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RF vertical smoker, Finished with pics!!!!!
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ggarner
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01 11 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crashpilot: HAHA! Looking at that I can see why that would be deceiving!


I got all of the rope insulation installed today and the inside of the smoker was starting to get a little bit of rust so I got it all off with a sanding disk and decided to get the smoker seasoned so that rust wont be an issue as I finish up the last few little things that I have left.

I sprayed down the whole interior with vegetable oil, then did all the racks etc. Since I dont have the grate done yet I just grabbed the bottom grate off my weber and set it on a couple of bricks. I added about the same amount of lump as I would do for a full cook in the weber and then lit her up with the weed burner. Originally I only lit one side of the charcoal stack and after half an hour the cooking chamber was only up to 75 degrees so I lit up then entire pile of charcoal and let it burn. After about an hour the cooker was up to 350 and humming right along. I closed my air intake to 1/2 and the temp crept up to 375 after about 30 more min so I closed it down to 1/4 and the temp went back down to 350. I was presently surprised at how well she held temp. I went back outside about 2 hours later and it was cruising right along at 350. I wanted to check how long the recovery time was so I opened the door all the way for 5 min and then closed it, and I would guess that it only took about 2-3 min for the thermo to go back to 350.

I started the fire at 430 and turned it off at about 9 and 1/3 of the charcoal was still left. The amazing thing was that when I went back out at 10 expecting the cooker to be cold it was still at 300, and so I came back inside and came back at 11:30 to find it was still sitting at 275. I guess between the insulation and all the steel she really holds the heat well!

I will get some more pics up tomorrow hopefully. Should get the firebox finished and a few other odds and ends.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02 11 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ggarner,
Cool! can't wait to see the pics on this Bad Boy in action! Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03 11 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ggarner, you have got that thing looking sweet!

Cant wait to see it in action. You keep saying that you are picking up this building thing as you go, man you are a quick learner, because your fab skills are top notch man. Congrats on another super nice build!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04 11 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

great build i was in the process of building a pitmaker clone and stumbled across yours.Thanks I have learned alot!.I just have a couple of questions how wide are your smoke exits along the sides? and how did you figure out how big to make them?(my cook chamber is smaller than yours would my stacks vary from yours?) looks like 4-6" face with 1" bends for the sides?also how far down is your false wall from the top of your cooking chamber?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05 11 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chuckied: Thanks man! Its getting pretty darn close! Been super busy with work this week so have not really had more than a few hours to work on her

TrailerBuilder: Thanks for all the compliments! I had a few frustrations along the way but things actually went pretty smoothly so I am very happy with the results. The only thing left now is to see how she cooks!

Rocam69: Thank you! Glad that it has helped you out. My exhaust is 6" wide by 1" deep. I just sort of guessed how large to make them, but after I did the seasoning they seemed to turn out well. If I remember correctly the false wall is 3" down from the top of the cooking chamber. I figured this should be more than enough because there is only a 2" opening for the smoke to travel up between the rear wall and the false wall. Hope that helps.

Well here is is with almost everything finished up just before I seasoned her.


Here is some smoke billowing away!


Here is a look at the grates after it was seasoned


Here you can see the lip that I made to keep grease from running onto the fiberglass seal


One thing that I learned on the test burn is that the sheet metal on the inside of the firebox door distorted slightly so I decided to reinforce it with some 1.25x 3/16" flat bar. Here is after it was all welded in. Hopefully this will remedy the problem.


Today I made most of the wood/charcoal box. So here it what it is looking like so far.


Here is when its slid out.


And here is what the bottom looks like with the cross member supports in. These are made out of 3/4" round bar. I may make a lip to go around the top of the expanded metal but I have not really decided on that yet.


I still need to add some tabs to keep the racks in the cooking area from tipping over when they are pulled out. OOOps forgot to do this before I seasoned it! HAHA

I have also been toying around with the idea of making a PID controller for it, but that is still somewhat off in the distance.

Also I will be adding a rack on the side to set stuff on as well as a bar past that to hang tools off of and to act as a handle when I want to push and pull this thing around.

Not exactly sure on the weight of this thing yet but I am going to guess that it is right around 1,000 lbs if not a little more.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05 11 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gg.................
Awesome Smoker !
Can't wait for your First Cook !!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06 11 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Ernie! I am super excited to finally get to cook on it as well! The big question is what to cook first!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07 11 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info once again you helped lots.I am curious after reading the seasoning part of your build. Just want to know how easy is it to keep the temps in the 200 to 275 range? also did you glue on your door gasket?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07 11 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great looking cooker! Very Happy

Can't wait to see some action shots full of meat! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07 11 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rocam69: Your welcome man! It was pretty easy to keep the temps in this range except for the fact that the sheet metal on the inside of the firebox door warped a little due to heat and popped the door latch open, and it was about an hour before I noticed so the temp ran away a little. This is why I added the reinforcement on the inside of the door. We will see how this works when I crank it up next time.

