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Wreckless
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12 13 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smoldering Coals...Thank You!

Smokenstein...Thank You! I wish I had a large enough shop as well. Wink Seems I have developed a strange pinball effect swagger in the shop where I try to deflect off of plate corners and such rather walk into them full force possibly saving a hip or shoulder. Gets pretty crowded in there at times. Tools are always close by tho I guess.

Thank You George! Still on Jimbos Thermal Dynamics 102 super torch. Note to self, an O/A torch may be the better tool when piercing 3/8" steel. The plasma does not preheat, kinda comes straight back at ya at first, knowhatimean? Shocked Can we say "Ouch?" I think I said worse actually. Rolling Eyes Laughing

Thank You Keith! Good to hear your rig is serving you well. Very Happy Congrats on gaining a future son in law, I surely hope you vetted him for cooking skills. Wink

Got the end cap on the FB, as mentioned, going without a door on the end and using a k.a.m. taught sawtooth design damper. had to offset the FB door to clear the exhaust plenum. Studied the cutout lines for quite some time before actual cutting. I wanted max size but one screw up in getting greedy and that's all she wrote. Thought I had short changed myself after the door was cut but once hinged, I found I had cut it quite close. All good. Having been spoiled cutting so much 1/4" steel, that .375" wall took some concentration and it still took a BFH to get her out of there after the cut.



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14 13 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good so far. I am going to follow this very close to learn some more about pit building. I just finished my first pit and I have 2 people that want to buy it. I told them its not for sale until next summer so I can build another one this winter.
I have 60 gallon compressor tank to make the next one. The next one will be a little smaller than my 260 gallon pit I just finished.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15 13 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike, your cooker project is looking great my Friend. Very Happy The short offset door for the firebox fits nicely I like it. The next time you get ready to plunge into the .375 wall drill a 1/8" hole first. Wink Very Happy I look forward to seeing some more pics and updates. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15 13 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smoker Bill wrote:
Looking good so far. I am going to follow this very close to learn some more about pit building. I just finished my first pit and I have 2 people that want to buy it. I told them its not for sale until next summer so I can build another one this winter.
I have 60 gallon compressor tank to make the next one. The next one will be a little smaller than my 260 gallon pit I just finished.

Thank You Smoker Bill! Very Happy I post so that others can learn tho some is what to do and what NOT to do. LOL
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15 13 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
Mike, your cooker project is looking great my Friend. Very Happy The short offset door for the firebox fits nicely I like it. The next time you get ready to plunge into the .375 wall drill a 1/8" hole first. Wink Very Happy I look forward to seeing some more pics and updates. Very Happy

Thanks Brother! Very Happy I should have prolly burned the phone lines to Vidor a bit more on the FB before I burned Wreckless. It has k.a.m. hinges ( they rock) and a few other pointers but that piercing advice came a bit late. That and lazy azz not putting on my left hand glove. I knew better, I deserved it. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16 13 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

great looking job on your builds Wreckless
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31 13 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit late but Thank You TQ! Very Happy
Well, I got her back in the shop for a short time so just a quick update. I finished the strapping on the doors. I pre-formed the straps to the I.D. of the cooker and FB. Being that this was a pipe build cooker and not having bell ends to get in the way, I was able to get my 36" adjustable clamps onto the cooker over the straps and tack them in place with the doors shut allowing for a nice fit up with the cooker and FB shell. Still a bit wary of a full weld out on the straps. The shell is .375" wall but the straps are so tight as of now that I am leary of inviting Murphy into the fray. The cooker cleanout / grease removal door was put on while I was in the neighborhood. Still deciding on my approach to a latch.


I got the grates for the cooker built as well. While the bottom grate has a center support, the top grate is a full floater. I was contemplating running the center braces lengthwise for strength but after way to much time pondering between length or width, I went with a tried and trusted route. If they look familiar well...Thanks Kevin! Both grates use 1/4" thk angle, side by side braces corner welded and stitch along the seams, top and bottom. Pretty stout.


Well...time to park her out on the front slab for a spell to make way for a couple of Wreckless specials. She should be cooking by T-Giving tho she prolly won't be mobile. Slow and Steady... Wink Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31 13 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this thread like a joke or what? Its up to 2 pages and with you still adding pics Surprised Normally you start off by showing a pile of metal and 4 pictures later the finished product. This pit is done isn't it?? Your just teasing and dragging it out a bit, trying to get a k.a.m. type thread with like 30,000 replies Wink Laughing

The pit is looking great Mike and Im sure you've been cooking on it for months Laughing BUT, I do look forward to seeing it all painted up and smokin Cool
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