Finally pulled the trigger!

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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Squiggle » May 13th, 2016, 2:06 am

Hahaha, first of all the wheelbarrow is plastic & that rain fell overnight, I always empty it after a good rain. :kewl:

Yeah this is standard on all steel tube, square or round, in Australia. It's either painted or gal to prevent rust & I do have to grind it off before welding. I've tried to weld it before without cleaning it off & until the paint burns off it won't take. I even have to clean a bit off in the middle to get a good earth. :welder:

I definitely need to be committed, at least that's what my missus says. =))


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Post by Rodcrafter » May 13th, 2016, 9:18 am

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Post by Dirtytires » May 13th, 2016, 10:46 pm

Very interesting. I refuse to use painted or rusted second-hand steel caus I'm too lazy to grind it off first. Figure my time factored in to clean it pays for the new steel.

Bummer you don't have a choice. On the flip side, I have purchased new steel and had light surface rust on it. You wouldn't have that issue.



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Post by Squiggle » May 14th, 2016, 7:44 am

Yeah new sheets are usually black(bare) & you can get black expanded, angle or rods, just how it is I guess. :kewl:


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Post by Squiggle » May 29th, 2016, 2:17 am

Got some more work done today, ready to skin the inside, then install the FB & finish the frame. :beer: :wsm:

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Post by ajfoxy » May 29th, 2016, 4:30 am

:beer: Looking good. Do like your al fresco workbench.


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Post by Squiggle » May 29th, 2016, 5:13 am

:kewl:


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Post by Squiggle » June 3rd, 2016, 2:11 am

I have some spare 3" stainless pipe(in the background of the above pic) & I was wondering(forget the welding problem as I have a tig) if using that for the stack will be ok? I also have some 3mm SS lying around so I can make the stack damper out of it too. :welder:


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Post by Pete Mazz » June 3rd, 2016, 3:12 am

Not a problem in a vertical.


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Post by Squiggle » June 6th, 2016, 7:05 am

Despite the weather I managed to get some more work done today. I got some cheap 3mm so I'm using that for the inside skin, will still use 1.6mm for the outside skin though, & with using 10mm for chute & ash box instead of 6mm, this is going to be one heavy sucker! :beer:

Oh yeah, had to down tools cause I ran out of argon. :hissy:

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Post by Squiggle » June 6th, 2016, 7:16 am

Also, is there any specific distance you should leave above the transfer tube to the bottom rack? I have got 450mm (18in) from the tube to the top of the smoker & I was hoping to get four racks in, leave 50mm (2in) at the bottom & then a rack every 100mm (4in) & I'll get my four racks & 100mm (4in) left at the top, does that sound doable?


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Post by Squiggle » June 8th, 2016, 4:52 am

Got the frame finished today, yay! :strongbad:

But I ran out of wire, boooo! :hissy:

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Post by ajfoxy » June 8th, 2016, 4:56 am

Looking the goods there mate... very swish. :beer:

Definitely think you need to put wheels on that thing... it even looks heavy from here :D

Are you using mig or tig?


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Post by Squiggle » June 8th, 2016, 5:14 am

Yeah, I almost bust a nut lifting it just to rotate it on the table. :exp:

I have been using both, mig for the bulk stuff & tig for all the more visible stuff, I've also used arc to put the FB unit together. What are you using? :welder:
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Post by Stewart » June 8th, 2016, 6:19 am

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Post by ajfoxy » June 9th, 2016, 4:38 pm

Squiggle wrote:Yeah, I almost bust a nut lifting it just to rotate it on the table. :exp:

I have been using both, mig for the bulk stuff & tig for all the more visible stuff, I've also used arc to put the FB unit together. What are you using? :welder:
Mig... had to purchase a larger unit, the old hobby welder started wheezing when I showed it the firebox. I'll probably use oxy/accet for brazing the edges to make a neater finish on the sheet. Tig is on the wishlist... problem is family is not biting. :D


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Post by Squiggle » June 9th, 2016, 5:18 pm

Hahaha, I know what you mean dude, I traded off some of my fish tanks to my missus for her fish so I could buy my unit. :beer:

You should be able to MIG the sheet stuff & then grind it back to make it nice, shiny & neat, that's what I have been doing to most of the mig joints. :kewl:


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Post by Squiggle » June 15th, 2016, 4:47 pm

Got the front piece, bottom & back panels in today. Next will be the wheels, top panel & stack, & the grease drain & bottom skin. :beer:

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Post by ajfoxy » June 15th, 2016, 5:27 pm

Looking good :LG:
I see you are also a very good grinder like me... removes evidence of large gorilla welds. :bigfoot:

P.S. You need to put wheels on that thing. Just now you bust your poopstrings and your head falls through your backside. :D


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:LG:


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Post by Squiggle » June 15th, 2016, 6:29 pm

ajfoxy wrote:Looking good :LG:
I see you are also a very good grinder like me... removes evidence of large gorilla welds. :bigfoot:

P.S. You need to put wheels on that thing. Just now you bust your poopstrings and your head falls through your backside. :D
Hahaha, I am very good with the grinder & hiding the bird crap welds. :kewl:

Wheels & a shelf are definitely next on the list as I have almost busted a valve or two lifting it. =))


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Post by Squiggle » June 18th, 2016, 1:17 am

So I got a little more work done today, I can almost start to smell the Q.

Put the top inner panel on & the stack

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Put the legs & the grease drain in, just waiting on the castors now.

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Started putting the insulation in between the panels

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& last is just a cool shot from a different angle. :beer:

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Re: Finally pulled the trigger!

Post by Rodcrafter » June 18th, 2016, 9:07 am

Some folks tack some expanded metal across the insulation in the gap where the hopper is to hold it in place. I bet you're getting excited.

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Post by Squiggle » June 18th, 2016, 7:24 pm

Yeah I've got some 16 gauge off cuts I'm going to use. :beer:


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Post by Big T » June 18th, 2016, 10:12 pm

It won't be long now :kewl:


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