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New tank, new build, sorta nervous!
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Mikeydidit
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11 13 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

She's starting to take shape and looks great. Very Happy

Just keep getting on it when you can and you will get there. Till then keep posting pics for us.
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J.M.W.



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11 13 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't get a lot done today, just got the exhaust put in. Every step now makes it look more like the real thing!



Spent most of my day working under this... My "day job" is driving it, any off time is usually pulling wrenches. It's always something.

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J.M.W.



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11 13 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something I did at the beginning, but just now showing...any thoughts?



Pull out on the tray, and the bottom center of the firebox opens up, hopefully making clean out easier.

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Mikeydidit
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11 13 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something that I did to mine (I'll try to find and post pics) was to line the bottom of the firebox with fire bricks. I also made a 2" deep tray under the fire grate on top of the bricks. This makes cleanup as easy as removing the tray when I'm done to remove all the ash. Glad I did both now..
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Mikeydidit
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11 13 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry it's a little small but i uploaded it from my Droid. It should give you the general idea though.



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17 13 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't made a lot of progress lately. Was able to get rf plate welded in last Friday, but have been pretty busy since.



Was able to get a few racks of ribs done over the weekend though, in my old double barrel smoker. Turned out amazing!



Ribs sitting in the oven, resting for a few before the carnage ensued in my kitchen...

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21 13 7:58 pm    Post subject: Getting closer! Reply with quote

First row of trays made to sit cooking grates in!


Clean out pipes installed


All four racks built and installed, finally starting to look like a cooker!


Doors closed, end capped, and the monster counter weights.


Oven door and closure


Exhaust toppers
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Smoldering Coals
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22 13 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like your build!! Cant wait to see the finished product.


When I went to the gas company to buy some crap tanks.....the guy said we have a 1000 gallon tank....I said I think that is way to big for me. I went outside and looked at it and it was 16' long and about 41" diameter. It sure would make one nice smoker!!
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J.M.W.



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PostPosted: Mon May 19 14 6:45 am    Post subject: Finished! For now anyway... Reply with quote

I've been working a LOT on the not-so-new tank build. Before I knew it, I was DONE! It's been a long and slow process, but I'm very pleased with the results! I actually cooked on her last Thanksgiving, and it turned out amazing, just didn't get around to posting until now. The following is a few photos from the last few days.


Sitting in the driveway at home, folded down for transport.


Opened up and ready for action.


Let there be smoke! First burn-in after paint.


All lit up after dark. Cook 24/7, weather be darned with this thing!


Tried a few chicken thighs this afternoon.


We kinda tore into them before thinking about pics....

I'm pretty proud of a long road, and looking forward to a long, smoky road ahead of me!
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