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Unread 07-07-2013, 09:47 AM   #11054
jlacy
Got rid of the matchlight.
 
Join Date: 07-06-13
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Thumbs up I finally did it.

Found the barrels for $5 on CL.
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They were grease barrels but had the plastic bag liner. Really clean inside but I did a big burn just in case. Then I power washed and hand scrubbed.
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Clean before paint. I touched it up with a wire brush on a grinder first.
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Found the Walmart grate on sale for $10. I just used 1/4" bolts for the rack mount. Works good. Also went with 4 3/4" holes that for now I am using the magnet method of air control. I can always go back and add the nipples, caps and valve if needed.
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Black BBQ Paint. Just keeping it ugly for now.
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Season/test burn. Coated with spay oil and burnt ran for several hours.
Held stead on 325 with 1 and 3/4 holes open. 250 with 1 hole open.
I just hand bent and wired a basket for now.
I will make something better up when I understand a little better what I need. Or maybe I will just use this one for ever!
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Ran some leg quarters just to get the hang of it. I put a little to much wood in but other than that it was very easy to use.
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Turned out good. Better half and kids loved them. On to bigger and better cuts.
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Advice. Just build it. Very easy, cheap and seems to be a capable cooker. Much easier to use than the cheap offsets I have used.
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