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Working on my smoker again!

Post by Pete Mazz » January 19th, 2016, 7:06 pm

After almost 3 years of procrastination I'm back at it. I made a trip to my metal guy and got new 14 g steel interior skins sheared. These are a lot easier to weld than stainless. Did I mention I suck at welding?

Anyhow, I got the interior finished with the rails and drip edges.
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Now if I can only keep it going this time....
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Post by mp4 » January 19th, 2016, 7:24 pm

AWESOME!!!



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Post by Rodcrafter » January 19th, 2016, 8:39 pm

You can do it, I bet that SS kicked your butt so bad you didn't want to do it again. But this is looking great.


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Post by Squiggle » January 19th, 2016, 9:55 pm

:LG:


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Post by Pete Mazz » January 20th, 2016, 4:59 am

Thanks guys!

Yea, that SS is a pain. I'm still fearing what will happen when I skin the exterior with it. If it warps as badly as the inside did I'm going to shoot myself.

For those (all) who don't remember...

I'm building a vertical SS gasser.

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It'll be set up like a hand truck. Wheels on one side with a handle.
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Kick ass thermometer.
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High output burner.
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This is (hopefully) going to be my pizza oven as well. I have two 3/8" thick SS plates that I'll use that will form the quasi oven.

I'll also use it to cold smoke using a small electric hotplate placed in the bottom.
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Post by Baker76 » January 20th, 2016, 5:45 am

Cool!

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Post by Pete Mazz » January 22nd, 2016, 5:46 am

Got most of the outer skins on yesterday, as well as the door. So far, so good. Tried some stitch welding on the outside corners. Went OK, but will need more grinding wheels....

Even this little smoker is getting heavy! I'll have to fix one corner that took a hit when it dropped from the cart I had it on.

No work for a few days as we're getting a foot or more of snow Saturday and my back already hurts from welding and grinding.


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Post by Rodcrafter » January 22nd, 2016, 6:45 am

:beer:

Keep up the good work. Did you insulate it or, are you letting the air gap do it for you?


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Post by Pete Mazz » January 22nd, 2016, 7:06 am

Just an air gap. I actually like that the top of the smoker stays warm. I use it as a warming/serving area.


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Post by Rodcrafter » January 22nd, 2016, 7:09 am

Yep, that's cool or should I say warm. lol


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Post by Pete Mazz » January 26th, 2016, 6:13 pm

I got the outsides skinned. The wheels are on. The burner is mounted and the igniter is ready to be installed. The wood skillet bolts are in too.
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Another round of stitching and grinding and I'll be ready to mount the door and side handle.
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Post by Rodcrafter » January 26th, 2016, 6:22 pm

This will be ready in plenty of time for the Gathering. Keep up the good work Pete.


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Re: Working on my smoker again!

Post by Pete Mazz » January 26th, 2016, 7:12 pm

what's the best way to clean up around the inside welds?


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Re: Working on my smoker again!

Post by Ranjer59 » January 26th, 2016, 7:55 pm

Clean up the inside welds? angle grinder with flexible pad or just cook in it as normal- a few good smokes and you won't notice them much. Looking good sir.



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Post by Rodcrafter » January 26th, 2016, 9:40 pm

I use a lot of spatter shield in hard to get to places before I weld there. The dingle berries don't stick then I just need to make a pretty good weld and leave it alone. Most of my welds are on the outside seams so I get a good strong weld.

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Post by Squiggle » January 26th, 2016, 9:52 pm

:yth: spatter shield is my friend too! :welder:


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Post by Pete Mazz » January 27th, 2016, 4:32 am

I'm talking about the dark brown areas around the welds. Look at the drip edge on the back wall of the smoker. Is this something to not be concerned with before seasoning?


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Post by Rodcrafter » January 27th, 2016, 6:58 am

I would just leave it alone the seasoning will be just fine.


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Post by Pete Mazz » January 27th, 2016, 7:19 pm

Rodcrafter wrote:I would just leave it alone the seasoning will be just fine.
I hope you're right. You may be the first one eating food from it! :grillin:


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Post by Rodcrafter » January 28th, 2016, 7:55 am

Well we will burn it hot for a while then I'll be ready. :beer:


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Post by Pete Mazz » January 28th, 2016, 5:57 pm

Got the door hung today, along with more welding and grinding. Made a trip to Harbor Freight for more grinding wheels too. After I install the latch tomorrow I'll take some more pics.


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Post by Pete Mazz » January 30th, 2016, 5:02 am

Try this again. Last nights post magically disappeared.

Here's a close up of the burner and the adjustable bolts for the skillet.
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Here's the latch mechanism. A 1/2" ss rod with a washer that has been cut on one side which engages an angle bracket. I also installed a drip edge on the back of the door. The gasket material I ordered should be here soon.
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And here's the (almost) finished smoker with the side handle and thermo installed.
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I still have to install the ss piano hinge for the exhaust vent cover as well as clean it up some.

I'm bringing in a tank of gas today to see what she'll do.
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Post by Squiggle » January 30th, 2016, 5:31 am

:LG: awesome work dude, the burner setup is very cool.


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Post by Rodcrafter » January 30th, 2016, 8:25 am

Heck yeah, do you adjust the skillet or is that for until you get it the way you want it? When get started you really get going.

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Post by Pete Mazz » January 30th, 2016, 2:00 pm

I set it for a 1" gap but since I'm using a high output burner it may need to be set higher.

I got the igniter installed today as well as some more grinding and sanding. Hooked up the gas and fired her up. Got it up to 500 degrees and let her cool off. No pops so far.... :kewl:

Haven't got the gasket material yet. Frank must have sent it Pony Express. :-h


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