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Old 04-30-2020, 08:39 PM
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Default New project - sit back and relax, it's gonna take a while

Starting a new project that a guy hired me to build for him. The design process started about two months ago. I was given the go ahead, COVID-19 and the lock down happened before I got my PO in to one of the suppliers and it was put on hold. It was released from hold three weeks ago and I got the first batch of materials today.

I was going to post the pictures and let you guys guess for a day, but that seems like a waste of time. So here it goes - the guy comes to me and says he'd like a smoker. Something that can do 40-50 racks of ribs or a whole hog. A flip top, no rotisserie, stick or charcoal burner.

I came up with a couple of designs, and sat down with him to look over a final-ish design and quotation. (See picture 1 for design).

The idea behind two chimneys was so that he could use it as an offset or a reverse flow with tuning plates and blocking off one of the chimneys. The final outcome of the meeting deleted that idea - go with reverse flow with tuning plates. We also deleted the insulation due to cost. To be fair I was already over his budget - he said go ahead with it.

Fast forward to today and we have parts in from the place I had do the laser cutting and forming (pictures 2-5).
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Old 04-30-2020, 08:43 PM
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All parts are 1/4" and 11 ga. HRPO.

Pics 1-3 more parts.

Pic 4 - laying out some of the stitch welds on the inside seams.

Pic 5 - that new chinesium plasma cutter sure makes some purdy cuts...
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Old 04-30-2020, 08:52 PM
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Just curious, how much more is HRPO steel compared to standard hot roll?
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Old 04-30-2020, 09:44 PM
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Honestly I couldn't tell you. My supplier prefers that on his laser as the mill scale on plain hot roll has a tendency to pop and shortens the life of his consumables. His price was within $30 of another guy using hot roll with plasma so I'm guessing the price difference is minimal.
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Old 05-02-2020, 08:00 AM
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Picture 1 - Warming box tacked up.

Pictures 2 & 3 - Firebox tacked up.

Pictures 4 & 5 - Closeups of welds made with Hobart 210 MVP as pictured. All joints planned to be corner to corner where possible to allow for a nice bead with minimal or no grinding.

The plan for the day is to finish welding out the firebox and set it off to the side (all 360 lbs. of it) - I'll have to use the engine hoist. Next I'll be making the sealing strips for the doors on the warming box and the main cooking chamber (1/8x2 flat bar for these) and getting those stitched in while I have easy access. Finally, I'd like to get the cook chamber tacked together and maybe get some welding done on it. The main cooking chamber will be another sub assembly a bit over 300 lbs.
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Old 05-04-2020, 11:10 AM
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Sealing strips made and welded to the cooking chamber. Cook chamber completely tacked together and mostly welded. Over the course of the week I'll be finishing the welding on the cooking chamber and marrying the firebox to the cooking chamber.

Pic 1 - cooking chamber tacked together. You can see the sealing strip added in this picture.

Pic 2 - same as pic 1 but with a 12 oz. beverage can for scale.

Pic 3 - Cook chamber welded (mostly) and in an upright position.

Sorry for the crappy pics thus far. It appears that the lens cover on my phone is cracked. Replacement is on the way.
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Old 05-04-2020, 12:20 PM
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That’s a big smoker!!


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Old 05-04-2020, 12:33 PM
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Almost looks like you know what you're doing dere, eh?
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Old 05-04-2020, 01:11 PM
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Oh hell no! Dont give anyone that idea...

I wise man once told me - "if you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit".


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Old 05-04-2020, 03:49 PM
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Welds look very nice. No grinding needed there.
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