First time builder. 20"x40" ish.

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Re: First time builder. 20

Post by Pete Mazz » March 27th, 2018, 5:48 am

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Re: First time builder. 20

Post by Dirtytires » March 27th, 2018, 12:05 pm

Great build. The paint will change color as it goes thru heat cycles and weathers a bit. Nobody will notice.

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Great build...what you going to cook first?



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Re: First time builder. 20

Post by Big T » March 27th, 2018, 7:41 pm

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Re: First time builder. 20

Post by cjohnson28 » April 2nd, 2018, 8:51 pm

Looks Great, Great job



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Re: First time builder. 20"x40" ish.

Post by 12ring » May 7th, 2018, 5:28 pm

Finally got some food cooked on it. It came out great but I’m have big temperature differences from one side of the grate to the other. When I did a test run there was only 50° difference. When I put meat on it I’m getting over 100° from one side to the other difference. I really don’t understand it. At times it’s 130°.


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Re: First time builder. 20

Post by Big T » May 7th, 2018, 8:09 pm

You could cut some tuning plates from 1/4'' plate about 6'' wide and long enough to reach across the CC just above the throat. I would put one right above the throat, tight against the end of the CC, leave about 1/2''-3/4'' gap and put another one, about 3/4''-1'' and then another plate. Normally you would build a system to support them and lock them down once you get the tune that you like but since this is a patio cooker you could probably get by with sitting them in there.
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Re: First time builder. 20"x40" ish.

Post by Rodcrafter » May 7th, 2018, 8:57 pm

I would try some different fire tests too. It’s interesting how a small fire with just enough air entering the FB to keep it burning clean can change everything. It seems like you have a lot of air moving through the CC. I would try several burns to learn how to control this rascal.


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Re: First time builder. 20

Post by Dirtytires » May 8th, 2018, 11:35 pm

A standard offset is always going to be hotter on thefirebox side. I never was able to use the rack within 12 inches of the firebox on my old unit. I was able to play with baffle plates and a few firebrick to block some heat but spent a lot of time rotating meat to compensate for the temp swing.



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Re: First time builder. 20

Post by Tipps » May 24th, 2018, 2:10 am

Nice build man. What diameter pipe is your stack?



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Re: First time builder. 20"x40" ish.

Post by 12ring » June 28th, 2018, 1:19 pm

Tipps wrote:Nice build man. What diameter pipe is your stack?
Sorry I’m so late to respond. I used 4” diameter pipe at 30” in length.


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Re: First time builder. 20"x40" ish.

Post by 12ring » July 1st, 2018, 3:08 pm

I put some tuning plates in today. So far I’m getting 12° to24° difference. I’m very happy with that.

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Re: First time builder. 20

Post by Big T » July 1st, 2018, 4:00 pm

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Re: First time builder. 20

Post by Rodcrafter » July 2nd, 2018, 6:11 am

That will work nice.

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