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Re: Wood burning stove style reverse flow smoker.

Post by Big T » March 3rd, 2019, 1:10 am

:yth: Just hang in there with it, we all have set backs at some point.


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Post by SouthamptonSmoker » March 3rd, 2019, 2:23 pm

So turns out, it may have been easier to put the holes in first lol.

I was concerned about the plates being cut by hand, with a grinder, so I thought I would weld it to a box, squared off and then I will have a square datum to work from.

This would have been fine, if my mag drill was up to the job. The clutch just slipped with the 4" hole saw. Rather than have a look a the clutch, I opted for sticking it in the mill. Which had its own problems. End it up canting the head over to 90 to get her done.

It is not so easy putting a big hole in 15mm plate.

None the less. I have the door notch.

2 more key notches to do, the air intake, and the riser notch. Few pictures of progress below:
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Re: Wood burning stove style reverse flow smoker.

Post by towtruck » March 3rd, 2019, 2:32 pm

Nice! I see the helpers are getting their whacks in.....



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Re: Wood burning stove style reverse flow smoker.

Post by pr0wlunwoof » March 3rd, 2019, 2:58 pm

Your gonna need a fork lift to move that sucker. Looking good though. Cant wait to see the final product.

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Re: Wood burning stove style reverse flow smoker.

Post by Weldun » March 3rd, 2019, 6:53 pm

Looks like some awesome help you got there, miss those days for sure!


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Re: Wood burning stove style reverse flow smoker.

Post by mp4 » March 4th, 2019, 4:57 am

I'm glad to see an update. I was just wondering how it was going...I especially like seeing your little helpers geared up!



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Re: Wood burning stove style reverse flow smoker.

Post by SouthamptonSmoker » March 4th, 2019, 2:28 pm

Not sure I could get it done without there help :)

I also am happy to delay the final thing, when the reason, is the money is being spent very well elsewhere.

Got some more done today, not working to a drawing, and making it up as I go along. Used to build like this all the time, it is fun, and gets stuff done quicky. Even if you do realise, it may have been better to do it this way around.


Got all the notches in now. The air in take is as per the calculators. It is intentially offset to one side, so I can have a sliding type, and needed space to loose the plate when the baffle was wide open.


As this firebox only takws up half the space. I will need a frame to come out so that it is support. I thought add a couple scaffold planks on the top, so i can have a small side table. Also useful for setting my electric griddle on, when i want to make burgers (burgers must be griddle, on flat top - thats a fact lol)


Few pictures below of progress. Should be a couple of weekend job i feel.
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Re: Wood burning stove style reverse flow smoker.

Post by SouthamptonSmoker » March 4th, 2019, 2:30 pm

Few pictures of a table I made from scrap at work. I work for and oil and gas company, the feet is massive pipe clamp of a spool.

This is what I mean by scaffold planks for the top. This is what I used here.
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Re: Wood burning stove style reverse flow smoker.

Post by ajfoxy » March 4th, 2019, 3:57 pm

Nice table. Would not be moving that to vacuum the carpet though.
That 15mm thick firebox must have been a real challenge to get up and around your mill table.
Perhaps with the mag drill and 15mm plate a few strategically drilled smaller holes on the perimeter of the holes might have made it a tad easier on it. Then again it was probably one too many visits to thick material with a large cutter for the clutch and it decided to take industrial action.


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Re: Wood burning stove style reverse flow smoker.

Post by SouthamptonSmoker » March 9th, 2019, 1:10 pm

Spent the day working on the air intake damper. Took a long longer than I had hoped, milled a pocket out of some 10mm plate. There is a 5mm plate that slides inside.

Used an old water main stop cock for a handle, with a brass spacer.

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Re: Wood burning stove style reverse flow smoker.

Post by towtruck » March 9th, 2019, 7:08 pm

Nice, you'll be able to sweep the ashes right out the door.



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Post by SouthamptonSmoker » March 10th, 2019, 12:56 pm

Worked on the door today. Cut it out of 15mm road plate, and squared it of on the mill.

I notched some box section to fill the gap to allow the hinges to fit. I was going to cap them of, but I think it looks quite good open still. They are only tacked on so I can get a feel for it.

I intend to get the door latch finished next weekend, which will be driven of the ships wheel. Then I am going to weld everything.

After that it will be working on the frame work support and table top. So I can actually bolt it to the frame. I think I got about another 4 weekends of work to get her going.

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Post by SouthamptonSmoker » March 10th, 2019, 1:21 pm

Thanks, amazing what you can cobble together out of scrap.

I have borrowed a few parts I already bought for the new bbq, such as the hinges, but so far in, not spent a penny



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Re: Wood burning stove style reverse flow smoker.

Post by towtruck » March 10th, 2019, 6:18 pm

SouthamptonSmoker wrote:
March 10th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Thanks, amazing what you can cobble together out of scrap.

I have borrowed a few parts I already bought for the new bbq, such as the hinges, but so far in, not spent a penny
While not at your level by any means I love to take scrap and make something out of it. Anyone can work with new stuff and use all the fancy tools to get it done. Making something from nothing with nothing is a challenge that I love.



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Re: Wood burning stove style reverse flow smoker.

Post by SouthamptonSmoker » March 16th, 2019, 12:29 pm

Got the ships wheel on today, the latch, needs some more work, rounding the edges off to neaten it up. Also needs a couple stops for when it is on the locked position and when it is unlocked.

I decided to keep it simple and just have a rotating latch, when at the correct angle, it squeezes through the diagonal gap. I was going to make some linkages and have the latch slide, but felt that would take all weekend, and I am keen to get this smoking. It clamps down tight on the seal.

Few pictures below. Getting near to welding it out, then on to the frame.
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Re: Wood burning stove style reverse flow smoker.

Post by Big T » March 16th, 2019, 9:11 pm

:yth:


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Post by SouthamptonSmoker » March 17th, 2019, 1:12 pm

Made a couple of stops for the latch, out of some brass bar. Then I moved onto the task which I have been putting off.

Welding the plates out and grinding a radius. I am putting stringers down, as my welder wouldn't be powerful enough to wash a weld in there. I plan to go back over with the Tig after, and fill any little holes and blend in again.

This might take some time. Few pictures below.
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Re: Wood burning stove style reverse flow smoker.

Post by ajfoxy » March 19th, 2019, 3:59 am

Very nice... :kewl:


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Re: Wood burning stove style reverse flow smoker.

Post by SouthamptonSmoker » April 6th, 2019, 10:50 am

Spent the last two weeks welding and grinding. Before I built the frame, in case I need to change anything, I fashioned it up today and tested it.

I am really pleased with it. Heats up almost instantly, holds temperature, responds well to the damper. So much easier than what I had been doing.

Put the wood in, and job done.

Now just need to progress with getting it done.

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Post by SouthamptonSmoker » April 6th, 2019, 10:58 am

Pictures below showing the temp probes, at this time they where exactly the same across the smoke chamber. The iGrill still how about a 15 degree offset throughout - and the right probe usually sat fractionally higher, but by they probes it looked almost the same.
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Re: Wood burning stove style reverse flow smoker.

Post by towtruck » April 6th, 2019, 12:49 pm

Very nice...good work! You are going to be using that smoker for a long time. I can't wait to see it all finished, but this temporary fix is going to be nice to use.



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