Welduns mini build

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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Ramie1936 » May 12th, 2016, 2:33 am

Weldun wrote:I wanted to start a thread that refers to my build rather than my junk pile, so apologies for possibly duplicating some pics that may have been posted in another thread but if I've learned one thing here I've learned "no pics didn't happen".
So far I haven't deviated from the plans much other than the fire grate and I want to make my throat grating bolt in so if the heat takes its toll on it I can easily replace it, I also offset the upper and lower frame rail outward on the door side which will eliminate the need to skin the door perimeter, in addition to the before mentioned I found some small 1-1/2" c-channel that I will utilize for my cooking rack slides. My sheeting and angle should be in tomorrow so I can move on to the next step.
Well Done! Its really looks Awesome!
Great Job. Keep it up :LG: :LG:



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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Squiggle » May 12th, 2016, 3:34 am

Weldun wrote: I did a quick estimate and the amount of tubing in my mini build probably weighs 65#
Definitely not as much as the FB/chute assembly, that's a heavy bastard! :kewl:


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Rodcrafter » May 13th, 2016, 9:21 am

SWSS


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Post by The Czar » May 13th, 2016, 5:14 pm

Rodcrafter wrote:SWSS


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What? Ha!!


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Rodcrafter » May 13th, 2016, 5:29 pm

I stole your line


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Squiggle » May 13th, 2016, 6:44 pm

I thought it was TWSS, what's the first S for RC? :?

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Post by Rodcrafter » May 13th, 2016, 7:14 pm

Darn I guess that's what I get for stealing.


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Big T » May 13th, 2016, 9:28 pm

:explode2: =))


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Michael303 » May 24th, 2016, 1:05 pm

Hey what's the red stuff you used to fill around the curb of the charcoal chute? Some kind of auto body putty?



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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Weldun » May 24th, 2016, 3:33 pm

Michael303 wrote:Hey what's the red stuff you used to fill around the curb of the charcoal chute? Some kind of auto body putty?
It's automotive high temp rtv gasket maker


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Michael303 » May 24th, 2016, 3:43 pm

Weldun wrote:
It's automotive high temp rtv gasket maker
Thanks. Does it take paint well and can you get it at auto parts stores?

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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Weldun » May 24th, 2016, 8:58 pm

Michael303 wrote:
Weldun wrote:
It's automotive high temp rtv gasket maker
Thanks. Does it take paint well and can you get it at auto parts stores?

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It took paint fairly well, and I did get it from the auto parts store. I've had probably six heat cycles on my mini and so far no troubles with it. I did find some stuff that was called lab metal but decided due to cost I'd try this route first.


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by KarateDoc » July 17th, 2016, 10:04 pm

OOPS I posted in the wrong thread


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by ncmcnabb06 » February 6th, 2017, 7:42 pm

Awesome build

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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Weldun » February 8th, 2017, 7:13 pm

ncmcnabb06 wrote:Awesome build

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Thanks, I have to say this has been one of the funnest and rewarding projects I have done in years.


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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by StorkQ » November 9th, 2017, 3:34 pm

Weldun wrote:Thanks, I have to say this has been one of the funnest and rewarding projects I have done in years.
Weldun, I'm planning my mini GF build and hope that it will as rewarding as yours. While planning my build I studied your excellent build but still have some questions.

Why did you use the RTV around the charcoal door and top panel?
Did you left it floating? Did not weld it to the top panels and/or frame?
How is the RTV seam holding up?

Did you do the same with the firebox door?

You did an excellent welding job. How did you attached the panels? It looks like you made a fillet corner joint. Where the panels touching each other at the edges? How sharp are you edges now? What panel gauge and mig wire size did you use?

Is there anything else you would have done different in hindsight and after several months of use?

Again thanks for all the information.

Thanks,

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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Weldun » November 9th, 2017, 5:34 pm

Thanks for the compliment,

My reasoning for not welding the outer perimeter of charcoal chute frame and ashbox frame was my concern of warping ( oil canning ), I figured with the outer skin being pinched between the the inner and outer door frames and both frames welded completely on the inside there was no reason to weld the outside as well, the red high temp rtv has held up well with no issues. The skin is 16 gauge carbon steel and all outside corners were tig welded at about 58 amps using 1/16" er70s tig wire. The corners are what I call crisp and straight but not sharp. I can't really think of anything that I would have done different.

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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by StorkQ » November 9th, 2017, 6:01 pm

Thanks for the reply and the extra details.

So you fully welded to firebox to frame, at the top and right hand side. My guess was that you had it "floating", only welded on the tube below the transfer tube. I'll probably weld the seams as well instead of caulking them in order to prevent paint issues. Not that your build had paint issues but it will probably happen to me.

You've a very good tig hand :kewl: because those edges look beautiful. Did you plug weld any panel to the frame or are the panels only welded to each other? Did you leave a gap or were they butted against each other?

I'm thinking about mig brazing the panels and the firebox-panel seams with silicon bronze wire (CuSi3). Never used that process but it seems appropriate, less heat, easy cleanup and the extra strength of a weld is not needed in this case. And I always want to learn something new.

I'm looking forward toward my build, but I need to source some components and want to tweak the plans a bit.



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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Weldun » November 9th, 2017, 8:45 pm

StorkQ wrote:Thanks for the reply and the extra details.

So you fully welded to firebox to frame, at the top and right hand side. My guess was that you had it "floating", only welded on the tube below the transfer tube. I'll probably weld the seams as well instead of caulking them in order to prevent paint issues. Not that your build had paint issues but it will probably happen to me.

You've a very good tig hand :kewl: because those edges look beautiful. Did you plug weld any panel to the frame or are the panels only welded to each other? Did you leave a gap or were they butted against each other?

I'm thinking about mig brazing the panels and the firebox-panel seams with silicon bronze wire (CuSi3). Never used that process but it seems appropriate, less heat, easy cleanup and the extra strength of a weld is not needed in this case. And I always want to learn something new.



I'm looking forward toward my build, but I need to source some components and want to tweak the plans a bit.
I did weld the ash box door frame and charcoal chute door frame continuously, I didn't plug weld any of the exterior sheets but with small gap where the sheets met to make a corner the weld penetrated into the corner tube enough here and there.
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Re: Welduns mini build

Post by Rodcrafter » November 11th, 2017, 12:16 pm

Looks great


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