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Fuel Tank Build - ODB

Post by mp4 » June 29th, 2020, 9:30 pm

Starting my 1st fuel barrel build for a buddy. He wants to learn to weld some, so I'm doing some prep work so he can do some assembly welding when he gets a chance to come out.

Here is the tank upside down to fill with water. Image

I've seen tons of 265 gallon barrels, but this one is about 1/2 the size of them coming in at just under 130 gallons. Image

Here's the general concept.
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Post by mp4 » June 29th, 2020, 9:36 pm

I had the firebox metal sheared last week and fitted thing up. I went with 1/4" for everything except for the door that I went 3/8". Image Image

Today I cut out the throat and air inlets and fitted up the dampers. ImageImage



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Re: Fuel Tank Build - ODB

Post by Big T » June 29th, 2020, 10:14 pm

It looks like you're off to a great start. That'll be a nice size cooker.


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Post by Dirtytires » June 29th, 2020, 11:30 pm

Looking nice. I agree....great size.



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Post by towtruck » June 30th, 2020, 11:59 am

That will be a nice one.



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Post by mp4 » July 10th, 2020, 6:18 am

My buddy is coming out this weekend to work on his smoker. I've been focusing on getting things close so he can do some of the fun stuff...like welding the firebox together and fitting it to the tank.

I had filled the tank with water just to be on the safe side and cut a smaller opening for the door so it didn't have to be too fussy - big enough to burn it out, small enough that it was well inside the door frame. Image
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Post by Dirtytires » July 10th, 2020, 10:41 am

Looks like a great start. Sounds like a fun weekend ahead.



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Post by mp4 » Yesterday, 1:32 pm

We clamped up the firebox and I tacked it in place. Anyone that says you can have enough clamps is sorely mistaken.

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I might have melted a clamp pad...I guess it wasn't important anyway!

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My buddy welded up the firebox. It is the 1st time he's ever done any real welding, so he got a quick lesson with some scraps and then welded the inside of the firebox.

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Kudos to Pete and his 1/2 moon calculator. Spot on perfect when we fit the firebox to the cook chamber.
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Post by dacolson » Yesterday, 2:10 pm

:LG:
You giving him the hard lesson on short sleeves in an enclosed space =))


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Post by mp4 » Yesterday, 2:14 pm

dacolson wrote::LG:
You giving him the hard lesson on short sleeves in an enclosed space =))
He sleved up shortly afterward with a little encouragement. I offered boots to him but he had to learn that lesson the hard way. I know a good drop of slag between the toes did it for me! :-)



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Post by dacolson » Yesterday, 2:41 pm

I still don’t learn. Burn myself between the fingers yesterday wearing a thin pair of gloves.


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Post by towtruck » Yesterday, 3:06 pm

I burn myself all the time, I weld in short sleeves and my arms look like a heroin addict with track marks in the creases. The other day I was in flip flops and needed to weld something....tossed a wet towel over my feet and went at it....I might be dumb but I'm smart about it =))



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Post by dacolson » Yesterday, 3:16 pm

Hahaha. Truth


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Post by mp4 » Yesterday, 9:18 pm

There's no dumbness going on in this shot either!Image



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Post by dacolson » Yesterday, 11:19 pm

Ah yes, the old safety squint. Fool proof, tier 1 eye protection. Good on ya. You’ll be able to hear at least.


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Re: Fuel Tank Build - ODB

Post by mp4 » 3 minutes ago

It was a dumb pose to send to his wife...look close and you'll see he has a mig gun in one hand and a plasma torch in the other. :-)



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