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Wreckless
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26 13 11:33 am    Post subject: Jimbo and Wreckless Comp cooker Reply with quote

Seems Wreckless has this habit of building a decent cooker and then..." Finding it a good home" aka...selling it off to support the cooker building habit. Rolling Eyes Not this time. Twisted Evil My bud and fellow mischief maker Jimbo has been packing around a 30" x 42" .375 wall pipe in his travels around the Texas valley for quite awhile with the intent that someday it would be a smoker. It finally landed a spot on Wreckless front slab of the shop. It's done traveling. It comes with a somewhat compatible frame for a slimline trailer rig build. Gonna see what we can do with the hopes of possibly entering a few comps.
Frame with pipe and FB end cap. One end cap already attached

The already attached end cap had a 6" pipe exhaust opening and a door already cut in. May not want or be able to find a suitable section of 6" pipe and capping the door seems like a pain. Going with an exhaust plenum to allow for whatever pipe I find or choose and the door will stay so that the cooker can be used as a direct heat grill as well as a smoker. Grease drain will be out the door with an accumulator to catch the drippings

The exhaust plenum...

The FB end cap was prefabbed many moons ago, all that was needed was to attach


Firebox 29" dia .375 wall attached

To be continued...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26 13 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FB attached, time for the bottom fb plate. Sent a pic to k.a.m. da man for grins. he responded " Did you forget how to weld out of position?" Nope " I forgot how to fit up out of position" The heck with that, that's why i have a forklift and an A-frame with hoist. Laughing Kinda like losing the instructions to work a shovel, pickaxe, etc. Laughing
Hoisted the tank up to a workable attitude
Fit up...




Cut the door in, 6" below TDC and 1" below C/L. The bottom grate will be a one piece 38" grate with center support on cooker for whole hog cooking.
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To be continued...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26 13 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice score Exclamation you got a good jump on her...and why weld out of position when you have the ability to weld comfortable Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26 13 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wreckless, looks like you're off and running. Very Happy

If you got all the toys to move it around, you may as well. Wink
I'm sure there will be plenty more things that have to get fitted or welded, upside down, backwards, or some other crazy way. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27 13 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike, I am glad to see you back in the saddle my Friend. Very Happy Your project is looking fantastic, I am glad this one is not a 3 sec. build. Very Happy Laughing
I look forward to seeing some more pics and updates. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28 13 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking great so far! Looking forward to seeing her all finished up.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28 13 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike, it is great to see you in the shop again brother! Bout Damn Time too I might add Razz Cooker is looking great. Cant believe your not done yet. Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28 13 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GF wrote:
Wreckless, looks like you're off and running. Very Happy

If you got all the toys to move it around, you may as well. Wink
I'm sure there will be plenty more things that have to get fitted or welded, upside down, backwards, or some other crazy way. Rolling Eyes

GF, Bud, you have this stuff better understood than you let on, it is always a good post when you join in, thanks Brother! Nope, not crawling inside the cooker, nope, nope, nope LOL
Maniac, Amen bro, Kevin enjoys doing acrobatics on his builds, me...oh, not so much, i get enough bs doing things straight up
Redneck bro, Thanks, best hurry up on yours, Wreckless is chasing you bud!
Kevin and Troy, thank you my buds, that Judge Judy crap was wearing thin Rolling Eyes Back out in the shop where I thrive, I'll be callin ya, on my way to pick up a 150 gal...wahoo!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05 13 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
Mike, I am glad to see you back in the saddle my Friend. Very Happy Your project is looking fantastic, I am glad this one is not a 3 sec. build. Very Happy Laughing
I look forward to seeing some more pics and updates. Very Happy

On hold, time to build another cooker
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05 13 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike said,
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On hold, time to build another cooker


WHAT???? I just got to this buIld and it's ON HOLD ALREADY!!!! Rolling Eyes

(I'm always the last one to know... STILL!)
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09 13 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ChuckieD wrote:
Mike said,
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On hold, time to build another cooker


WHAT???? I just got to this buIld and it's ON HOLD ALREADY!!!! Rolling Eyes

(I'm always the last one to know... STILL!)

Gentleman is paying so..., this one is gonna have to hold down the front shop slab for a bit, knowhatimean Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09 13 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike,
I do know what you mean my friend, got to make that $$$$. Thanks for the txt bro! I can't wait to see what you got up your sleeve this time Shocked Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27 13 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quick update...before I could start on the next project, this one needed to leave the shop. I had to hinge the door that was cut and already shimmed into place. The .375 wall was a blast to work with, no singing or whining during the cut and best of all, no " shproing" on the final cut. The door fit back up like a glove. Nothing fancy or artistic on the hinges, just the tried and true 1/2" sched 80 seamless pipe k.a.m. hinges. The arms run down the door face a bit longer than I like and will be cut down. Just kinda tough picturing the appearance in an unbent state and didn't want to run short.


Partial view of the next " Wreckless Special" another cabinet door style build

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03 13 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoa Wreckless, your on a roll over there. Looking good. Keep the pics coming, don't hold back Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07 13 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ChuckieD...I'm not sure what i have up my sleeve for this pit. Confused The ideas are a work in process while I build a few cabinet cookers.

J.O., yeah, a little bit of a roll going here, like the saying goes...Idle hands. Good to have some projects to play with. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09 13 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally got the shop and my schedule cleared enough to get back on this build. Jimbo had built this frame while he still had his shop down in the valley. The saddles were designed for a 16" dia FB pipe on the end saddle. This would have required a 4'+ FB length. I really don't want to achieve my volume that way as I think the tail end would be almost useless to fuel this pit. I upgraded to a 20" x 30" but that kind of threw the saddle arrangement off as seen in the below pic. Some mods were made to increase the radius on the fb saddle and also require dropping the saddle / c-channel down 2 1/2". Looks a bit strange now but some led lights in a light box should bring it back into a decent appearance.



I hadn't really considered much in the way of mating the cooker w/fb into the saddles when building the cooker and adding the fb. I've gotten used to building the saddles AFTER the cooker is built. Happily and luckily, my mate up of the fb to the cooker was spot on enough that all was centered when the cooker was rotated for my 12:00 center. The door is 6" off / below centerline.
She sits nice and parallel to the frame now. Yay! Smile Stacks were cut and located. Stack weld out was finished yesterday and came out nice and true. Keeping a dual stack setup running in line with each other is sometimes a bit tough. If they pull any at all, it much more apparent than missing a single stack by a small margin. Hats off to the folks that run duals side by side and keep them looking good.

Next up is to cut the top into the FB. Still debating on the design for the fb. I am thinking top load only as I am not sure how I would build an end cap door. A k.a.m. saw tooth design damper on a solid fb end cap would allow for cleanup without a need to scoop the ashes out. I am just not practiced much in the way of round fireboxes. Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10 13 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking very good!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10 13 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good so far, wish I had a shop big enough to build a real smoker!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10 13 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wreckless, glad to see you could get back on this build, it's lookin good. Very Happy

Did you end up with a new plasma for cutting the FB?

I thought you were just gonna throw up some finished pics.,nice to see some progress pics. Very Happy

Not critisizing, I"m the worst with pics. Embarassed

Looking forward to seeing some more. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10 13 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to see ya back at it Mike!! That cabinet door build looks vaguely familiar! Laughing
Been putting my Wreckless build to good use up here in the north country! Got a bachelor party I'm cooking for this weekend and then a anniversary party to cook for right after that!!

The daughter is getting married here in about 6 weeks.
After that the Santa Maria build will be back on my radar! Wink
Talk to ya then! In the meantime keep the pics coming!
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