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Vertical Cabinet Build

Post by aldaeron » April 9th, 2019, 10:05 pm

Hi All,

Been a while since I last posted and I am a bit overdue to show progress. Thanks again to all who answered questions and gave advice - you are the best! This is a 14 ga inner 16 ga outer vertical cabinet with a 11 ga firebox of my own design. There is 1" thick ceramic blanket kiln insulation between the inner and outer sheets.

Over Christmas break I finally finished the design in CAD.

I ordered metal and it arrived mid-January.

Work travel and everyone in the house getting sick meant I did not get all my tooling and time until early March. After a LOT of clamping (will have to dig out pics later) and some practice I am pretty dialed in a welding 16 gauge. Not a pro- but making good welds with good penetration. A little grinding makes it all look a lot better. In the first long day I had most of the frame started.

After a second long day I have some of the inner sheets tacked

Welding again Friday and hope to have most of it tacked together. As pieces get put in it has started going faster and faster. I'll keep you posted but I hope to have it done before father's day (still a few handles and such to order)

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Re: Vertical Cabinet Build

Post by Dirtytires » April 9th, 2019, 10:30 pm

Looks like great progress. Starting is always the hardest part but it gets a bit easier once it starts to take shape.



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Re: Vertical Cabinet Build

Post by aldaeron » April 14th, 2019, 4:53 pm

Put in the stiffening ribs to keep the sheets from warping
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Post by aldaeron » April 14th, 2019, 4:54 pm

Forgot to post my first stitch weld! The ribs really helping keep it from warping. 28 inches long. 16 ga sheet onto 16 ga tubing. Came out great the first time!!!
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Re: Vertical Cabinet Build

Post by Dirtytires » April 14th, 2019, 5:52 pm

Lookin really good.



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Re: Vertical Cabinet Build

Post by Big T » April 14th, 2019, 8:28 pm

:yth:


Measure Twice.....Cut Three Times.

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Re: Vertical Cabinet Build

Post by aldaeron » May 8th, 2019, 8:15 am

Chimney is on! Spring is finally starting in Denver and finding free time is less easy ...

Hoping for more time this weekend.

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Post by Dirtytires » May 9th, 2019, 11:04 am

Slowing down is ok but the second you stick it in the corner it will be forgotten.....keep at it



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Re: Vertical Cabinet Build

Post by aldaeron » May 13th, 2019, 10:03 pm

Finished adding the last inner wall and all the seam welds. Onto doors next!
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Post by Big T » May 13th, 2019, 10:26 pm

:kewl:


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Post by Dirtytires » May 13th, 2019, 10:48 pm

Lookin good!



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Post by ajfoxy » May 14th, 2019, 2:27 am

Yep, coming along nicely :kewl:


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Re: Vertical Cabinet Build

Post by aldaeron » June 20th, 2020, 1:51 am

I have quite a few progress pics to post at some point soon, but in the mean time I am FINALLY ready to light my first fire on Father's day after quite a lot of hustle the last few months. What do I need to do to prep the CC? The interior is a little rough from scale and there is random small splatter on the walls so I was planning to hit the whole interior with a wire cup / wire wheel to get it all smooth. I don't plan to paint the interior, but I might be able to be convinced otherwise. The plan for the exterior is one of the rattle can high heat paints (Krylon, Rustoleum or Ace brand). I wish there were more colors, but fancier paints like VHT require curing and I don't have access to a big oven.

For past grills I have purchased the instructions have always been to apply a light coat of cooking oil to "season" and I was planning to do that and then slowly get it up to 300 to burn off any excess crap bad stuff from the build process. Want to make sure everything is clean and safe before making some food (hopefully later this week)!

Any advice is appreciated!

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Re: Vertical Cabinet Build

Post by towtruck » June 20th, 2020, 8:40 am

Knock the big stuff off the inside and give it a coat of veggie oil and let it season on there. For the outside make sure your metal has been cleaned by sand blasting or other means to remove the mill scale and oils in the metal. I made the mistake of not doing it to my last build and the paint won't stay on the thing. I have to pull the bbq apart and sandblast it all now and start over.



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Re: Vertical Cabinet Build

Post by aldaeron » June 20th, 2020, 8:52 am

Unfortunately I don't have access to a sandblaster - should I hit the whole exterior with a flap disk until it is nice and shiny?



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Post by Dirtytires » June 20th, 2020, 11:03 am

I used a can of spray cooking oil (PAM) on the inside of mine. Do a light spray then spread it around with a oil-soaked paper towel. Don’t let it puddle or you will have sticky spots. Then just run it at 300 for as long as you want (couple hours).

As you mentioned, you do NOT want to put paint the interior of the cook chamber or firebox.



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Re: Vertical Cabinet Build

Post by Big T » June 20th, 2020, 8:24 pm

:yth:


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Re: Vertical Cabinet Build

Post by Bbqjim » June 21st, 2020, 3:44 pm

aldaeron wrote:
June 20th, 2020, 8:52 am
Unfortunately I don't have access to a sandblaster - should I hit the whole exterior with a flap disk until it is nice and shiny?
When I painted the exterior of mine, I used a flap wheel to take care any rough stuff. I then took a sander with something like 80-100 grit and sanded the whole thing. After sanding, I wiped it down with acetone and then painted. The first smoker I built is going on 8 years with the original paint job. It needs some touch-up here and there, but it has held up great. Prep is the key to a good paint job.



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