"still working on my build" RF trailer build

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by sunman76, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    All I have done is the doors cut, and since the pictures I have put one inch flat strap around the doors to seal it good. 

    But my question is I want to build it as a RF but I cook alot of hotdog, burgers, ans steaks how do you fix them up to be a smoker and a charcoal grill if this is something that is done and im not out in left field please point me to the right forum or show me some picture of a setup like this please..

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    oh those are not my handles just welded those on to left the doors..
     
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2011
  2. Looks like it's going to be a great smoker. Maybe you should buy a charcoal grill dedicated to grilling and have that just for smoke. The heat from a charcoal fire will unseason the inside of the smoker. I'm sure some real experts will be by to give you more better advice.
     
  3. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you look at the Lang web site, Ben Lang advertises his units at smoker cookers. The reason for this is you can get your chamber temps up to 350° which is great for doing 'dogs, burgers and steaks and get that smokey goodness..

    Since you're building a R/F, you should be able to reach those same temps.
     
  4. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use many things for the dogs, burgers and brats. 

    A small propane camp grill, a trusty weber, a griddle on the three burner propane stove that I light my coals on.

    But for what you are asking about I think I would make the firebox with a hinge lid and use that for grilling if you are wanting only one unit. I do a bit of 3-d drawing so if you have like shoot me a PM and we can check out the options and alternatives so you don't burn out the seasoning on the cook area for the smoker.
     
  5. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tom37 can probably be the best to go to, but let me toss this at ya:

    in your baffel plate(between the fire and the cook chamber) have a damper you can open and close for when you do want to grill right at the front(sfb side).That way a lot of BTU's are not being wasted going straight up,and you could possibly smoke and grill at the same time? Just a thought[​IMG]

    remember to,
     
  6. j-rod

    j-rod Fire Starter

    I just finished a similar build and was trying to figure out a way to use mine as a grill also. I haven't completely abandoned the idea but I have decided to use mine primarily for smoking until I can come up with a good way to do this. I thought about possibly building "drop-in trays" that would sit on top of my reverse flow baffle to place charcoal in. This would put the charcoal about 4" below my bottom grate and I would be able to remove them when I was finished to dump the ash and keep cleanup as easy as possible. My concern is airflow under/through the trays. Every charcoal grill I have ever seen has a damper of some sort under the coals to allow proper air flow to burn and a box with a solid bottom sitting directly on the baffle won't really have good flow. I could always add a removable grate to the top of the tray but that would put the charcoal within prob 1-1/2" to 2" from my bottom grate and I think that would be too close. Just a couple of ideas I have had but I haven't seen or dreamed anything that I think will work well.
     
  7. randya

    randya Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I built a 250 gal RF and added a grill in the firebox and made a storage rack on the back side of the smoker to store when smoking. Good luck on your build.

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  8. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    Thank for the great advise!
     
  9. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    Well I have min to no funds for this build, but where there is a will there is a way right[​IMG]

    My dad had a axle he had give me a few years back.

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    It looked a little different [​IMG]

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    AHH CRAP [​IMG]

    Thats okay no problem will just have to fix it...lol it was free[​IMG]

    set the tank on for a test fit, and it looks pretty good

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    Thats as far as I got. without buying anything but some flat strap for the doors.  Going to go to my dads house

    and go thru his scrap.  He is a welder for trade and has tons of stuff[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2011
  10. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks like you have a really nice start to things.

    I could be mistaken here but I want to think that the angle of the tire and wheel may correct itself when the weight is applied to the axle. I know on my mowing trailer the axles are arched just slightly.

    Your a lucky dude to have the access to a professional and his welding rig. Be sure to pay him back with plenty of good eats as soon as the rig is usable.
     
  11. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    That's what I was thinking also, so I checked the other side and it was straight.  The little trailer welding rig is mine I just don't weld for a living it's

    a side business.  If anybody around here needs some help just let me know.  [​IMG]   He built him a nice trailer smoker years back and I use it sometimes

    people always asked to barrow it so he told me to keep it at my house, but he keeps coming and getting it[​IMG]  
     
  12. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome deal, 

    I suspected maybe you were a welder when I saw the coping on the pipe frame, but then I finished the post about going thru his scrap so I assumed you didn't weld.      Nice work man, I made the roof on my trailer rig from 2" sch 40 and 80. 
     
  13. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    Good looking start. Can't wait to see the finish and some meat from it!![​IMG]
     
  14. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    Got a littler more work done last week got the fire box on and a damper made between the box and the cooking chamber.

    The box was scrap that had to be patched up up a bit "the cutout at the top" if it looks big it is...lol  36.0W  x 24.0L x 20.0T

    still thinking about making the top a grill.

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    That is a task by yourself to get that dude up there stright and tacked into place. but we got er done...

    firebox door

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    S W S  "Sonnys Welding Service"  [​IMG]    

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    Got the propane burner mounted on and ready to fry sum catfish up [​IMG]    

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    Going to try to finish welding out the firebox and start on the dampers tonight I hope.
     
  15. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    Nice looking rig. Good work!
     
  16. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    Looking good nice job[​IMG]
     
  17. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sweet build, That rig will be throwing out some great Qveiw real soon  [​IMG]
     
  18. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking good. 

    I love the burner.
     
  19. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    Didn't get to much done yesterday stack put on and damper made.

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    and a door stop added.. [​IMG]

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    Thanks for the compliments guys! still have a lot to do[​IMG]
     
  20. Nice, was that flame cut or plasma?
     

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