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Unread 10-11-2012, 12:08 AM   #91
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Outstanding build, and how great to make a great friend from this site. You just gotta love the Brethren. Looking forward to the pics of the first cook. Now that the build is done, and you and Chad have some extra time on your hands, put aside a few hours on Nov the 17th and join us at the Bash . I'll even have my Santa Maria grill fired up.
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Unread 10-11-2012, 12:33 AM   #92
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Dave....thanks! Chad just told me a couple hours ago about the bash. Sounds like it may be a go for us. Will update u as soon as we can solidify it all.

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Unread 10-11-2012, 05:54 PM   #93
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Very nice build indeed, makes my pit look SUPER ghetto

Perhaps I'm missing something, but.....My only concern is how deep it is, gonna have to use A LOT of fuel. I realize the grates lowed down into the pit, but I wouldn't want to have to cook below the exterior surface.
Super ghetto.. Pahlease! we wanted a good working height and then when Mike ran some test burns we realized just that. So Mike worked something out to raise up the fire. I am not sure what it was but I do know it is temporary and we will fix that after we break it in this weekend.

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To you Chad.......5...1...5...0 somebody call the popo............

-Mike
I will get you for this ^^^^^. Mike I am glad that I could help you. I mean after all you built it not me I was just along for the ride. Can't wait to fire that bad boy up this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh and after this weekend I think we should tear it all apart. I just know that there is something off somewhere..

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Outstanding build, and how great to make a great friend from this site. You just gotta love the Brethren. Looking forward to the pics of the first cook. Now that the build is done, and you and Chad have some extra time on your hands, put aside a few hours on Nov the 17th and join us at the Bash . I'll even have my Santa Maria grill fired up.
Your right, you gotta love this place. It is justa big family. It was very cool to meet a new friend and it was pretty awesome seeing our girls connect like they did. That last pic was taken just minutes after they met. A good time was definitely had building this thing. And as far as the Bash goes we will be there, even if I have to kidnap him
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Unread 10-23-2012, 11:16 AM   #94
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Can you please explain a little how the spring tensioner works? How to replicate? The build is awesome & I want to flatter you by borrowing a great idea. BTW, I'm in the middle of my build & want the spring tension over the ratchet system. Your help would be appreciated.
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Unread 10-29-2012, 01:10 PM   #95
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Hi SmokieDylan....first off the credit goes to MartyLeach here in the brethren who had it on his build and answered lots of our questions to help us out. THANK YOU MARTY!

I will try to give you what I know and maybe Marty can give you more info if needed.

We have a 1" solid rod that we made a 3/4 thread on for about 3.5" on the rod we then made washers that had a 1" ID and slipped that on first then we got a porch swing spring from home depot for a few dollars and cut that in half for each side, when then put another washer on there and then finally a 3/4 ID nut to hold everything in place. The more you you tighten it the more the spring compresses and the spring presses up against the washer where it meets the shaft that the rod goes into causing more or less friction to slow/stop the grates.

I have 2 grates on mine 1 of the grates weighs in around 68 lbs. the other about 40 lbs. We've noticed that the larger grate will need a larger spring due to the weight and the smaller grate could have probably worked with a 1/4 of the spring that it has now as it holds very well.

Hope this help!

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Unread 10-29-2012, 03:09 PM   #96
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A+ on the Build
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Unread 10-29-2012, 07:32 PM   #97
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What a great grill and story!
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Please get busy on one of these please.

You got skills man!
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Unread 10-29-2012, 09:18 PM   #99
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Outstanding build, I think that the pit looks just about right for what I learned on. Tim, the gentlemen who taught me, always cooked below the rim of the pit, that was important to them. They said that was why you had the cranks, to lower and raise the meat out of the pit. I love that large fire door that I see as well, again, quite close to the pits I learned on, you can actually open and shovel coals into the fire chamber that way.

Other than the fact that it is ridiculously clean, I can see some very good "Santa Maria" style cooks coming off of that pit. Now, if you build yourself a nice little two level kiln, with a fie grate between the two levels, you can burn the oak splits in the kiln, knock the embers down to the lower level and shovel the hot embers into the cook pit. Allows for longer cooks and less wood consumption, plus, you can control the heat a lot better. Or not.
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Unread 10-29-2012, 10:47 PM   #100
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Bravo boys, that thing looks awesome and now I have one more thing to be jealous of. :thumbup:
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That was a very interesting journey. Your results were fantastic. But the friendship that you gained is the best part of the story. Nice job guys.
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Please get busy on one of these please.

You got skills man!
No sweat T. We got this,
when do you want it.
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Outstanding build, I think that the pit looks just about right for what I learned on. Tim, the gentlemen who taught me, always cooked below the rim of the pit, that was important to them. They said that was why you had the cranks, to lower and raise the meat out of the pit. I love that large fire door that I see as well, again, quite close to the pits I learned on, you can actually open and shovel coals into the fire chamber that way.

Other than the fact that it is ridiculously clean, I can see some very good "Santa Maria" style cooks coming off of that pit. Now, if you build yourself a nice little two level kiln, with a fie grate between the two levels, you can burn the oak splits in the kiln, knock the embers down to the lower level and shovel the hot embers into the cook pit. Allows for longer cooks and less wood consumption, plus, you can control the heat a lot better. Or not.
I am having trouble seeing this Bob. I will definitely bug you at the Bash bout this.

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That was a very interesting journey. Your results were fantastic. But the friendship that you gained is the best part of the story. Nice job guys.
The build was bitchin but the friendship with us and our little girls is just priceless.
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Unread 10-30-2012, 03:49 AM   #104
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Absolutely beautiful!!!
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Amazing project..
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