Mini build progress

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Mini build progress

Post by okcsmith » November 4th, 2018, 9:14 pm

Thought I d post a few pics of build. I am a newbie welder with more equipment than time but this project has been a great excuse to start teaching my 14 year old how to weld-As they say 14 year olds will always have better welds than 57 year olds even as newbies because they can see ! I know it is not all square and the welds are ugly but its great fun!

I am wondering if I need insulation around firebox and chute? Also does the end of the c channel plate attach to the opposite wall ? Not sure it is quite long enough. I could not find 9 inch channel so I welded up mine with 1/4 plate


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Re: Mini build progress

Post by Big T » November 4th, 2018, 9:43 pm

The channel does attach to the wall and I would put insulation around the FB and chute as well as the outer skin. It looks like y'all are doing a fine job, keep up the good work. :kewl:


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Re: Mini build progress

Post by Chromeski » November 4th, 2018, 10:42 pm

Off to a great start



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Re: Mini build progress

Post by Dirtytires » November 4th, 2018, 11:58 pm

Looking ok to me....great family project.



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Re: Mini build progress

Post by ajfoxy » November 5th, 2018, 4:20 am

Looking good so far. :kewl:


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Re: Mini build progress

Post by Chromeski » November 5th, 2018, 12:34 pm

Did you stuff the tubes with insulation?



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Re: Mini build progress

Post by okcsmith » November 5th, 2018, 1:21 pm

Yes, forgot a couple but got 80% done up front. Using 3 inch batting from roxol -found it at home depot and lowes under different names but is wool based and heat resistant > 2000 degrees without formaldehyde. Also scored some cheap 1 inch solid panels online with free shipping but was not sure that it was enough to fill 1 1/2 walls to insulate. Will likely use both and weld some roofing nalis in place to hold it up. Any ideas on keeping insulation around firebox and chute? Maybe good old baling wire? Also, where is easiest place to get pipe for air intake and chimney? do most folks use galvanized and grind off zinc in welded areas? Just wondering. I am leaning toward screwing on outer skins so i can remove easier if something malfunctions. Figure I could bend upper lid to 90 degrees at top on both sides to overlap sides for front and back ?



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Re: Mini build progress

Post by okcsmith » November 5th, 2018, 1:23 pm

is there a way to rotate pics? Maybe resize or make smaller?



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Re: Mini build progress

Post by Big T » November 5th, 2018, 8:46 pm

I don't think that you can rotate pictures once they're posted and I'm not sure why they ended up that way. I either use an app on my phone to resize pictures or post them straight from my phone using tapatalk app. I've seen a few guys use some scraps of expanded metal or flat bar to secure the insulation around the FB. I would stay away from the galvanized material even though it isn't inside the CC but that's just my preference. I'm not sure where everyone is getting there pipe but if you can't source it local you can check bbqsmokersupply.com or give them a call.


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Post by Frank_Cox » November 5th, 2018, 10:13 pm

looking good!!
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Re: Mini build progress

Post by okcsmith » November 6th, 2018, 1:11 pm

For the chimney is it ok to use a 4 inch diameter pipe or will it throw off the smoker flow-I have a 4 inch piece handy but can get 3 inch if 4 inch is too large? By the way thanks Frank for the offer-I can get the 2 or 3 inch pipe from the steel yard at a fairly inexpensive price compared to shipping from your place but I'll have a lot left over for the next project

By the way, I extended the cabinet by 4 inches in height for a total of 36 inches to get another rack inside if that matters



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Re: Mini build progress

Post by Chromeski » November 7th, 2018, 2:06 am

The 4 inch will work fine and you could always close the flu a bit if needed. The extra 4 Inches will work out fine just takes a little longer to recover temp.



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Re: Mini build progress

Post by Chromeski » December 9th, 2018, 10:51 am

Have you made any progress?



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Re: Mini build progress

Post by okcsmith » December 10th, 2018, 7:51 am

Getting ready to frame out doors and skin it
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Re: Mini build progress

Post by okcsmith » December 10th, 2018, 7:54 am

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Re: Mini build progress

Post by Big T » December 10th, 2018, 9:37 pm

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Re: Mini build progress

Post by Chromeski » December 10th, 2018, 10:13 pm

Almost done. Looks great



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Re: Mini build progress doors

Post by okcsmith » December 30th, 2018, 3:54 pm

Any tips on welding skins on doors to avoid warpage? I have mig and tig available but newby with both. Should I stitch inside first then weld edges in small stitches or tack and weld around edges? Got quite a bit of warpage on inside walls but no one will notice.



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Re: Mini build progress

Post by Dirtytires » December 31st, 2018, 1:31 am

I’m not sure what ‘inside’ you were referring to but you definitely don’t need to weld both sides for door skins. I’m sure you know that tho.

I tend to stitch weld, about an inch or so on each panel at a time. It takes forever because the heat takes to long to dissipate. I have had better luck with a smaller dia wire as well....you might experiment with 0.025 vs 0.030 to see.



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Re: Mini build progress

Post by Chromeski » December 31st, 2018, 3:11 am

Looks great so far. I plan to finally get a little done on mine next weekend. After I destroy my sheetmetal I'll know what not to do better



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Re: Mini build progress

Post by mp4 » December 31st, 2018, 11:54 am

I have troubles keeping my stitch welds small enough...I just cant help myself. My new welder has a timer on it I set it down to just spot weld around the door and then ground it smooth. I did the same thing to the firebox panels for my brother-in-law's rig and he actually liked the texture it left. We just hit it with the grinder to take the sharp edges off.



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Re: Mini build progress

Post by okcsmith » December 31st, 2018, 11:49 pm

Yes, I assumed that but thought if I stitched a couple of places on inside of door panel to hold it down where insulation goes, it may make it easier on the outside edges. I am also wondering if I should make the outer skins a little smaller to allow for better weld to edge of square tubing? I guess I need to quick talking about it and get er done!



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Re: Mini build progress

Post by Dirtytires » January 3rd, 2019, 11:53 am

If I’m welding a panel to an edge, I try to get the panel 1/16 to 1/8 from the edge. It helps to cut down on the grinding a bit and keeps the weld away from the other corner so the second panel will lay flat and not be in the previous edges weld.



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