Pitfaced BBQ's DP Gravity Feed Build

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Re: Pitfaced BBQ's DP Gravity Feed Build

Post by bvbull200 » January 15th, 2020, 10:51 am

I've been slacking on the updates. We took a little time off from the build due to a couple of things going on at home (each of us) and with the holidays happening, but the ambition didn't wane. We've been back at it, though, in the new year. Here are a few updates!

Update! First of the new year!

We got a bunch done today. First thing we attacked was getting the wire channel added for getting cords from the temp controller to the fan. We knew about this all along, but had a little oversight when putting on the front skin, so we had to retrofit. Minor speed bump that we solved fairly quickly.

Wires go in here where the temp controller sits:

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They come out near the intake. Pic of it cleaned up a bit and in relation to the intake. This will be shrouded, so the symmetry wasn't important. The flexibility and clearance of the wires was much more so.

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Some seams were finished up, the intake was welded in fully, the door was adjusted for a better fit and to better accommodate the gaskets.

Finishing touch on the day was getting the top thermo mounted.

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5" diameter on this bad boy. Took a little while to get in as I wanted to order the one with the calibration dial on the back. Pics don't do it justice. Maybe my sexy ass does, though. ;)

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Getting damn close!



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Re: Pitfaced BBQ's DP Gravity Feed Build

Post by bvbull200 » January 15th, 2020, 10:54 am

Next day we managed to get a number of major steps knocked out.

By the time I got out there, Maner had added a little lip to the controller recess. This is something we talked about to give a little clearance from the door and gives us a place to mount the shroud. Still plenty of space for the controller to sit and it hides the probe pass-through a little. Very clean looking.

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We added the lower thermo (3" dial) and got shrouds fabbed up for them both. The lower shroud is in a holding pattern for the moment, but the upper shroud is welded in to place. A little sun and rain shade is the functional side, but they just look cool.

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We also got the tie-down points tacked up. We'll finish out the welding on them later, but these tie in to the frame and should be plenty robust for tying this thing down to the trailer for transport. Maner cut them himself. They look great!

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We also got the doors mounted. Here is the firebox door. I wish we had a scale to weigh it. It, like everything else on this rig, is beefy. Good indication of just how solid the finished product will be.

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Here is the evidence that I do at least a little work while I'm out there :rofl: :

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Fuel chute door. I also welded the rest of the upper skin in to place. On the front side, there was a decent sized gap to fill from the door curb to the frame. It left a fair number of pits (or 'gappies' as Maner calls them) that I'll have to go back over to fill in, but it's structurally sound and fully filled in.

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The 5 standard racks are in. There will be 4 more added at 3" spacing in between these. That will give TONS of configuration options. Without the extra racks, I'd be left with 6" or 12" spacing between racks. The sliders are built, just need to build the racks, then put everything in place.

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Me being, as Maner says, a ham for the camera ;).

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All in all, great day at the shop with some serious work getting done.

We aren't really that far off from a test fire. There is a problem with the toggle latches that I bought in that they are too short. I'm going to look in to a longer u-bolt or just get larger latches overall. I kind of want bigger latches for the main door anyways, so we'll see. The smaller ones for the firebox and fuel chute doors are 90* latches and they just don't quite reach to the door curb. Maner got the main door handle started, too. It's a really sweet piece of hammered square bar that will get bent into shape. The rest is little things like the cap for the exhaust stack, finishing out some welds, adding the pull points for the winch, and adding the shrouds for the controller/fan areas. After that, it'll be all cosmetic work - squaring edges, filling little pits, buffing the surfaces, etc. We'll be there before long.



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Re: Pitfaced BBQ's DP Gravity Feed Build

Post by bvbull200 » January 15th, 2020, 10:56 am

Great day again today. Not a ton of work, but Maner had the shop packed with folks doing some work on another buddy's truck. He cooked a whole mess of food that was DAMN good, too. Brisket, pork shoulder, sausages, beans, taters, poppers...the works. On top of that, I had a very special helper with me today. My daughter, Stella, joined in and got her first welding lesson. She's 6 and was really excited about coming out. Went to bed early last night and everything. :laugh:

Here we are packed up and read to head to Maner's:

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We tackled the door handle for the cook chamber. Maner cut and bent it during the week, so it was pretty much ready to go. After getting it lined up, Stella started getting her instruction on what was about to go down:

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Then we got to welding! She helped put on a few tack welds:

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She was very proud of herself:

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Here she is by her first weld!

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She got a lesson on the bandsaw as well:

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She then helped with the firebox door latch.

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Her and I held the gun together and ran a pretty nice weld!

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She went and asked Maner to come look at her weld. Maner looked at it and said, "Stella, it's beautiful. We don't need to buff that one down like we do with your daddy's." :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

As for progress pics, here is what was done today.

The handle on the cook chamber door:

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A handle on the firebox side to help with manually pushing/pulling the smoker:

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90* latch added to the top of the charcoal chute (still need to clean up that seam):

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90* latch added to the firebox door:

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My tie-down straps came in yesterday. Maner pointed me to a site where I could order the width/length/strength I needed. I was able to get a custom color, too! 2" straps in maroon to match the smoker!

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Here are the proud workers after putting in an honest day. :D

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A lot of fun. Stella had such a good time meeting Maner, Frank (not *that* Frank, ;)), and the rest of the guys. She ate some damn good brisket, gets to say she's welded, met and played with Buzz (Maner's dog), and just enjoyed being out there. She was talking about it for about 5 minutes straight in the truck going home, then she crashed and slept the rest of the way.

Until next time!



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Re: Pitfaced BBQ's DP Gravity Feed Build

Post by ajfoxy » January 15th, 2020, 3:15 pm

Coming along very nicely. Nice to get the kids involved. :kewl:


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Re: Pitfaced BBQ's DP Gravity Feed Build

Post by Big T » January 15th, 2020, 7:17 pm

:yth:


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Post by Dirtytires » January 15th, 2020, 7:31 pm

You guys have been busy......nice work.



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Re: Pitfaced BBQ's DP Gravity Feed Build

Post by Smurf » January 15th, 2020, 8:57 pm

Always nice to involve your kid!!! Good looking smoker 👍



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