Beertooth: Thanks man! I am excited to get everything finished up and get this bad boy cooking some meat too!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08 11 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is one awesome cooker ggarner, amazing craftsmanship, just like on your Santa Maria. Can't wait to see it cookin!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08 11 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

shoot man thats one bad A$$ cooker
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15 11 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any update, has it had its maiden voyage yet?

Great job!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15 11 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dmike25: Thanks Mike, I appreciate the compliments! I have always been a perfectionist, sometimes it works for the best other times it can be a huge headache!

Killswitch: Thanks man!!! She is so close to getting finished but I have had to work so much lately I just have not had any time to finish her off!

V8Killr: Hey man, I should have an update for you guys with some pics either tomorrow or wednesday.



I had the day off today so I spent about 9 hours working on the smoker. I had to do the last piece of trim that went under the firebox door. Once I got that fitted and welded in I ground off all the welds, and then did a couple touch up welds here and there.. Then the hell began.

On saturday I decided to try an idea I had been kicking around in my head for polishing the front 2 doors to a mirror finish. I started out sanding the big door with a random orbital sander and 80 grit sand paper. After about an hour I moved up to 120 sand paper. Removed all the scratches from the 80 then went up to 220 and repeated the process. Then went up to 300 and then 400. Then wend with a sanding block and sanded it with some 600 grit and then 800 and then 1200. Then I put the polishing wheel on my drill and ran some rough compound over the door, then some medium, and then some super fine chroming compound. Well I got a super bright mirror finish, but turns out i didnt like how it looked!!! HAHA So that was a good 8 hours of time wasted.

Today I took some 80 grit sanding disks on my angle grinder and roughed up the mirror finish to get a cool swirl pattern over the doors. I liked it so much that I spent the next 6 hours sanding the entire cooker with the angle grinder. I must have taken off about 4lbs of steel in the process but the cooker looks awesome. I then sprayed some clear laquer on it and am in the process of putting more and more coats of that on it. I got 5 cans of it, so I should have it done here tomorrow night. Then I will get some pics. The only thing left is to put the little stops on the shelves to keep them from tipping over when they are pulled out.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15 11 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rocam69 wrote:
Thanks for the info once again you helped lots.I am curious after reading the seasoning part of your build. Just want to know how easy is it to keep the temps in the 200 to 275 range? also did you glue on your door gasket?


Sorry I missed this portion of your question earlier...

Yes i did glue on my door gasket. We will see how well it works! HAHA McMaster sells 7573A65 It was only 7 bucks for a full size tube that fits in a caulking gun, so I figured what the hell. Its working well so far, but time will tell!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15 11 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent build,

question, on these reverse flow verticals,
does the chimney size/height play an important part in the exhaust draw ?
I notice your chimney is very short
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16 11 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LennyK: Thank you! I am not really sure if it matter so much in a cooker such as this. The portion sticking out of the cooker is only about 8" but the total exhaust is about 3' since it extends so far down into the cooker.



Ok well as promised here are the finished pics!

The front after all the laquer has dried and she is ready for her maiden voyage!



Side view


Other side


The front... I really like how the finish turned out on the cooker and firebox doors.


And here she is breathing fire!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16 11 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am sure you now appreciate a little what goes in to building this style of smoker. Well done, son... Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16 11 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

zenbbqmaster wrote:
I am sure you now appreciate a little what goes in to building this style of smoker. Well done, son... Wink


Thank you very much George! That means a lot coming from you! I most certainly do appreciate how much work goes into making one of these bad boys. You guys do a hell of a job, and from what I have seen in your videos and heard from others your craftsmanship is top notch. It takes a whole lot of hours to make this style of cooker from start to finish and there was a hell of a lot of welding, its impressive that you can be at the price-point that you are at considering how much labor goes into one of these.


I think I burnt through 12+lbs of 3/16" rods during the construction of this cooker and probably spent well over 160 hours working on it.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16 11 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ggarner, that thing is beautiful and quite the work of art! I love how the swirls turned out in the metal. You have once again built an awesome cooker. Congrats!

Very nicely done my friend!

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