New project as a humble beginning

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by fourashleys, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. I've been checking this thread for a while as I am hoping to start my first build with the same exact tank. I'm just wondering if we can get an update? I know the holidays are just ending, and you may not have had anytime to continue, but I am definitely looking forward to more pics and info. Thanks for all the great info I have already received from this thread.
     
  2. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    Hoping to start work on it again thursday. Got a lunch date with my daughter today and then have to process a doe from a buddy and get it ready for jerky tomorrow. Hopefully it's not too cold to work on it this week. Calling for another 6" of snow but as long as the wind isn't blowing I should be able to make some progress. I'll get pics up as I get stuff done.
     
  3. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    Finally got the weather, family, and work schedule to get me a couple of hours progress. I got the handles and the door clamps on. Should be able to button up the project in the next few weeks.

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  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Been following this from the beginning,excellent work so far!
     
  5. bamaboy

    bamaboy Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    SWEET MAN,looks very cool.Is baby girl still helping?I have 3 girls and my youngest is almost 6,she likes to hangout with dad in the garage.got to love it.
     
  6. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    Little one's in school right now but is looking forward to helping build the trailer for it this summer. It's definitly a great way to spend time together.
     
  7. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    Got the vent louvers made and installed today. Starting to look like I can see the finish line.

    Found a use for two more old tire irons.[​IMG]

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  8. I have not been "sucked into" a thread in a while, but gotta say I'm hooked on this one. Can't hardly wait until you get her finished and we can see some qview of it smoking.  Wish I had the talent and money to try something like this but just not in the cards for me right now.  Thanks for sharing all this with us!
     
  9. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    So far I'm right at $450 invested in this thing. I'm having a blast building it and trying to do it as cheap as possible. I'm really looking forward to getting some meat in it and there will be Q-view for sure. Couldn't have gotten this far without all the info and help from the folks on SMF. As far as talent goes, I have more imagination than talent and am quick to let people know I can weld.... I'm not a welder. Thank goodness for flux core welders. The less adjustments I have to figure out, the better off I am. Thanks for watching my beast come to life little by little.
     
  10. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    Got the outlet brackets welded in for the exhaust today. I'm getting antsy realizing how close I'm getting to cooking time.

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    It passed my daughters inspection so I guess we shall continue.[​IMG]
     
  11. Looking great. Can you explain the pic with the outlets for exhaust?

    Is that for the cooking chamber or the firebox?

    I know when I built mine, I couldn't wait to get some meat in it, so I know how antsy you must be. 
     
  12. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    It's for the cook chamber. Once again I'm on a tight budget sousing what I have instead of buying tools right now.
     
  13. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    KC maybe this will help. I got the 90's for the exhaust mocked up. A few holes and bolts and I'll be ready to mount the stacks.

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  14. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    man that is going to be one great smoker.. Real nice job [​IMG]
     
  15. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Can't wait to see the finish on this project.
     
  16. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    Got the stacks on today. Just gotta get the grating on the racks and a few minor details and we are ready to SMOKE!

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  17. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thats looking Fantastic!!!!!!!

    Nice work.
     
  18. That is one fine looking rig. Been following this thread for a while and can't wait to see some Qveiw.

    Why did you build the stacks above the firebox? I'm about to start a very similar build, and am gathering as many notes as possible.

    Congrats on the build. She's a beauty.
     
  19. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Man this just gets better everyday. Awesome job Dude!
     
  20. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    It's a reverse flow. The exhaust needs to be on the firebox end so the smoke can make the trip under the plate and then come across your meat on the way out.
     

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