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Pudgy



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PostPosted: Fri May 01 15 6:04 am    Post subject: PNW: About to start a build Reply with quote

Hello,

My name is Robert. From the PNW area.

I picked up a little trailer mounted pit about a year ago. It's only 20", so with the single wide rack, there's no height for adding another. I haven't even tried rib racks because I think the racks would touch the back wall and the door when closed. However, I LOVE THAT THING!!

I currently have three Cookshack electrics, another brand of electric that I use solely for doing salmon, propane grille and BigEasy turkey cooker.

I just picked up some 1/4" steel that I'm gearing up to build into a larger, mirrored image of my other pit. It's not a lot bigger, but big enough I think to get a 2nd rack in, or at least be tall enough for rib racks.

The new pieces I picked are 24" x 48" long and 24" x 21" I believe. Will have to figure out the Feldons on that one to see if I need to trim it down a bit. Three 4' x 4' 1/4" plates, 20' of 1" angle, 16' 1"x3", 16' 2"x3"... hm, I think that's about it. Going back to the metal yard tomorrow to pick up some 1/8" strap in about 1" or so for doing the lid areas.

Ultimate plan is to mirror the current pit, pick up a tandem trailer and mount them back to back. Side by side would be easier to run, but I'm not sure how all that weight on one side of the trailer would work out. I guess if I built more stuff to fill up the opposite side it would work ok.

Anyway. About to get started tomorrow with the first cuts.

Should be a good time. I'll try to keep my blood on the inside where it belongs.

RB ~ Pudgy
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PostPosted: Fri May 01 15 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to The Smoke Ring Pudgy.
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PostPosted: Fri May 01 15 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pudgy Welcome to the ring Exclamation
Good luck with your clone...post pics as you go along. Ask ?'s there are a lot of good guys to help you along.
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PostPosted: Fri May 01 15 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the ring Robert, looking forward to seeing some pics of your cooks and following your cooker project. Smile
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Pudgy



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PostPosted: Fri May 01 15 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, first snag.

Tried the plasma cutter on 110vts and it would barely blow through the 1/4" material. It would if I held it in the one spot for it to blow through. I went to connect it to the 220 of the dryer outlet and found that it's a different plug. Even with the included plug adapter, wrong plug.

Freaking LAME the number of plugs for the same thing.

Guess I'll see if there are any plug adapters available that will fit the situation.

Annnnnnnd breathe....
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PostPosted: Fri May 01 15 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get yourself a section of 10/3 romex and buy a male dryer plug as well as a female receptacle that fits your plasma. Then you can make an extension cord. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri May 01 15 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the ring Robert.

I live in an older house too so I have to play the dryer plug game also. I like k.a.m.'s idea although I'd suggest upgrading to SO type cord if you're going to be doing this on a regular basis. It'll be much more flexible and damage resistant. That romex will be stiffer than a wedding pecker. Here's what I bought and it wasn't too expensive; http://www.southwire.com/products/oem-quantum-tpe-type-seoow.htm It can usually be had at the local electrical supply house.
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PostPosted: Fri May 01 15 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KAM~

That's pretty much the best option at this point. I went to home depot and lowes last night but didn't find the parts I needed. I'll try McLendons this morning and see what I can find.
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PostPosted: Sat May 02 15 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well this is a one time thing. the plasma cutter is borrowed from work. What I was able to find locally is a replacement dryer cord. 10/3 anf 6 ft. I found the female plug to match the plasma cutter. I have the cutter turned down so I dont go over the cord rating. I think it will be ok for this one build. I wont have to use it excessively.
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PostPosted: Fri May 15 15 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Parts in the garage:


Starting to use the plasma cutter to get some cuts done:


Terrible cuts and welds, thank God for grinders!!
But it has legs


Totally forgot to cut the firebox end. So I tacked the plate up and cut it from there. DOH!


Some doors going on. Didn't pay attention to the other pit having the firebox door going all the way to the bottom so it was easy to clean. I've cut the new one down and welded the bits back onto the door. Again, thank GOD FOR GRINDERS!!! I guess the 1st grate frame and rails are in there as well.


Rack covered with the expanded metal. chimney mounted up, have to close it off and cut it down about a foot and a half to match up with Feldon's calculator.


So I am having issues with dept perception on this build. After the brain surgery to remove the tumor, they did surgery to add a platinum weight in my eyelid so it would blink/close. It is typically blurry and sensitive to the welding smoke, grinding dust, etc. So... here's the obligatory selfie... I have been told it's either BORG'ish, or Serial Killer'ish... lol. Oh, and the goggle thing fogs up horribly. lol


annnnnd the obligatory "normal" selfie.. Hope to get the 1" flat stock on around the doors, close up the chimney, build/cover the upper rack, etc.
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PostPosted: Fri May 15 15 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pudgy Glad to see you have made some progress on your build. Just a suggestion post your build in the cooker section you will get more input there. ? for you it looks like your firebox is mounted pretty high or is it the angle of the way the pic was taken.
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PostPosted: Fri May 15 15 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hm, I dunno. I guess it could be high. I went with looking at my other pit. The firebox is about 5 inches longer than it needs to be according to feldons calculator. I just figured I would build the fire close to the door and avoid a hotspot at the first space on the racks.

If it gets hot and makes smoke, I'll be happy. lol. I can always get back at it with the welder and grinder.

As for build section, I'm not really sure how to go about moving it. Perhaps an admin can just wave a magic wand? Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat May 16 15 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are making some nice progress on your cooker Pudgy. Very Happy
I look forward to seeing some more pics and updates. Very Happy
You may want to re-size your pics to no larger than 640 x 480 or our moderator SoEzzy will have to break the links.
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PostPosted: Sat May 16 15 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ah. I thoight it didnt matter since they were hosted somewhere else.

out in the garage this morning so I'll resize them this evening
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