I work a day job as a 3D modeler / artist and love building things, so even though parts of this big project are a bit out of my comfort zone, I think it’ll be really fun and rewarding if I pull it off.
I joined my local makerspace for access to their metal shop and have been sourcing everything for a couple months. Here’s some info on what I’ve picked up so far :
- Drove a few hours from Utah to Wyoming to get some rusty 20” x ¼” pipes in a field for $250 (way cheaper than the $1700+ cost to roll some steel locally! Steel prices are nuts right now). More than enough for my 40” cook chamber and 22” fire box. I cut and had a local shop roll one of the fire box pipes down to 18” ID for the inner fire box sleeve as semi-insulation.
- Had a 20” elliptical head with a 2" straight flange made in Fort Worth, TX - $300 shipped. Cook chamber total length will be 47"
- Got some 5” steel and cast iron casters from casterconnection that look identical to what I see on Franklin’s prototypes - $100
- Four 2’x 2’ x ⅜” surplus steel plates for end caps and hinge plates - $240
- 4.5” smoke stack pipe from scrap for - $8
- 10ft of 2 3/8” pipe for legs. I think about - $90
- A couple ¾” #9 flattened expanded steel grates - $30?
- A Tel-true 4" stem thermometer - $50
Here's a random build clip where I strapped a grinder with a brush wheel to a dowel to get the chunkier rust out of the inside of the pipes. Let the oscillation do most of the work for me.
I've almost finished a 3D model of the smoker after many hours of grabbing screenshots and matching them to my 3D model as well as using known measurements to measure other parts. Really tedious! I still need to finish up the hinges some and triple check a few things but I think I'm close.
I've got a few questions I'll post soon and I'll keep ya'll up to date on the build!