1944 Army oven is mine with pics!

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by shooterrick, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I picked the 1944 Army Field Oven up this afternoon. She is close to as described so I gave the gentleman the 100.00. I was thinking on my way about the conversion and was wishing she had split doors top and bottom. Well she does. Not only is there a smaller bottom door, about the height of the pan storage of a household range, but on the right and left sides slide dampers that function are already there. The main door cam latch system functions although one side latch is broken off. The door still closes tightly and has a lip for sealing rope if needed. Heavy full width handles that fold out are on both sides. The top of the oven is hinged and will lift up revealing swing out sausage hangers at each four top corners. They are partially frozen but some cleanup and lube should take care of this. There are 2 access slide doors in the main door and 1 in the fire box door.

    The fire box itself is missing but the rails it would have slid in on are in fair shape. One rack set of rails is shot and may have to be replaced but not sure yet. There is no floor in the oven and I will need to put one in. An opening in the front of the fire box door will need closed. The grates are in bad shape and will be replaced. The hinged lid is also hinged in the middle like a folding closet door and is not suitable to hold heat. I will need to replace the lid and am thinking I will utilize the single back hinge so the top can be opened. Dampers will have to be fabricated for the lid also. My concern as to the outside being galvanized was unfounded. What I thought was galvanized was actually dirt and patina. I believe the entire unit is either SS or aluminum as a magnet will not adhere to the surfaces but only some of the hardware. The side and back panels are insulated. The whole structure is very ridged and heavy. My guess as to weight would be around 100 lbs as is. I intend on making an angle iron cradle with casters for it to sit in or use a cheap hand truck to be permanently attached from the back. All in all she seems to be about 85-90% on her way to being fine upright smoker. She will be my spring project. Pics below. Can’t call em Qview yet but someday! LOL

    Compare size to 48 Lang:

    Front view with side fold out handles:

    Fire box door:

    Main chamber door:

    Excess doors:

    Lid to be replaced as well as floor:

    Firebox dampers on both sides slide:

    Rear reads US Army 1944, Hard to read but there:
  2. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice find...will be interesting to see what you do with her.
  3. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Way Cool Rick... I'll be looking forward to it's reincarnation.
  4. Abso-freakin-lutely awesome! Looking forward to a finished version with any mods you do. Let us know how that thing works!!! Don't know if I'm allowed to, but this is for you [​IMG]
  5. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    That should be a great smoker when done! Nice find.
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes Sir there Rick that is wowey cool. I also cann't wait to see what you do with it too.[​IMG]
  7. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    LOL.Just found grates correct size. LOL. Did some figuring and my Lang without the take out 2nd half rack has 924 sq. inches cooking space. This thing now called Gunny, with 2 racks and 3 are possible will have 836 sq inches. Probably enoeph! LOL
  8. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Congrats Rick can't wait to see what you do with it take lots of pics for us!!

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