The Big Build

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by smokey mo, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking good......its crazy how the trailers loose space when ya start adding stuff.
     
  2. smokey mo

    smokey mo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    This project may have just become much easier. A friend just loaned me his old millermatic 35 mig welder. Needed some TLC, so I gave it some.  Cleaned the feed dogs and re-terminated all the cables so they are all new and clean.

    I hope things start to pick up now.  I have much more confidence with a wire welder than with a stick welder. Woo Hoo![​IMG]
     
  3. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You Go MO!!! Looking good...that thing is a Beast!!

    SOB
     
  4. smokey mo

    smokey mo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    First vent is done.  Simple vent design.  Large hole with sliding cover.

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    The tank is in the garage and I am going to start welding the trim and the hinges on tomorrow so I can take the doors off and lighten the load.

    Then start looking at attaching the firebox this weekend.
     
  5. smokey mo

    smokey mo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

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    First door straped hinged and off.  Next door, then line up for the firebox.
     
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  6. smokey mo

    smokey mo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

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    Both doors off and time to start marking for the fire box.
     
  7. smokey mo

    smokey mo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    doors done, tank lifted and firebox in place, next step weld it on the tank.

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     I may take Fathers day off to rest from today. been busy.
     
  8. smokey mo

    smokey mo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

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    And this is what happens when your nephew gets ahold of a piece of chalk...
     
  9. That thing is going to be a beast.
     
  10. smokey mo

    smokey mo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    So after some grinding and scratching my head about legs and wheels to move it out of the garage.  I just decided to build the firebox tray glides. 

    Nothing fancy heavy channel front to back.

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    And the fasteners to pull the doors in tight...
     
  11. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking good man!!!! 

    Looking heavy too. 

    Two skate boards and a good floor jack would do wonders for moving that sucker around. On smooth ground anyways.
     
  12. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    WOW what a great looking build.
     
  13. smokey mo

    smokey mo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I used to move furniture and still have the four wheel dollies that make this a lot easier.  The tank is on casters so I can turn it to cut or weld  when it is flat.  Makes a bad welder better....

    Thanks for the kudos...

    I am still trying to get done before the 4th but I have to work Saturday so that may push me back a bit.
     
  14. smokey mo

    smokey mo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thanks Gary.
     
  15. Holy hell Smokey I'm thinking forum party when this thing is finished!!!! I think this thing could feed us all in one shot! Great build and good luck with it....
     
  16. smokey mo

    smokey mo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    So I am getting close to building shelves and I am wondering how much room should be between them.  Height wise I mean.

    I am thinking first one at the bottom of the door entrance then 8" then 5" above that. Three shelves on each side, maybe the top one just for ABT;s and the like.

    when I figured the areas of each shelf based on those distance I came up with 

    36" X 30.5" = 1098     sq in. Bottom shelf

    33" X 30.5" = 1006.5  sq in. Middle shelf

    27" X 30.5" =   823.5  sq in. Top Shelf

                         2928    sq in. cooking area each side

    Grand Total    5856    sq in. total cooking space.

    I hope someone with a larger lang might help me out with some ideas on the distances between grates.
     
  17. smokey mo

    smokey mo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Well, I think something has gone very right...I worked on a guys house today that is the chairman of the local rod run group. blah blah blah talk talk talk...and I quote 'you make sure when you get that thing done you come see me...I will guarantee that you have a spot to sell you stuff.'  

    This little rod run has about 15,000 people over three days.  There are 75 vendors but only about 6 that do food.  Most of that is carmel corn and hamburgers.  I may need help selling ribs and  pp sammies.   I may need a lot of peppers for ABT's

    Things are looking up.  I am very excited.  I am also waiting on some more shielding gas for the welder...arrrg!
     
  18. Sweet deal on the Hot Rod run. A couple gigs like that should pay for that thing.
     
  19. smokey mo

    smokey mo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member


    Thanks Scott.  

    Yup after using the spreadsheet on catering from this site,one of them would pay for it. I am not sure this year I will be ready for it.  I still have a lot of government garbage to pay for and get through.  Don't think I can afford to do that before the deadline.  I have to have a legal requirements and insurance completed 2 weeks before the start of the show.  I still haven't finished the machine and would like to get a cook or two done before hand.  More work tonight. 

    I started to cut legs out last night but the rain kicked in.  I don't have enough room to weld and grind inside the shop, unless i want to remodel by fire.

    I will just keep plugging away and it will all come together over time.

    Thanks for the support.
     
  20. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I can measure the racks in my R Flow tomorrow night if you like. 

    If I was to tell ya a number tonight I would be just guessing. But I can tell ya that I put in plenty of shelf supports, right now I run a total of 4 shelves, 2 on each side. Perfect for brisket and butts. 

    I could add 2 more shelves to each side if I wanted to do ribs only. With a total of 8 racks I can cook 24 slabs of giant untrimed spares. Or 32 slabs of st louis style(trimmed).

    I bet the hot rod deal is making you want to hurry but remember good things come to those who wait, sometimes.

    Give it time man, get the rig just right. , get happy with it, have all the ins in place and......let the good times roll. That way its not a rush, and you will enjoy it alot more.
     

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