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dwfisk 01-20-2013 02:37 PM

New build w/pics
My new custom rig my sons and I built on an old 6’ X 10’ utility trailer.

These shots show my old 24” SS gas smoker (Sam’s Club circa 2004); a custom 2’ x 6’ offset wood burner & firebox; a new 19” x 40” direct heat grill; a 30” x 48” prep table with cooler/storage below; a job box I added for storing all my cast iron, cooking supplies, etc.; and, finally a couple of propane bottles mounted on the trailer tongue. The bottom ½ of the old SS gas smoker/oven provides storage for a 55,000 btu gas burner for frying or seafood boils. Part of my motivation was to get all my “cooking stuff” in one place and out of my shop.

I guess this thing is called a hybrid because we made the tuning plates adjustable so we can setup for traditional offset or reverse flow. The expanded metal cooking grates are 24” X 52”. The firebox is ¼” plate 22”w X 24”d X 18”h with an internal expanded metal fire basket and I lined it with firebrick. I’m trying to season the top of the firebox by keeping it oiled during and after each cook.

This is a shot from our second cook using the new smoker. With the top cooking grate removed we did a 55 pound hog (my first), pot of beans and a couple of 8 pound butts. We also did a 13 pound turkey but it came off before we took this shot. Everything was great!

My sons and I have learned a bunch building this rig in large part with information we found on this forum. I just wanted to shout out a big THANKS to all the Brethren who answer questions, share links and just contribute your opinions.

mykeystoy 01-20-2013 02:49 PM

Nice looking set up! pretty bight paint job, makes me wonder how long before it starts to darken around the openings.

Oldbob 01-20-2013 03:17 PM

Great Looking Setup...NiceJob !!

Sunra 01-21-2013 09:37 AM

Nice setup Lovin it!

Militant83 01-21-2013 11:10 AM

Nice rig you made there

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linkage 01-21-2013 11:14 AM

That looks fantastic! I want one just like it.

Twelvegaugepump 01-21-2013 04:58 PM

Where did you get the high temp colored paint? Looks great!

bluetang 01-21-2013 05:03 PM

Killer build there Bro. Gator nation!:clap2:

dwfisk 01-21-2013 05:23 PM

All, thanks for the kind words.
Twelvegaugepump: I used a rattle can product called VHT Flameproof. Here is a link:
But, I've gotta say I consider this is a work in progress. The paint goes on kinda weird, almost like a powdercoat dusting then you have to "cure" it per the instructions on the can & link above. I cured by using progressively hotter charcoal fires checked with my infared automotive temp laser gun thing. It was not to hard to hit the temp marks, but I am starting to see a little discoloring after a few long cooks. The blue (not-so-hot surfaces) is just Rustoluem Royal Blue industrial paint that comes in gallons or quart from any big box - we have had good luck with it around the farm. So far so good, I'll try to remember to update my results after some more cookin.

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