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Unread 08-14-2013, 10:33 AM   #31
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Unread 08-14-2013, 10:40 AM   #32
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i'm sure that 55 gallon drum will serve you fine for a while, but you might want to look into a similar sized propane tank, much thicker walls.

Also, for metal cutting blades, check out the milwaukee torch, they're farking great!
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Definitely Look for something else for a Firebox.. Unless you don't plan on using it much.. or You just like Rebuilding something you have already built.. Its always best to build it right the first time.. instead of Rebuilding it later.. IMHO
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FINALLY! I solved the welder vs old breaker box problem!

I found a 50 amp breaker online and ordered it. When It came I swapped it for the 30 amp that was in the box and PRESTO!

Pay no attention to my crappy welds- this is the first thing I've ever welded.





Progress should go a lot faster now that I can actually assemble things!
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Unread 09-13-2013, 10:08 AM   #35
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I finally made progess worth writing about.



Got the brace for the basket rails cut and welded. This will keep the rails aligned during the install.



Smoke transfer tube fully welded inside and out. I pretty much used the inside welds as "practice." My welds are still pretty ugly, but that's why god invented angle grinders!



Fire Basket 85% complete. My neighbor, Bill, was a welder and fabricator for 30 years. He volunteered to bend the mesh for me and welded a few of the seams. I cut the rails and corner pieces and assembled everything. Just have to fabricate and attach the front of the drawer and trim the exp. metal down so all 4 sides are even.

Work till 10pm today and go back in at 6am tomorrow, so I probably won't get any more done until sunday. But if I do, I'll be posting more.

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Looking great!
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All they need is a good coat of paint from time to time and they'll last a long time, but your right they will rust if not properly maintained.
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Got some more work done today:



Finished welding on the hinges and cutting doors. Thanks to my neighbor, Bill, for making the hinges out of 3/8" steel for me.



Also, put a wire cup brush on my angle grinder and cleaned up the drum so I can start assembling the fire box.

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Looking good!
Have to appreciate helpful neighbors.
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This is gonna be sick...
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comin along....I think your welds are kind of artsy
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Looks great! I love welding even though I suck at it. It is fun and rewarding.
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Looking very cool!
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looking good so far keep up the good work
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Nice build, however I would like to give you a word of caution regarding the changing out the 30 amp breaker with a 50. That 30 amp was there to protect a 30 amp circuit(depending on the type of wire), which is probably #10 wire. A 50 amp breaker will allow at least 50 amps to flow through that wire which is too much and will, over time cause the wire to break down and or melt before tripping. Just a word of caution to avoid "killing your buzz" while building an awesome cooker. You really should identify (if you haven't already) the size and type of wire that make up that circuit.
After all, we do not want smoke BEFORE you are done.
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