that works as well. Also get a 14" * 6" of the same stuff and then I will have 4 options to play with. I like your idea of tuning plates too, as you can see I have set the plates up in a 2" increments to test the smoker. that way if I have a spot that gets it done, I will have only one more plate to build. I see that I will have 1" increments to play with with 3 plates on either side and quite possibly may just buy some angle iron and weld from bell to bell and use a sliding baffle plate system. And since I have a shadow plate that would allow me access to get to it in case I may need to adjust that as well. :-c :-c \m/


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Rodcrafter » January 4th, 2018, 7:41 am

Having read that last post, you will need to put a damn around your throat opening to keep drippings from getting into the fire, it could cause a grease fire. Those can be a real pain.

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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Weyrider » January 4th, 2018, 10:11 am

Yes I agree with the dam business :-bd That would be in the plans.


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by temurf » January 8th, 2018, 11:30 am

:LG:
I really like the concept of the center feed reverse flow.
Looking forward to the finished product.
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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Weyrider » January 18th, 2018, 11:02 am

Ok, I haven't worked on the smoker for awhile, Dentists, Doctors, sub zero weather etc etc. Yesterday I went and continued to work on my fire box and framed around the door so I can insulate the door later on. I started to build a charcoal basket and got it framed out and the bottom grate in. I am going to place it up high from the floor so I can build an ash basket to collect the ash and try to keep it clean and allow the intake air a direct flow to the charcoal basket. I welded rods onto my intake plates and tried to weld horseshoes onto the rods but they didn't look like I wanted them to so I cut them off. Now to find something that will look good for the handles. If any of you have any suggestions feel free to chime in. I have a couple of ideas floating around in my head. So here are some pics.
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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Weyrider » January 18th, 2018, 5:58 pm

Finished my Charcoal basket, a lot of cutting and fitting.
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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Big T » January 18th, 2018, 6:27 pm

:LG:


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by ajfoxy » January 18th, 2018, 11:07 pm

Nice, very well done indeed.


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Post by Squiggle » January 19th, 2018, 8:08 pm

:LG:


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Rodcrafter » January 20th, 2018, 12:03 am

It will all be worth the trouble.


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Frank_Cox » January 20th, 2018, 7:56 pm

:LG:
Man it's coming together nicely! You are gonna love it!
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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Weyrider » January 24th, 2018, 6:28 pm

Well got quite a bit done on my build today, 1) got the firebox door attached to the firebox, I designed the hinges and had them cut, opens up the door real wide, which I like. 2) I got the firebox welded to the Cooking Chamber, that was an Interesting feat for a rookie welder. 3) I got the wheels welded to the bottom half of the frame. 4) Started to frame the doors for the cooking chamber. It was a good day. :welder:
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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Smurf » January 24th, 2018, 6:49 pm

:kewl:



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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by ajfoxy » January 24th, 2018, 7:47 pm

Looking good.


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Big T » January 24th, 2018, 8:14 pm

:LG:


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by The Czar » January 25th, 2018, 7:59 am

That’s looking pretty cool!


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Weyrider » January 26th, 2018, 12:39 pm

Yesterday kind of bummed me out a bit, I forgot my drill bits at home and wasn't about to drive 26 miles just to get them. So I had my exhaust inserts expanded to fit the chrome exhaust stacks that I cut down from old Harley mufflers. I also found some old foot pegs to use as handles for my intakes on the firebox. I tacked the inserts into the cooking chamber and fitted the mufflers onto the inserts. They are really nice and snug, so that's good. I am also planning to build a storage rack of some kind to place my thermometers on when I get them. They will be routed through the top bung holes on each end of the CC.
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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Big T » January 26th, 2018, 10:17 pm

Nice work :kewl:


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Rodcrafter » January 30th, 2018, 6:33 pm

Coming along nicely!


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Weyrider » January 31st, 2018, 7:42 pm

Ok, yesterday I got the doors framed and welded to the cooking chamber. Today I spent most of my time working on the exhaust. I am going with two pipes just for grins and giggles. Maybe I should have went with just one, as drilling 3/8 bolts to fit my exhaust and to make the butterflies work was just a hassle. I was going to try to run a bolt straight through both mufflers and run the butterflies by a connector nut with a wrench as my lever. Now I see I cant do it that way as the connector nut just wont work. I made the exhausts work separately and am going to bend some old wrenches to fit the double nutted bolts that I have set up. Ended up busting two more drill bits in the process. I didn't take a picture of the exhaust, as they are not done yet. I also started to tack the top half of the frame after I found I had made a big mistake and to cut up the old one and start over. What a rookie. But now I am learning the build process and build progression. But I can see the progress that I am making and that's a good sign.
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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Big T » January 31st, 2018, 8:34 pm

:kewl: We all learn as we go, some more than others. lol


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Dirtytires » January 31st, 2018, 11:05 pm

Take your time, it will get done when it's ready.

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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by ajfoxy » February 1st, 2018, 2:10 am

Without mistakes we don't learn... however it is generally less drama to learn from someone else's mistake =))


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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Weyrider » February 1st, 2018, 7:47 pm

Just kicked back and thought on how to get my doors closed. Working at the farmers shop they have a lot of surplus steel parts to use. So we decided to take a couple of potato chains off a beet lifter that were worn out and used them to fabricate my door handles and locking mechanism.
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Re: My Center Feed Smoker Build

Post by Big T » February 1st, 2018, 8:06 pm

Nice!!


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