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Unread 12-05-2011, 02:12 PM   #1
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Finally finished my patio cooker! I was working on a cooker design that had the air entering the cooking chamber at the top and working it's way down to exhaust. Sounds okay in theory, but in reality it was not what I was wanting.

After cooking on it a few time, I decided to scrap it and build a offset, reverse flow. Not the prettiest thing in the world but I am sure it will get the job done. Already have plans for another one!
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Nice build!
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Looks good from here! Crank 'er up
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Nice job.
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Looks good congrats!
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Ain't nothing wrong with that!!! Looks a hunnert percent better than some of the ones I saw at Academy Sports the other day! And they are SELLING those LOL
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Thanks guys! You are too kind. I test fired it before I sprayed a couple layers of paint on it, so I know that functionally it works great. I build stuff for a living, usually out of wood, so I am pretty hard on myself when it comes to how things look.

I guess that gives me a goal for the next one, make it look purty!
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I need a stick burner


OH.... beautiful job! Who says it ain't pretty?
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I like it...................I really like it! If you lived next door....I'd borrow that.

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Very cool. I just bought me a new mig welder so I would love some additional closer photos if possible. Thanks
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looks like a great smoker to me.
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Thanks guys! You are too kind. I test fired it before I sprayed a couple layers of paint on it, so I know that functionally it works great. I build stuff for a living, usually out of wood, so I am pretty hard on myself when it comes to how things look.

I guess that gives me a goal for the next one, make it look purty!
My dad is a finish carpenter/cabinet/millworks man and he is the same way... Can build dang near anything out of wood and it look gorgeous... I'm more of a metal man myself! I love welding and fabricating more than wood. To me, metal is more forgiving if you know what you are doing. I ain't never been able to splice a piece of wood together if I cut it too short and it look worth a flip (but a good painter can caulk it) but I have "filled the gap" with metal more than one occassion and an angle grinder with a good grinding disk, another angle grinder with a flap disc, and a die grinder with a deburrin tool is my friend. Oh, that and a ready supply of 7018's!!! The universal "eraser" rods! If I'm not happy with a 6010 or 6011 I can grind em smooth and then run a 7018 over it and it looks marvelous!

Some of my students haven't quite got the hang of welding "pretty" yet and they weld what we refer to as "gorilla tits" but that is ok, a few swipes with a grinder and usually I can make their welds NOT look like a bear's arse sewed up with barbed wire anymore!
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My dad is a finish carpenter/cabinet/millworks man and he is the same way... Can build dang near anything out of wood and it look gorgeous... I'm more of a metal man myself! I love welding and fabricating more than wood. To me, metal is more forgiving if you know what you are doing. I ain't never been able to splice a piece of wood together if I cut it too short and it look worth a flip (but a good painter can caulk it) but I have "filled the gap" with metal more than one occassion and an angle grinder with a good grinding disk, another angle grinder with a flap disc, and a die grinder with a deburrin tool is my friend. Oh, that and a ready supply of 7018's!!! The universal "eraser" rods! If I'm not happy with a 6010 or 6011 I can grind em smooth and then run a 7018 over it and it looks marvelous!

Some of my students haven't quite got the hang of welding "pretty" yet and they weld what we refer to as "gorilla tits" but that is ok, a few swipes with a grinder and usually I can make their welds NOT look like a bear's arse sewed up with barbed wire anymore!
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Thanks for the tips, I used 1/8" 6013's for this build, and for the most part I would say I did ok. Do you think with 7018's you end up with a much nicer looking bead? or is that just what you use to cover up? I have a Lincoln 225 AC stick welder and ran it set at 90 for most of this build. Any advice on if I am in the ballpark on where it should be set at.

I think my other issue was that I used 1/8" steel for the firebox and strapping for around the doors, on the next one everything will be 1/4" so it matches the 20" schedule 10 pipe that I can get.

Being a contractor it drives me nuts to not have the tools that make the job simpler, so right now I am looking at plasma cutters. Of course as a contractor when I say "simpler" that is code speak for faster!!!

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Very cool. I just bought me a new mig welder so I would love some additional closer photos if possible. Thanks
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If I were you I'd take a look at the current Phrasty build, he is an artist when it comes to these cooker builds. Here is a link for his current project:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=121043

Bluehawg also has a build going on right now:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=121382

And here is another one for a previous build by Phrasty:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=88599
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