Smokin' Johnny

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Smokin' Johnny

Post by Gizmo » September 23rd, 2012, 5:03 pm

Some of you may remember a photo I posted of this tank and a couple discs from last spring. It's a 100# propane tank I talked the father-in-law out of and sandblasted and there it sat in the corner of the shop. I never could get the math to work as a vertical so I changed direction. Here's my first theme build... see if you recognize it when it gets a little further along.

Measured and marked all the cuts for my buddy with the plasma cutter ...

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Welded an end plate on (ugly - but effective) ...
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Bolted on an 055 drive unit from the easybake twins project to help with fitting ... and added a couple BP short rails ...
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Installed a hot plate ...
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First section of the removable baffle plate ...
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Second section of the removable baffle plate ...
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Welded an extra rod under 2 Junior grates and cut them off to fit in the new tank ...
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Grate completed ...
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Re: Smokin' Johnny

Post by Smokeone » September 23rd, 2012, 6:33 pm

Nice Rick! :kewl:
You have a knack for coming up with these new and different builds! Me likes! :ymapplause:


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Post by Gizmo » September 23rd, 2012, 7:14 pm

Thanks S1 - I hope me likes too ... time will tell ...


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Re: Smokin' Johnny

Post by Tom_Heath » September 23rd, 2012, 7:50 pm

Well, I have come to a conclusion here.

Rick.........U-Suck


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Very nice build sir.


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Post by Gizmo » September 23rd, 2012, 8:09 pm

Building stuff is my only path to sanity ... :-S ~X( 8-}


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Post by shskr » September 23rd, 2012, 9:30 pm

That's a great start, waiting for the next few pictures.

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Post by Tom_Heath » September 23rd, 2012, 9:35 pm

After reviewing the pics again,,,,, I am still on the same page Rick.


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Re: Smokin' Johnny

Post by maccas66 » September 24th, 2012, 5:20 am

Smoker Tom wrote:After reviewing the pics again,,,,, I am still on the same page Rick.


LOL
Yeah well I think I`m on the next page with this one!...............Nope!, I`m still on the same page! :?


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Post by TuscaloosaQ » September 24th, 2012, 6:07 am

WoW I am liking what i see even in the initial stages, there is no doubt.... Ricks got talent!!!!! it is going to be nice to follow this build :LG: :LG:


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Post by Frank_Cox » September 24th, 2012, 7:00 am

Awesome! My interest is peaked!

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Post by Gizmo » September 24th, 2012, 7:07 am

Thanks guys - this should get interesting over the next 2 or 3 weeks ... :D


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Re: Smokin' Johnny

Post by Rodcrafter » September 24th, 2012, 12:34 pm

:LG:

What is this, I must have missed something?

"Bolted on an 055 drive unit from the easybake twins project to help with fitting"

I like how you are allowing the smoke to come in on the sides, since the grates are so close to the BP. Nice job!


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Post by Gizmo » September 24th, 2012, 6:27 pm

Sorry Rodcrafter - an 055 is the model number for a Traeger Junior - their smallest and lowest priced unit and this is the pellet drive off of one of those models that will be going into a totally unrelated build I call the EasyBake Twins (different thread - stay tuned).

Until I got it cut and bolted in I didn't realize how little height I had to work with - anyway this should work about the same as the original - we'll see ...

Sort of an end-fed RF/UDS contraption ... if it were a dog it would be a mongrel :D


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Post by maccas66 » September 25th, 2012, 3:18 am

AH Bugger!, so it`s not going to be a GEE-BEE Racer then!!! :wtf: ..................................... :D




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Post by Gizmo » September 25th, 2012, 5:51 am

Those Bee Gee racers are so ugly they're cute! :D


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Post by Gizmo » September 25th, 2012, 6:35 am

Welded an angle iron tab in the back of the cook chamber about midway...
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Mounted the probe to it....
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Cut and installed a piece of 5/16" brake line to protect the wire from accidents ...
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Completed probe mount ...
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Now I just need a small cover to dress up the outside and finish the trip to the drive unit ...
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Post by Frank_Cox » September 25th, 2012, 9:02 am

Looking good! Can't wait to see it fired up

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Post by Gizmo » September 25th, 2012, 7:46 pm

Don't have much time tonight but I wanted to get at least a little done...
I wish I could remember who to credit with this idea but it's in here somewheres....
Had to use the tank to bend some hoops to use later while the tank is still "rollable"
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Surprisingly easy to do - and barehanded - no hammer needed.... gues that's why they call it mild steel...
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3 total - 1 for the door frame and 2 to hold the tank.
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I wonder if this will work to align the door...
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Well what do you know... it did.... more later :D
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Post by Frank_Cox » September 25th, 2012, 8:19 pm

Looks great!

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Re: Smokin' Johnny

Post by Smokeone » September 26th, 2012, 9:05 am

Looking good, Rick!

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Post by SoloQue » September 26th, 2012, 3:58 pm

Fun to watch ... not a clue what I'm watching but fun none the less. I'm like the kid who realizes he was on a field trip as the class leaves the zoo parking lot. I'm hoping for subtitles or maybe I just wait until its finished and do the thread backwards. :D It aint easy being this dense


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Post by Gizmo » September 26th, 2012, 5:22 pm

Solo we have GOT to split a bucket of Nice tea one of these days...

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Post by Gizmo » September 30th, 2012, 6:18 am

Got some more work done yesterday.....
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Glad the door didn't have a memory at all...
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Handle brackets were a pain - plasma cutter's looking like a better idea all the time....
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That's gonna be an axle...
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And that's an axle too ...
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...but it needs some more camber...
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Starting to look like something now ...
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Can't have a cooker without a guage!
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Post by Smokeone » September 30th, 2012, 8:00 am

I like it! That is gonna be a head turner!

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Re: Smokin' Johnny

Post by TuscaloosaQ » September 30th, 2012, 8:11 am

Dang Rick I am loving that!!!!! I want me and Tyler to build something unique just don't know what yet, very nice work I love it
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