It has begun

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by mrspooky, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. mrspooky

    mrspooky Smoke Blower

    Yea, I got a  little more done. Got the vents cut out in the door but still got a little cleaning up to do on them. It took a few hours to cut them out with a disk but their done now. Between rain and darkness, I haven't got a lot accomplished.....

     
  2. mrspooky

    mrspooky Smoke Blower

    Sense the "time off" due to rains and such, Iv been trying to get a game plan going as to how Im going to do my welding.  so, Im trying to avoid doing any upside down welding because my welding skills are at best novice. I plan on welding on the legs to the cooker and then flipping the whole thing up on the trailer and then welding the legs to the trailer. What do yall think?  My figuring was that these 2 points (legs attached to tank and legs attached trailer) are the most important because who wants to loose a 600lb chunk of steel going down the road? Im confident about welding in an "down" position but a little hesitant about the upside down thing. 

        Also, I have a question. are there plugs that will screw into the holes where the valves went? Mabe a 3/4 or 1"??  I would much rather plug the holes with removable plugs than to weld the holes up just incase I would like to take them out in the future?

     Thanks

     Spooky
     
  3. lendecatural

    lendecatural Smoking Fanatic

    Hi Spooky,

    Yes, you can get pipe thread plugs at the box hardware stores, Lowes, Home Depot, or local plumbing supply. Swing by there and have a look, but remember 3/4" pipe plug does not measure 3/4" across like it would if it were a bolt. Just put a tape across what you have for the hole and take those numbers and match them up with the plugs in the bin.

    As for your welds, if you keep laying beads like you pictured back in post #69, you can rest assured they will hold. Just make sure you bevel grind and clean the steel before you weld and you should continue to get some good penetration. You can always add cross braces if it doesn't have good mounting points. The triangle truss design is your friend....
     
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  4. mrspooky

    mrspooky Smoke Blower

    SHEEEEWWWWWW.. Got quiet a bit done today. I sealed up all the holes in the bottom except for the 1.5" that Im gonna plug and use for a drain. Got the legs welded on the CC before I put it on the trailer. To me the legs were the hardest part getting plumb and level, remember * when I flip this bad boy over its suppose to fit perfect[​IMG]. What a PITA to flip up by myself.. once I got it stabilized in the vertical position, I tied a rope to the top of it and pulled with all I had. PERFECT[​IMG]!!!!!!  It flipped over and landed on the supports on the trailer, bounced up about 2" and landed spot on!





    Thanks for looking!

    Spooky
     
  5. lendecatural

    lendecatural Smoking Fanatic

    Woohoo, that looks like a "Hold my beer and watch this!" moment! I'm sure you are really glad you got that done with no damage or injury. Congratulations on outsmarting the problem! At least you also know your trailer springs are in good shape.... 
     
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  6. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic

    Nicely done! [​IMG]

    Takes a lot of thought and skillful execution to pull that off.
     
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  7. mrspooky

    mrspooky Smoke Blower

    And a little luck!  Thanks yall for the complements!  The last pic (from behind) looks like the FB is not level but it is,,, The right tire was a little flatter than the other where I had to let the air out to adjust the FB to the CC when I was mating them up..

    Spooky
     
  8. Nothing like Oakie engineering.  Nice job.  Your smoker is coming along well.  And if it continues along this path I can already see one fine cooking machine.
     
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  9. mrspooky

    mrspooky Smoke Blower

    In all my joy and excitement i just noticed something.
    Can I cut through the seam and still use as a door?
     
  10. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic

    Yes. You can have the seam in your door.
     
  11. mrspooky

    mrspooky Smoke Blower

    Didn't get a whole lot done today. I spent most of the day cutting off unneeded parts on the tank and cutting out hinges and brackets. That seems to take about all day when your using a 4" disk. At least I got an idea of whats going on now. Im not done with the hinges yet.



    The door is not cut out,,, I just went a lap around it with the cut wheel so I wouldnt have to re measure.  I have a few questions. #1- When running the chimney in the calculator, do I need to put the FB measurement at 100%, or where I have it now @ 130% to get the right volume? #2- does it matter how many stacks you have as long as you have the proper volume? For example, instead of a 38" tall 5" chimney,,,,, could you have 2- 3" stacks 38" tall? <<<<<I haven't ran these #'s just using as example.

    Thanks

     Spooky
     
  12. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

     
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  13. mrspooky

    mrspooky Smoke Blower

    10/4. Thank you Mr. Dave.

     spooky
     
  14. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You are welcome....
     
  15. mrspooky

    mrspooky Smoke Blower

    I managed to get a little done in the last week. I haven't really been hitting it hard but once I get the FB door mounted and all the strapping on the doors it outta move on.


     
  16. Looking good !!

    Gary S
     
  17. mrspooky

    mrspooky Smoke Blower

    So, took some time off. About 6 months.  Times were hard and needed the trailer for different reasons, like a trailer for the 4wheeler so I cut the smoker off,  reset the axles and that's that. (Made one hell of a "utility" trailer BTW)

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    ALso regrouped on what would suit me best with this RF.  Im going to permanently set it on the patio. After thinking about everything, a trailered smoker is more than I'd need.  Got the stack welded in. Its 4" round and sticks up WAY high. I need to cut it off, just gotta figure out where... I know that theres better options on stacks, but this is what I have on hand and Im trying not to sink anymore$$$$ on this unless necessary.  Ill be mounting the FB door shortly and putting the trim around the FB door and the CC door. Ill try to get some pics tomorrow.

       Thanks for lookin!
     
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  18. Nice  !!!

    Gary
     
  19. sphumbard

    sphumbard Fire Starter

    Build is looking good. Looking forward to seeing pictures.
     
  20. mrspooky

    mrspooky Smoke Blower

    Got hinges started on the FB last night. Maybe by tonight the door will be swingin!
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    Workin in the dark with a generator.
     

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