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120 Gal Compressor Tank Offset Smoker Build Updated 6-30-13
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11 13 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bare metal is a sight to see. I envy you.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15 13 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put it all back together today, after the paint had dried. Paint has a 7 day cure time. Also sprayed the tuning plates, grates and inside smoker walls with PAM cooking spray to keep the bare metal from rusting. Going to start building the fire basket tomorrow.




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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17 13 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished the fire basket today.













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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18 13 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks very NICE Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23 13 6:38 am    Post subject: Warped Door Repair Reply with quote

We ran into a big problem after the doors were bolted back on the smoker after the sandblasting & paint. The sandblasting must have warped the doors. It fit perfect before. Now they are 1/2" off from laying flush.

Here is a pic that shows one door fixed and the other door warped. You can see how far off it was.


We had to break out our "door straightener invention". We tightened all 4 bolts to compress the lid 2 1/4". After you loosen the bolts it springs back. It bent it enough to get rid of the 1/2" gap at the bottom. It's not perfect, like we wanted. We'll take it. If we had it to do over we would sandblast only the tank. Not the doors.




Applied the high temp sealer around the door. Vaseline on the tank to keep it from sticking to the tank. The extra sealer can be trimmed off with a razor. The red sealer will turn black, the more we use the smoker.



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01 13 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fired up the smoker one evening after work to figure out how the dialed it in. Had too much wood in it at the start. Once we worked with it a while, we had it running steady at 300 for hot & fast.




Insulated fire box. Still gets hot enongh that you wouldn't want to have your hand there very long. The front, next to the door gets warm enough to heat up the next log.




The next morning we broke it in right. 3 butts, 4 racks of baby backs and 2 fatty's.













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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10 13 12:29 am    Post subject: Wish I could see the pictures Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10 13 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I used up my free 10G bandwidth. You only get 10G per month. It should reset in about 10 days anx the pics will be back.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30 13 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome build, Pappy, and awesome first cook!

I have two air compressor tanks, and I was wondering how thick your tank was. beings it's an ASME tank it should have had a stamp on it that says what the shell thickness was. Mine is .1094, which is not quite 1/8" thick. Just wondering if yours was the same thickness.

Also, what is the name of the sealant you are using for your doors?

thanks!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31 13 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sealant is High Temp RTV. Our tank is 3/16".
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31 13 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pappy, the cooker has turned out awesome and the food looks great!! Its been a fun project to watch come together. Congrats on a job well done!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08 13 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice build!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18 13 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just procured a 120 gallon air tank. Love your build and love the look of double doors, but I have a question:

For your size smoker, does a double door 4 shelf system help you over a single door 2 shelf smoker? I'm trying to think of benefits of double door over single door. Can do whole hog on single door.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18 13 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KevinWI wrote:
I just procured a 120 gallon air tank. Love your build and love the look of double doors, but I have a question:

For your size smoker, does a double door 4 shelf system help you over a single door 2 shelf smoker? I'm trying to think of benefits of double door over single door. Can do whole hog on single door.

If I knew whole hogs were in my future I would do a single door or flat French doors that locked together with no divider.
When I built my comp cooker I knew whole hogs would be cooked so I went with a single door. I do not play around when I open it so heat loss is minimal.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19 13 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess that's the rub. You never know if or when until you want to.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08 14 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im really not understanding how ur door didnt line back up after sandblast. pretty mind boggling. Awesome build tho!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08 14 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The metal gets hot when it is sand blasted. The guy that blasted it may have over done it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08 14 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pappy wrote:
The metal gets hot when it is sand blasted. The guy that blasted it may have over done it.

The guy that did the work may have been a little rough on your cooker pappy like blasting to close but I doubt heat from the blasting warped your doors.
There may be a slight chance if the blaster is using steel grit instead of sand and then white metal blasted the doors. Your cooker appeared to be just a grey metal blast in the pic before painting. If it were a white metal blast the cooker would be silver like a new nickle.
My son is a painting inspector at a commercial blasting yard, they blast cookers all the time with out hurting the cookers. They did however slam the sh!t out of my firebox door by accident and bend the latch.
These are just my thoughts I hope it helps. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08 14 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All I remember is that we had a good fit before the blast. Bad fit after the blast. They used white sand to blast.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07 14 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pappy that is a very nice smoker you built. You have awesome skills. Is your firebox insulated on top, two sides and bottom only? I am thinking about insulating a firebox. is that all that is needed? How often do you have to tend your fire on a long smoke? I am looking at purchasing similar smoker with an 1/8 inch cooking chamber which gives me pause.
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