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txluke
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24 10 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!
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Cranky Buzzard
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24 10 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man, that is a BEAST!

It turned out really well, and I agree about the handles, they look great on there.

So, when do we see the smoke rolling pics? It's always nice to see the seasoning run of a new build or modified pit!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24 10 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

txluke wrote:
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Very cool build, slapout! It looks like a winner! Now that the mandatory beauty shots are out of the way Very Happy can't wait to see how that rig runs!

Cheers!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24 10 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is one fine looking rig !

I like the sideways across the trailer mounting.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24 10 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slapout..............you have built yourself one heck of a smoker......Something to be very proud of!! Hurry up and git that briskit on there...............show us the pics Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24 10 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome Cooker Build slapout!
Super Job Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25 10 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, y'all asked for it. I went through about a half gallon of canola oil and a can of Pam gettting this thing greased up. I lit the fire late yesterday afternoon and after about an hour it got it up to 300 degrees in the smoke chamber. I still had plenty of room in the firebox to load it up and get it hotter so I feel good about the design. I used some very dry pecan to season it since that's what I plan to cook with.
I'm not very impressed with my thermometer set-up. They work fine and seem to be calibrated properly but the short stems (2") seem to prevent them from giving an accurate reading since they are so close to the door. I placed an oven thermometer on the bottom rack and a digital probe on the top rack and they both were reading 225 when the ones in the door read 175.





I let it the fire burn for about 5 hours before going to bed but I think it turned out pretty good.



I'm looking forward to this weekend's cook. I'll be sure to post pictures of the results.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25 10 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best pix yet!! She is a beauty. With the stacks running like that, I can almost imagine that it is a self propelled trailer. Throw on a steering wheel up front and you could dupe some folks into asking how fast she goes on the highway.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27 10 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great build slapout. Just wondering if you have any hot spots and how those tuning plates worked out for ya?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27 10 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A well-deserved "High Atta-boy" on that cooker! Can't wait to see some of your cooks. Thanks for the journey.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27 10 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like you're ready to rock and roll now!

This weekend should make her shine for you! Excellent build.

Love the night shot with the smoke BTW...

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27 10 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

slapout, awesome finish to a fantastic build. Very Happy You did an awesome job on your cooker my man. Nicely done. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27 10 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow is about all I can say. What a nice rig and great build!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27 10 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are still looking for SS for any more work, Discount Steel out of Fort Worth is vey cost effective for piece meal work. They cut to length all types of metal and configs and even have a fab shop for those pieces you prefer to farm out. The online calculator on the site will give you your price without a formal quote and you can decide from there. Shipping is UPS and the packaging is top notch shipping damage protection.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, this has been a fun project to say the least and would not have been possible without your help. I appreciate all of your opinions and suggestions and look forward to watching your projects as well.

I took the pit to the hunting camp this past weekend for the trial run and I must say it was a success. We had 21 cold and hungry hunters and I'm sure they would have eaten my food no matter the results. The temperature never topped 40 on Saturday and we had a pretty strong wind. The firebox to cook chamber dampers I installed worked perfectly to even out the temps from side to side. I gave myself a pat on the back for doing that and would highly suggest the same for anyone contemplating a DP clone. I also enjoyed playing with the weed burner and it is a must for getting the temps back up when the door is opened for any period of time. It was also fun to "heat up" the campfire. I would imagine several of the guys have already been to Harbor Freight to pick one up.

I put the butts on at 5:00, the ribs on at 6:00, and the chicken on at 8:00. The ribs and chicken were devoured at lunch and I cooked more chicken for dinner to go with the butts, beans, and fries. By the way, the propane cooker worked flawlessly despite the wind. All in all, we had a great weekend and nobody went home hungry.

Pecan from our orchard

Heating up the firebox


Butts On!

Ribs On!

Chicken On!

The firepit was the second most popular place of the day besides the chow line.

The setup

Even temps

Ribs Off!

Check out that "Smoke Ring"!!!

Chicken Off!

Beans On!

Beans Off!

Pulled Pork!

Happy hunters!




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Me and my Sous Chef

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. Awesome build and awesome looking food! Very Happy
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Smokin Mike
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There must be a great deal of satisfaction seeing all your hard work culminate into a success. The cooker looks great. The food looks great. And it looks like you got a campground full of satisfied chow hounds.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love a happy ending! Very Happy (someone will run with that! Wink)

Great work on your build, slapout! And kudos for a full-on first cook! No punches pulled, that's for sure! Very Happy The food all looks fabulous - your gang probably never ate that well in camp before! Cool

Looking forward to lots o' Q pr0n coming from your general direction! Very Happy

Cheers!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04 10 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nicely done slapout! You got me brainstormin ideas for this old rusty boat trailer in the yard. Enjoy
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14 10 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So we're rolling through Memphis tomorrow around noon and my plans were to stop by Rendezvous for lunch. Unfortunately, they are closed on Sundays. Anybody got any recommendations for a great rib joint other than Corky's?
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