Finally pulled the trigger!

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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Squiggle » March 14th, 2016, 1:30 am

Lol, definitely dude. :kewl:


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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Squiggle » April 15th, 2016, 7:39 am

While I've been busy with other little side distractions I've been slowly chipping away at my mini GF & all the theory work on the conversions & similar sized steel stock & today I started to weld together the fire box. While I was welding the 12mm(1/2in) section I had an idea & thought I'd ask the collective brains trust here & get your opinions. I was thinking about using some 3mm(1/8in) perforated stainless for the firebox grate? I know the plans say to use 3/4 expanded steel but I can't afford a whole sheet for just this little section(can't find anyone with an off cut) & I'm pretty sure the 3mm will be thick enough, but what I want to know is, will the perforated stainless restrict the flow into the cook chamber?

All this thinking is making my head hurt! :exp:


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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Rodcrafter » April 15th, 2016, 8:14 am

The expanded your talking about should be ok. You may want to make it replaceable. I went with the same as the fire grate on mine. It seems much tougher.

Oh and I seem to like heavy.


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Post by Squiggle » April 15th, 2016, 4:40 pm

Awesome, it's the perforated stainless I used as the cooking grate on the little grilled I made yesterday, if it won't restrict the airflow then I'll use it & making it replaceable is a grate idea(see what I did there, lol, I kill me =)) ) now I just have to figure out the best way to do it. :kewl:


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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Rodcrafter » April 15th, 2016, 5:34 pm

Being that it is replaceable, if it does present a problem you can always change it


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Post by Squiggle » April 15th, 2016, 5:56 pm

True, I would hate to try & figure out a way to replace that piece of grate if it was welded in after the thing is finished, total nightmare.


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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Weldun » April 15th, 2016, 9:13 pm

I made mine removable solely based on the inclination that the rest of the mini gf's lifespan will surely out live that 11 gauge expanded metal and given where it's located, I have neither the patience nor vocabulary for such a project. Although not proven since I haven't completed the build yet this is how I did mine.
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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Weldun » April 15th, 2016, 10:18 pm

Oops again


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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Squiggle » April 16th, 2016, 1:13 am

Yeah, I saw that when you posted it, definitely going to borrow that idea. :kewl:


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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Rodcrafter » April 16th, 2016, 2:11 pm

Very cool


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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Stewart » April 17th, 2016, 9:12 am

:yth:



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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Squiggle » April 22nd, 2016, 12:09 am

I finally got some time to start on the FB & after doing the conversions I think it came out pretty nice. I decided to take a leaf out of RC's book & used 10mm(3/8in) plate for everything except the 12mm(1/2in) part & dang it's a heavy bastard already(about 40kg or 80lb). I only decided to use the thicker plate cause the scrap yard didn't have any 6mm(1/4in) & at 70c/kg or 35c/lb the price was right, plus the heat retention might be a bit better & more even(hopefully). I also decided to beef up the FB grate so I would never have to consider having to repair it ever again, I used some 14mm(9/16in) rod & cut shot pieces & welded them vertically in the hole, again taking a leaf out of RC's book(bigger is better! :kewl:). Now I can finally start on the frame as I have reference points to help with the conversion from imperial to metric, WAHOO! :strongbad:
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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by ajfoxy » April 22nd, 2016, 3:19 am

:LG:

mmm I do like the grille thing. I might nick that idea.
I am struggling to find expanded metal around Brisbane. Must admit that I have only asked local steel merchants. Seems like they can get you in a whole sheet, but not a quarter sheet. Anyway nothing serious like a train smash, always a way around.
I too am doing the conversion thing from imperial to metric. Although I am going to build the frame first and whatever that comes to I will bend the inner and outer skin in the finger brake to fit the frame. I don't belive these things are that critical anyway. Well not like a NASA project anyway. I am taking 70 mm off the height anyway as it will then be 1200 exactly... just the right height to fit the width of a sheet. There's a method in my madness.. or a madness in my method... one of the two.
Look forward to watching the rest of your build, I will be following down that road in a week or so.


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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Squiggle » April 22nd, 2016, 3:53 am

Nice dude, check out fabrication places, they might have some off cuts. You could also check out metal recyclers, there's one on Queens road, Kingston called Action Metal Recyclers, I used to dump heap of stuff there from my old work all the time, might be able to help. :kewl:


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Post by Rodcrafter » April 22nd, 2016, 7:26 am

:LG:


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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by ajfoxy » April 22nd, 2016, 4:31 pm

Thanks Squiggle for the heads up on Action Metal Recyclers, I'll cruise past there and see what they have. :kewl:

Still gathering bits and pieces for the build. I'll order the steel for the FB and chute this week from Scotts Metals. Nice people are going to cut the 6mm plate into 1200 x 1000 bits so I don't give myself a hernia getting it onto the plasma table. I'll get them to cut the 12mm plate into the correct size as my Powermax 45 with machine torch is going to struggle to clean cut that nicely.

Anyway, can't wait to see the rest of your build unfold. Although I am going to be building a douple pan beast, the principle is the same, just the dimensions different. So I am learning off your build... don't stop now... :-)


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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Weldun » April 22nd, 2016, 4:37 pm

It's nice to see you finally get to start your build, I'm happy for you bud!


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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Squiggle » April 22nd, 2016, 6:01 pm

Thanks dude, been doing heaps of work & finally seeing results is awesome! :kewl:


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Post by Squiggle » May 11th, 2016, 7:11 am

I had a bit of time in the shed yesterday & was able to get some more work done.

I cut & stuffed some of the frame. I ran out of material as I made a stand for a mate & when he pays me I can get some more.

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Then I welded it together

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This is all I got done on the frame.

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This is the frame I made for my mate, it's to hold his forge, he makes custom knives in his spare time.

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I also made the bottom grate for the FB(thanks to whoever it was for the handle idea :kewl:)

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I drilled the hole for the intake as well(almost blew up my drill, lucky it's only a cheap crappy one, lol)

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& on an unrelated job which I will start another thread for, I started to make a charcoal retort kiln today & here a pic of the burn out of the bottom section(bonus was it kept me warm while I was working as its starting to get cold :hissy:)

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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Rodcrafter » May 11th, 2016, 9:52 am

:LG:


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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by ajfoxy » May 12th, 2016, 2:21 am

:LG:
Gathering ideas from your build for when I start mine. A few home related projects got in the way. But should be back on track next weekend. What steel did you use for your FB grate?

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Post by Squiggle » May 12th, 2016, 3:38 am

It was just some old 1/2" square rod I had lying around, it used to be a gate for the sheep. It's the same stuff I used as the guides for the grate. :beer:


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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Weldun » May 12th, 2016, 5:45 pm

Looking good Squiggle


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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Dirtytires » May 12th, 2016, 8:18 pm

too late to stop now. You are committed to continue.

I'd empty the water from the wheelbarrow first tho.....otherwise you're gonna loose quality smoking time to patch up the rust-thru!



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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Dirtytires » May 12th, 2016, 8:22 pm

On a serious note.....I assume the blue coating on the tubing is for rust prevention. Is this standard on all your steel? Who does it? Do you remove it before welding?

I ask as my steel is oiled and I've never seen blue.



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