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Unread 12-30-2011, 02:34 PM   #76
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Hey, I meant to post in your other thread as an after thought, have you thought about hi temp painting the tank body since it will never get hot enough to burn it off, and then for the firebox heat it up with a weed burner or rose bud torch until dark blue and then apply either pam spray or lard to season it and keep it from rusting?

I did this with my SJ UDS barrel and 2 years later it barely has any spots that are rusting... If you do it hot enough it won't be sticky at all, just like a CI skillet. If it doesn't work you can always reheat it with the torch to burn it off and then paint it...
I think I have decided that I am going to go with some 1200 degree hi-temp paint. I will take it somewhere to have in sandblasted and then bring it to my garage and paint it. Then I will give it a good oiling and fire it up, I will keep oiling the firebox each time I cook.

If that doesn't seem to work, then I may give the old CI skillet treatment a try.
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Unread 01-03-2012, 11:02 AM   #77
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Finally got another day to work on the cooker and was able to finish up the fabrication. Tomorrow I will be giving it a test fire, I will re-calibrate all my thermometers tonight so I can get some accurate readings on what the temp levels are like during my test fire tomorrow. I have a pit thermometer coming that should be here in the next couple days.

Started off by adding a handle/latch to the firebox door.


A removable wood/coal basket for the firebox.


Added a shelf on the end and fabrication is complete!






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Great Work!
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Bet you're stoked!!
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Killer build!
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Shes a beaut clark!

Can't wait to see it fired up!
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Fanfarkingtastic! I wish I had skills like that.

A thought I just had - have you thought about putting some kind of grommet or other type entry point for probe wires? I have a little gap by the door hinge in my offset, and in my UDS & MUDS I put a grommet for temp probes - comes in handy sometimes.
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Fanfarkingtastic! I wish I had skills like that.

A thought I just had - have you thought about putting some kind of grommet or other type entry point for probe wires? I have a little gap by the door hinge in my offset, and in my UDS & MUDS I put a grommet for temp probes - comes in handy sometimes.
I will be putting in some sort entry point, probably two or three. Just have to figure out where I want them!
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Nice work Ryan, wish I wasn't working tomorrow or I'd come over and smell the smoke.
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That is a FINE lookin' smoker... Plenty of cooking space, yet compact. I LIKE IT!
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Great job Ryan. I knew it would turn out great. If I can offer a suggestion, put a cross brace between the 2 legs under the fire box. It will add a good bit of rigidity. Without it, there will be a good bit of lateral pressure on those legs when moving it. Don't ask me how I learned this lesson
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I just had another thought. If you want to dress it up a little bit, I bet Marty Leach could make you a cool maple or walnut handle for the end of your firebox handle/latch. That way, it wouldn't be too hot to touch and it would look good.
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I just had another thought. If you want to dress it up a little bit, I bet Marty Leach could make you a cool maple or walnut handle for the end of your firebox handle/latch. That way, it wouldn't be too hot to touch and it would look good.
Marty does make some sweet looking handles! I actually have more experience working with wood than I do with metal so I could turn out a decent handle, maybe I should make a Husker Logo handle, that way if they play bad I can just toss the thing in the fire!
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The test fire is still in progress, so far it is going better than I could have imagined. I started with a chimney full of charcoal and added 4 small spilts to get the cooker up to temp. Took it up to 350 before closing down the air intakes. So far I have been adding 2 small splits (8-10 inches X 3 inches) and a handful of charcoal every 40-45 minutes. Outside temp is 20 degrees, cooker sitting in the shade, not much wind.

Size of my fire


Very pleased with the temp ranges that I have inside the cooking chamber. I like to cook between 240 - 280, so this should make it very easy to do so! I should note that these temps are with the small fire and 5 of the intakes completely closed, the other intake is maybe 1/4 open, if that. I don't think I will have any trouble roasting chickens at 350+ by adding more fuel and opening up the intakes.


And, no I am not doing the test fire inside of my garage! I just used this pic to show the temp ranges.
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