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Post by Mgraves » March 23rd, 2018, 11:25 am

This is my first time posting on smoker builders.

I am an Ag teacher in the great state of mo. I run the metal construction shop at the school. So I have had the joy of building all kinds of projects Trailers, fire pits, bbq grills, smokers, benches, ect. I have built two of Frank Cox's designs and working on my third. The first build was reverse flow smoker, 40" di. with offset fire box, custom warmer, on custom axles/trailer. (which raise and lowers the whole smoker for towing or for smoking). The second build was a custom 40" DIAMETER SANTA MARIA BBQ GRILL/ trailer. The third smoker is a dp gf smoker, which I am trying to document.
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Reverse Flow smoker custom axles, Warm holds 14 banquet pans.
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We love to cook pork burgers on this monster. Holds about 50 at a time. The custom shelf is great for prep and two roasters.
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Post by Big T » March 23rd, 2018, 8:59 pm

Welcome aboard!! Those are some sweet builds! You can't go wrong with Franks designs, that's for sure.


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Post by Frank_Cox » March 23rd, 2018, 9:59 pm

Awesome! Welcome aboard!


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Post by Pete Mazz » March 24th, 2018, 3:57 am

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Post by YTQBBQINC » March 24th, 2018, 8:28 am

Welcome! Nice build!


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Post by Rodcrafter » March 24th, 2018, 10:05 am

Welcome to the crew!

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Re: New to smoker Builder.

Post by Mgraves » March 24th, 2018, 1:10 pm

The big trailer pulls pretty hard. Max speed about 35mph. Small pulls easy also max speed about 35mph. Both trailer smoker/grill design this away on purpose to keep the close to home. Both of these smoker/ grill belong to the FFA chapter used for fundraising. However other organizations like to use our cool toys. So buildings them to go slow and pull hard, keeps them with in a couple miles of home.



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Post by ajfoxy » April 2nd, 2018, 6:22 pm

Welcome. Nice builds. Good work.


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Re: New to smoker Builder.

Post by Dirtytires » April 4th, 2018, 10:13 pm

Out of curiosity, what do you mean by “it pulls hard?”



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Post by Rodcrafter » April 5th, 2018, 6:11 am

I wanted to ask the same thing DT


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Post by Dirtytires » April 5th, 2018, 11:22 am

Rodcrafter wrote:I wanted to ask the same thing DT
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Re: New to smoker Builder.

Post by freebirds4x4 » April 5th, 2018, 12:20 pm

How did you go about making the trailer elevate?? I’m interested in trying to make that a trailer mod. I personally think that’s cool. Can you post pics or a YouTube video of this operation


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Post by Mgraves » April 6th, 2018, 7:02 pm

Dirtytires wrote:Out of curiosity, what do you mean by “it pulls hard?”
I have not put the big reverse smoker on the scales but she is heavy. I built it with a lot of tongue weight. There is no suspension. Once again done on purpose, don’t want this smoker going very far from home. So with the combination of the heavy trailer, heavy tongue weight, and no suspension. The trailer pulls or pushes back. The trail doesn't swing. It has electric brakes, just never hooked up, this would help with the push. Tires are on the narrow side being on about 4' apart on center. This was done to keep tires out of the way. When cooking I hate tripping over tires. This rig was never meant to go very fast, the rig has never been more than a mile from home. That being said, I have never taken it over 35mph. I would not recommend, this set-up to be pulled down a highway. If took the smoker more than a mile from home, it would ride on another trailer.
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Re: New to smoker Builder.

Post by Mgraves » April 6th, 2018, 7:18 pm

freebirds4x4 wrote:How did you go about making the trailer elevate?? I’m interested in trying to make that a trailer mod. I personally think that’s cool. Can you post pics or a YouTube video of this operation


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I will work on a video. These are some old pic during fabrication. The long arm gets pinned or unpinned to lock it in travel or up. I get three people to help. Jacks on three points. Two jacks on fire box and one jack on tongue. Lift and lower at the same time. The axle swings from a point 10” (maybe) above axles. Tires roll forward getting away from heat of fire box. I would not recommend, this set-up to be pulled down a highway. Just to move around campus, or up to town square (1/8) mile fair grounds ( 3/4 mile).
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Re: New to smoker Builder.

Post by Mgraves » April 6th, 2018, 7:20 pm

Mgraves wrote:
freebirds4x4 wrote:How did you go about making the trailer elevate?? I’m interested in trying to make that a trailer mod. I personally think that’s cool. Can you post pics or a YouTube video of this operation


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I will work on a video. These are some old pic during fabrication. The long arm gets pinned or unpinned to lock it in travel or up. I get three people to help. Jacks on three points. Two jacks on fire box and one jack on tongue. Lift and lower at the same time. The axle swings from a point 10” (maybe) above axles. Tires roll forward getting away from heat of fire box.


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