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Unread 01-17-2012, 07:07 PM   #16
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Great lookin build!
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Unread 01-17-2012, 09:24 PM   #17
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Looking good so far! If I could give you a little beginner's advice: Take the extra time and grind off the mill scale on the surfaces to be welded. You will get much better penetration and a prettier bead.
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Unread 01-18-2012, 01:59 PM   #18
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Looking good so far! If I could give you a little beginner's advice: Take the extra time and grind off the mill scale on the surfaces to be welded. You will get much better penetration and a prettier bead.
All advice is welcome! I've been trying to clean up the pieces before I weld them but I'll admit to being spotty at it at best. And for the large 1/4" I definitely just dropped it in and started welding without giving it another thought. Thanks for the reminder.
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Unread 01-18-2012, 03:58 PM   #19
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Cleaning is always good, I would only use abrasives and stay away from chemicals. Brake cleaner is a popular thing to use among gearheads to clean grease and grime from metal but if heated produces deadly gasses.
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Trent, how is it coming?
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Just got back from spending two weeks in Chicago so no updates lately. Plan to get over and work on it once or twice this week. I'm close to the point where I'm going to either bend the sheet for the interior or find someone close to do it. I'm hoping Storms in Victoria or Cologne will be able to do it. I'm hoping to bring the whole unit in and have them bend the interior and exterior sheeting all at once.



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It's looking great so far! Nice work!
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Finally got a chance to spend some quality time with my build today and had a really good day. Made a lot of progress and was real happy with the fit of the panels I cut out. It's almost like I knew what I was doing.

Got the floor of the firebox welded in along with all 3 panels of the meat chamber. I still need to weld the bottom of the panels to the floor but I ran out of time. Everything was cut with Zip Wheels and while they do a great job it takes a bit of time making straight 4ft long cuts.



Welds are getting better too I think. I really love the MIG welder, makes it so easy.



Starting to look like a smoker almost.



Been thinking about the firebox and have a couple ideas.

One idea is to have the firebox attached to the door and have the whole thing on sliders so it pulls out all as one piece. Would make it nice and easy for filling and cleaning and the handle would be on the outside so even when the fire has been going for hours it would be easy to slide out far enough to add more lump or whatever.

The other idea is to have a normal hinged door and a firebox separate that still is on sliders and pulls out. May be easier to build and seems like the more standard approach but I'm not sure if there are some benefits to it that I'm not thinking of or what. One advantage would be for keeping the door open while starting the fire to let it breathe, but even with the first option I think I would be fine if I just left it slid out an inch or two, that would be quite a bit of air. I'm also going to have a 25CFM Stoker fan hooked up to it so air shouldn't be a problem.

Thoughts? And thanks for looking.

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Glad I got stop by and take a look at it in person today!
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Coming together quite nicely!
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Lookin good
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Looking good!
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That looks like it is gonna be a really nice cooker:)

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Thanks guys.

Was good to see you yesterday Ryan.

Dan, your build is still an inspiration for this one. I assume you got your cooker sold?
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Been thinking about the firebox and have a couple ideas.

One idea is to have the firebox attached to the door and have the whole thing on sliders so it pulls out all as one piece. Would make it nice and easy for filling and cleaning and the handle would be on the outside so even when the fire has been going for hours it would be easy to slide out far enough to add more lump or whatever.

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Thoughts? And thanks for looking.

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I would think you'd want to keep the door and the firebox separate, just so you don't have to slide out the firebox every time you want to peek at the fire. I would definitely put it on rails so you can slide it out easily, and add a handle. That's one thing my backwoods doesn't have, so it's a bit of a pain to slide in and out to add charcoal or chunks of wood.

Also, you may want to check on the size of the fan for the stoker. I have a fatboy and use the 5cfm with no issue. 25cfm may be overkill.
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