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New tank, new build, sorta nervous!
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J.M.W.



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07 11 11:08 am    Post subject: New tank, new build, sorta nervous! Reply with quote

Hey guys, long time stalker, rather new member though...

A while back, I asked a friend to try and find me a 250ish gallon propane tank for a reasonable price. Free is best, of course! Well, he produced. Only slightly larger than I had planned. He found me a 500 gallon tank, and the best part --- FREE! Thing is about 37" around, and right at 7' long with the ends cut off. BEAST!! Exclamation

If I can figure out how, I'll attempt to post pics of my progress, which will be rather slow, as work and work space is kinda limited. I've designed the tank and trailer as a Reverse Flow, designed off of kam's 250 gal build with his son... I've read here for years, and have made my designs off of several of the pics and posts here. Amazing wealth of information found here!

Doors cut, except for corners and middles

End Halves cut from scraps I had lying around

Hope the pics come thru, don't laugh too much at my mess guys! Will keep photos coming when I get the chance to work on it. I'm a truck driver by day, so sometimes I won't have "hobby time" for weeks on end, kinda sucks but pays the bills! Laughing


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07 11 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JMW,
She looks real good bro! Very Happy
You can't go wrong following one of KAM'S builds, so you have a great plan too! Cool


You need to set up photobucket to automatically resize your pics for you... so they won't turn into links. read this link, it explains why.

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=47314
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07 11 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

J.M.W., your off to a fantastic start. Very Happy I look forward to seeing some more pics and updates. Very Happy
Here are a couple of links that will help you with your pics.
http://thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4096
http://thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=48120
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08 11 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Off to a good start JMW. I built a 500 gal RF last summer and have been quite happy with it. You can really load it up!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08 11 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great you are off to a great start. looking forward to waching your build.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08 11 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

welcome J.M.W, great job finally becoming a member! awsome start! keep the pics coming!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09 11 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the replies guys! And Kam, thanks for the links on posting photos... I changed the links to photos.

Short list of questions tonight...

I've got a ton of 5/16 plate laying around the farm. Enough to make my firebox and warming chamber. While I had figured on using 1/4, do you think the 5/16 would be too heavy? It's only going to add a couple hundred pounds at most, and I'm thinking it'll help hold heat a little better being heavier guage?

Was going to ask a few questions about firebox size, inlets, exhaust, and box to chamber opening, but I did a little looking around in the sticky's tab and found the calculators. Did I say before how much I really like the extreme wealth of information found here?!

Won't see much progress here for a day or two, I'm in town this weekend and going to spend it with a very happy four year old! Have a good weekend folks!

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09 11 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Justin, I would use the 5/16" plate and never look back.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10 11 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah! 5/16! & i hope u enjoy time with tha very happy 4 year old Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28 11 9:30 am    Post subject: Slowly making progress! Reply with quote

Well, work and weather have played a big part in my SLOW progress to date. Seems like if I'm not working, it's raining too bad to get out and work. Finally was able to get the 5/16 plate cut down to size and to the shop so I could start building the firebox/oven (don't know what you'd call it, it's the big box above the firebox on an r/f cooker...another idea stolen from k.a.m.!) From the start, it looks to be HUGE, and honestly, IT IS! Very heavy too, but manageable and promising. For now, only have the 4 sides, will put in the firebox/oven divider soon, as well as top and bottom and doors. One step at a time I guess. Here are a few pics of the progress to date:

Me using wire wheel to remove surface dirt/rust:


Welded on 2" angle as guides to keep edges true:


Two sides welded together, sprung way in past square:


Welding on the outside, trying to spring back to square...after adding 300 pounds of downforce, square was achieved:


Installed angle braces on ends to hold square:


All four sides together, square, and ready to weld, weld, weld:


Not exactly beautiful, but about as good as I can get:


I know it would have been easier to keep everything square if I'd put the ends on first, but I ran out of old (free) steel plate, and have to buy a sheet for the 3 smaller pieces (ends and middle divider)...couldn't look at all this plate any longer without striking a bead or two, or 20 feet! Enjoy pics, and as always, comment away!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30 11 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was sitting here wondering what you were doing grinding a wood panel...

I guess that's what I get, scrolling for the pics without reading.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10 13 8:02 am    Post subject: Reviving an old thread, work has begun again! Reply with quote

Wow. It's been a little over two years since I last posted any project progress. A LOT has happened with me in the last few years, from going thru the BIG D to changing jobs, changing shops with my dad, little time (or $$ for that matter!) left for a smoker build to be going on. Things are starting to settle down, and I have finally begun working on this 500 gallon RF again. I'll post pics shortly!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10 13 8:05 am    Post subject: Test Pic, to see if I remember what I'm doing. Reply with quote



Tank fitted to firebox/oven...
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10 13 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



Best way I could see to hold everything tight! I am a trucker, after all... Very Happy



Welded tight, and one door open. Progress for me!



Putting seals on the doors, with hopes they didn't warp!! To my surprise, the left door warped about 1/2" on one corner when i took off chains and clamps, but it sprung back with a little heat and persuasion.



Both doors sealed and tight! Handles will go on once I have her on the trailer and find a comfortable height. Same with counterweights, I'm still deciding...static weights, or cable driven weight?



Opening between the smoke chamber and the oven, open.



Same shot, only closed.



Closeup of a homemade Heim Joint.



Slide rod, exterior, unfinished obviously.

Ready to get the steel now for my trays and slides, fit exhaust pipe, fit and weld the RF plate, and well.....finish!

It's been a LONG road to get it this far, and it's only close to half finished...
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10 13 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

J.M.W., your making some nice progress. Very Happy The cooker will be done when its done "Slow and steady wins the race" Wink
Very nice work so far, I will be watching for more pics and updates. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10 13 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

J.M.W. I was wondering how I missed this until I got about half way through reading it. Embarassed

Sounds like you've had other things to worry about besides a cooker. Shocked

Looks good, keep peckin away at it, it'll get done. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10 13 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi J.M.W. That is one heck of a build you have going on. I can just imagine the amount of Q you can smoke in there. Good luck on your build. I plan to keep an eye on this great build.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10 13 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks y'all, it's been refreshing to be burning rods on a project of my own again! I'll try and not be 2 more years before I post again...

Thanks SoEzzy for reactivating my account, wish I'd have read the thread you sent me the link to before I changed my email address!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10 13 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is looking like one heck of a build!! Looking Good!! Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10 13 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good! You had mentioned the k.a.m. man in several previous posts and I can spot several textbook k.a.m. operations in your build, good idea. Good to see you back on it, looking forward to watching the progress.
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