First Burn, Seasoning Only, no meat

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by bbally, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. bbally

    bbally OTBS Member

    If you have not read about the rig, the Tour is right here rea it first

    Last Friday I washed the beast out at Clifton Car Wash. So all the sand blasting material is out. Cleaned her good. Decided it was a good day to season her up.


    Something this large I don't hand wipe the oil on. I purchased a new spray tank and filled it up with vegetable oil. Pumped it up and spayed it down with oil.

    I like a nice even burn with the first seasoning. So I lay in 18 pounds of charcoal and three pear logs for the first seasoning layer.


    Touch her off and a way we go. The dark ring in the firebox is where I sprayed the oil in there as well as up under the heat exchanger plate since she is a reverse flow.

    While most are excited about first smoke, my excitement will wait until I see if I calculated her angle of induced draft correctly and the bend on the exchanger plate right, as well as the gauge of the plate steel. And only the temperature indicaters will let me know that.

    If I did the engineering correctly she should be the same temp at the smoke wrapping point as the stack end. I will accept 4 degrees difference.


    I open her firebox damper and let her breath, setting up the infrared transfer I have designed. Lets hope she is even and steady. I am also interested that my draw calculation allows hot red fire up top and nothing beneith the fire grate. A fire jump below the grate tells me I calculated the draw wrong and she needs to jump down to find air. You want to see iron grate only, lucky for me she shows no lower jump, calculation is correct on her draw consumption.


    I need to let the firebox come up to temp before investigating her temperture variation from the wrapping point to the stack end of the cooking chamber.


    Climbing through 400 F she should settle in at a consumption rate that will equal 575 F when wide open and 450 when half dampered. Looking nice so far.

    Now for the wrap side TI ....


    200 F on a 400 F firebox. Expected, but what of the stack side TI?


    199.5 F I can accept the 0.5 degree difference. But I would have liked a perfect match. I know the TI units match as I put them in the oven to test they both read the same thing. The 0.5 might work out as she seasons or just may be her personality.

    Finally the site we all look for in our great engineering creations.


    She sets up perfectly at 525 F with 3/4 draft and 3/4 damer and runs right at 275 F in the cooking chambers. She holds that for 4.5 hours on 18 pounds of charcoal and three splits of pear wood.

    Not a bad first date. I look forward to taking this chick out a few times to get to know her. But for a first date is does not go much better. She got hot, she stayed hot and even, she teased with the thin blue smoke, and she showed she has the ability to deliver even warmth to me when I command it!

    Follow me through her next date as we finally get to second base and play with the breasts on her! [​IMG]
  2. mossymo

    mossymo OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great and nice looking build. Next time will be a home run, you are gonna go all the way !!!
  3. carpetride

    carpetride OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good post, looks like you have put quite a bit of thought and work into her.
  4. Very, very nice.
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Thats awesome nice build and it looks great fired up!!
  6. pops6927

    pops6927 Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Whatever you do, don't try to rub her belly or stroke her stack while she's all fired up!
  7. cman95

    cman95 SMF Premier Member

    That's the cat's meow....great job!!
  8. Nice looking pit! Sounds like ya got it all figured out the first time...
  9. She Looks good give her a kiss for us. I just seasoned my new baby.
    I miss that blue sky. I am from the NM, TX area.
  10. richoso1

    richoso1 OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on a nice quality build. Fun is in the house.
  11. bbally

    bbally OTBS Member

    I have built several, but this is the first that I just figured I was going to spend it all no matter what the cost and do it they way I wanted it.
  12. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    If youre not happy with that wide temp difference then you can send that piece of junk to me and start building one that works right.

    Seriously... great job... wish I could make one like that...
  13. seenred

    seenred Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice, bbally! Very impressive build. Can't wait to see how she cooks.
  14. bbq engineer

    bbq engineer OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very Nice!

    BBQ Eng.
  15. I'm jealous. [​IMG]
  16. Man that is a nice rig indeed. Would love to have one like that someday!

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