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Old 11-25-2012, 02:33 PM   #1
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So I have been building this pit for about 5 months. I plan to have it powder coated, and it is currently sand blasted. Main chamber is 24''x 3'3" with a 3/8" wall thickness. My firebox is 18"x 3'2" with a 1/2" wall thickness. It is trimmed out with stainless flat bar as the flanging for the door which will be polished to a high shine. I designed everything on her. I am super proud of the hinges I designed, and spent forever rounding, and polishing. It is reverse flow, and last night proved it ran like a champ. Shooting a laser on the top of the fire box and getting a reading of nearly 400 degrees got me thinking of a warming box. If I were to put a warming box( I guess that is what they are called) above my fire box how hot could it get. Do they just warm or could pies be cooked in them? I would go flush with the sides of my firebox, and tie into my main chamber. Not sure how high I want to go. Looking for ideas, and advice. 533881_10200210051352615_555808895_n.jpg

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Old 11-25-2012, 02:38 PM   #2
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very nice lookin' cooker!
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:12 PM   #3
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Jealous for sure... wish I had the talent to weld something like that!

As far as the oven type box goes - the more trapped surface area from the top of your box - the better heat you can get. I would focus on having an ability to vent more / less based on warming needs. I would imagine that with the right amount of control and sealing in the door you could cook a pie or cobbler in there easily. Additionally with good sealing I don't see why you couldn't go with more than one shelf in there to add more cook space.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:40 PM   #4
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Very nice pit. How will the powder coat hold up to the heat?
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:46 PM   #5
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Nice pit, how much does it weigh, 3/8" cooking chamber and 1/2" firebox wow very thick metal.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:04 PM   #6
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Nice pit. Why so tall on the smoke stack?
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:07 PM   #7
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It weighs around a 1000 lbs. The powder coating I am going to use is good for up to 1200 degrees F. Thinking Green Illiusion on the pit, Metallic black doors, and polish stainless trim. Thinking about doing the heat box flush with the sides of the fire box on all sides stopping just before my smoke stack in height, and 45ing the top corners. Double doors on the front. Same hinges same trim. Thoughts?
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:20 PM   #8
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Cause it looks nice, and to keep smoke out of my face :) getting good air flow so no reason to change it.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:32 PM   #9
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Here is a link to the powder http://forrestpaint.com/uploads/imag...rightcc300.pdf
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:50 PM   #10
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Cause it looks nice, and to keep smoke out of my face :) getting good air flow so no reason to change it.
You may need to put a blinking red light on top so the FAA doesn't complain though. J/K

Very nice looking pit. I bet it is a pleasure to use.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:42 PM   #11
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Nice looking Pit!! You got more patience than me. To answer the Warming box ? It's do able you will need to vent excess heat VIA an additional stack and opening with a Damper to the main Chamber so if you want it hotter you close down on the damper.
Here is a good visual from a build a friend did he forgot more than I'll ever know.http://www.texasbbqforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=18210
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