My RF Vision

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by smokejumper, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic

    Got the grease drain and clean-out drain installed.

    Started by opening up a section of pipe and welding on a pipe nipple for each drain.

    Welded onto side of cook chamber.

    Put in the anti-tip tabs for the cooking grates.

    That is all the progress for this weekend.

    Tomorrow gonna go jump out of a perfectly good airplane, so the CC door will have to wait until next weekend.
  2. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic

    More progress over the last couple weekends.

    Made the cook chamber door hinge swing arms.

    Used scratch start TIG to weld in the round tube sections.

    Bronze bushings for smooth operation and long life.

    Built and installed the CC Door and counter weight.

    Next up is to install the CC door latch.

    That is all the progress for now.

    As always, comments are welcome and thanks for looking.
  3. elmacho

    elmacho Newbie

    Now you are just showing off [​IMG]

    That is an awesome door!
  4. Where did u come up with the ideas for your door design ??? That's way cool !!! I love the way the fold back outta the way !!!!! GREAT JOB
  5. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Elmacho.

    Yeah, sometimes I like to show off. [​IMG]
    Thanks Tattooed smoker.

    The Cook Chamber door was inspired by commercial kiln doors that I have seen.

    The Firebox door was my own invention.
  6. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic

    Did not have the hand wheel for the CC door, so decided to put in the firebox secondary air inlet.

    Sawed the holes. Two 2 1/4" holes.

    Welded on the spacers for the insulation.

    Made the slider.

    Will finish welding in the slider when I get around to installing the intake air plenum.

    As always, thanks for looking and comments are welcome!
  7. Those doors are very cool!
  8. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Smulder NL.
  9. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic

    Finished the CC door latch mechanism.

    The wrench is temporary.
    I have a hand wheel for it, but need to drill and tap it.

    Still need to mount tapered bosses that the pins will slide into for a tight fit.

    Next up was to make a press brake so I can bend the metal for the intake plenum.

    That is all for now.

    As always, comments are welcome and thanks for looking!
  10. lendecatural

    lendecatural Smoking Fanatic

    I love the twisted metal detail on the door, sweet! You can send that press and brake to Alabama when you are done with the smoker.....Nice job!
  11. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks LenDecaturAL,

    You might have a long wait for that press brake.

    This smoker has only been in work for 3 1/2 years!

    But, the designing and building is the hobby, so I don't need to rush it!
  12. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic

    Got some more done the last couple weekends between trips to Texas for work, and vacation in Indiana to visit and go fishing with my Dad.

    Used my press brake to bend some 1/8" sheet for the intake plenum:

    The Brake worked Awesome!

    Welded up some 4" 90 degree ducts and finished assembling the plenum:

    Installed on the smoker!

    The right side will have a bolt on access panel for clean out purposes.

    Ball valve and second 90 degree duct installed:

    The press brake made a world of difference in pulling this off. I couldn't be more pleased with how this air intake came out.

    That is all for now.

    As always, comments are welcome and thanks for looking!
  13. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic

    Got some more done. Was sitting around lacking motivation when the wife told me to go work on the smoker. She knows best. At the end of the day I was glad she did; I had a really good day.

    The intake plenum is finished. I decided against the removable panel and just enclosed it.

    Also finished the firebox door latch.

    That is the last of the really technical parts of the build.

    Now just need to put on the insulation and the outer skin.

    Thinking of adding therms to the CC door.

    Also want to add a port for temp probe wires. Anyone have a good design for a wire port?
  14. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic

    My goodness how time flies!

    Just realized it had been 6 months since my last post on my own build!

    Seriously, I will try to do better.

    What with holidays, and hunting, and skydiving, the time just flew by.

    Feel free to poke me anytime I seem to be of track.
  15. lendecatural

    lendecatural Smoking Fanatic

    Looks great SmokeJumper, it takes extra time to build in all the unique features you are putting in this smoker!
  16. Wondering what happened to you ?   Can't wait to see it finished 

  17. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Huh? I know this is a couple of years old but.....huh? You math folks make my head hurt lol...
  18. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Your press brake is awesome. Fellow that did the fab work on my car,had access to a brake that could bend intricate designs into 1/2" plate.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2015
  20. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Len & Gary. I hope I don't make y'all wait too long to see the culmination of my RF vision.

    Hey Inkjunkie, I have always enjoyed the math and engineering, which is why my smoker has taken nearly four years to get to this point. But as I like to say the designing and building is the hobby. The smoking is just a nice bonus. My big mistake (or fortuitous decision) was to build a UDS so that I could take my time on the RF.

    When you have a 50 ton press sitting around it inspires you to make the best use of it.

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