Bitbucket's Mini build

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Bitbucket's Mini build

Post by BitBucket » March 22nd, 2016, 11:52 am

It's not quite warm enough to leave my daily driver vehicle outside at night so I can complete my Reverse Flow project, but we recently transitioned to having more daylight than night last week, and I've been itching to make some sparks and noise.

I had been using a 50A utility plug system for my welder that is shared with my well pump since that's the only service in my garage. This year I put in a double-pole double-throw center-off switch rated for 270 volts and an RV outlet so I can change between my welder feed and my pump without having to wrestle huge plugs every time I needed to use the bathroom.

I picked up some of the Gravity Feed plans and have started gathering materials. I decided to indulge myself and had my steel supplier do the cutting on the plate and sheet steel. Actually I made a double order. The only thing better than building one GF is two! Not sure I'm going to build them both at the same time, time will tell.

The steel came home the other day, and so begins another build.

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Once the weather warms a bit more I'll get back to the RF, but feels damn good to be ramping up again!


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Re: Bitbucket's Mini build

Post by Pete Mazz » March 22nd, 2016, 1:18 pm

:kewl: :kewl: :kewl:


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Re: Bitbucket's Mini build

Post by Rodcrafter » March 22nd, 2016, 2:11 pm

Oh yes


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Re: Bitbucket's Mini build

Post by Squiggle » March 22nd, 2016, 3:56 pm

Awesome stuff dude, can't wait to see your progress! :kewl:


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Re: Bitbucket's Mini build

Post by Dirtytires » March 22nd, 2016, 7:02 pm

Hope you got a discount, my friend....that steel is all rusty!

Might I suggest 1 build at a time so you can "fix" all the mistakes you make on the first one. (Or make "improvements" on the second one).

Good call on the electrical work....a dedicated outlet is awesome. Besides, now you have a free outlet for the plasma cutter that's on your Christmas list.



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Re: Bitbucket's Mini build

Post by BitBucket » March 23rd, 2016, 4:14 pm

Thanks for the encouragement guys,
Dirtytires wrote: Might I suggest 1 build at a time so you can "fix" all the mistakes you make on the first one. (Or make "improvements" on the second one).

Good call on the electrical work....a dedicated outlet is awesome. Besides, now you have a free outlet for the plasma cutter that's on your Christmas list.
I was thinking one at a time too--you always learn something as you build. If you run in parallel you get twice the backtracking if you miss something!

I didn't actually gain an outlet though, I consumed the original feed and sent it to the switch, which diverts between the pump and the welder and made the pump hard-wired to the switch. (UP for welder/RV outlet, DOWN for pump, middle = off). It was terrible to swap out every day or every time I wanted to flush a toilet I can tell you!

What I really need is a proper shop, but that's a whole different thread (or forum altogether).


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Re: Bitbucket's Mini build

Post by BitBucket » April 5th, 2016, 11:47 am

Got the lower and mid firebox and transfer channel started.

The shop I had cut the steel missed that for part 'O' the hole was supposed to be in only one of two plates. No problem, have scrap steel can patch:

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Patching the extra hole
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(upside down is easier to get the 1/2" plate aligned, still working on that so tack positions are not final)

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Post by Squiggle » April 5th, 2016, 4:23 pm

Awesome work dude, looks great! :beer:


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Post by Rodcrafter » April 5th, 2016, 5:40 pm

You are on the way


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Re: Bitbucket's Mini build

Post by BitBucket » April 15th, 2016, 10:53 am

Main firebox assembly complete.
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And here's my QA inspector checking out my freshly chopped frame tubing:

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Weather's almost nice enough to start working on the trailer build. I got steel to build a wood box and seal underneath the CC on that, which is probably what I'll work on this weekend. That and getting enough insulation cut to stuff all these tubes...


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Post by Pete Mazz » April 15th, 2016, 11:00 am

:LG:


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Post by Rodcrafter » April 15th, 2016, 12:24 pm

Ok get busy. lol


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Re: Bitbucket's Mini build

Post by The Czar » April 15th, 2016, 5:33 pm

Is that how you measure? Weiner dog?


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Post by Squiggle » April 15th, 2016, 6:04 pm

That's what she said! :kewl:


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Re: Bitbucket's Mini build

Post by BitBucket » March 21st, 2017, 11:53 am

Overnight temps are still below zero, but there's enough sunlight I'm getting anxious for build season again. I dragged the RF out of the snow and got started again on my mini build.

Built the sides of the frame, then realized I didn't insulate anything. That was fixable though.


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I used a $19 electric knife to carve the rock wool insulation into strips and then stuff it into the tubes.

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Not quite ready for the firebox assembly, a few cross members and supports to go in still, but getting close.

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Re: Bitbucket's Mini build

Post by Big T » March 21st, 2017, 4:09 pm

Well that's a different way to get the insulation in there :points:


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Yep but it works


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Post by Squiggle » March 22nd, 2017, 12:49 am

Nice work dude, well done! :kewl:


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Post by temurf » March 22nd, 2017, 4:09 pm

:LG:

Coming along nicely. :kewl:


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Post by Weldun » March 22nd, 2017, 7:53 pm

Great work! Keep chipping away at it, you'll get there and before you know it you'll be posting pics of awesome Q


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Re: Bitbucket's Mini build

Post by Cousinsteve » April 11th, 2017, 12:46 am

Looks great and thanks for documenting the build!



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Re: Bitbucket's Mini build

Post by BitBucket » April 23rd, 2017, 4:10 pm

A few more sessions: Not all the interior CC is welded, mostly tacked but it's coming along...


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Post by Squiggle » April 23rd, 2017, 5:47 pm

Looks awesome dude, well done! :kewl:


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Post by Big T » April 24th, 2017, 8:00 pm

It's starting to look like a smoker now.
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Re: Bitbucket's Mini build

Post by Rodcrafter » April 24th, 2017, 8:04 pm

I want one


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