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Unread 01-20-2013, 02:37 PM   #1
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My new custom rig my sons and I built on an old 6’ X 10’ utility trailer.

These shots show my old 24” SS gas smoker (Sam’s Club circa 2004); a custom 2’ x 6’ offset wood burner & firebox; a new 19” x 40” direct heat grill; a 30” x 48” prep table with cooler/storage below; a job box I added for storing all my cast iron, cooking supplies, etc.; and, finally a couple of propane bottles mounted on the trailer tongue. The bottom ½ of the old SS gas smoker/oven provides storage for a 55,000 btu gas burner for frying or seafood boils. Part of my motivation was to get all my “cooking stuff” in one place and out of my shop.

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I guess this thing is called a hybrid because we made the tuning plates adjustable so we can setup for traditional offset or reverse flow. The expanded metal cooking grates are 24” X 52”. The firebox is ¼” plate 22”w X 24”d X 18”h with an internal expanded metal fire basket and I lined it with firebrick. I’m trying to season the top of the firebox by keeping it oiled during and after each cook.

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This is a shot from our second cook using the new smoker. With the top cooking grate removed we did a 55 pound hog (my first), pot of beans and a couple of 8 pound butts. We also did a 13 pound turkey but it came off before we took this shot. Everything was great!

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My sons and I have learned a bunch building this rig in large part with information we found on this forum. I just wanted to shout out a big THANKS to all the Brethren who answer questions, share links and just contribute your opinions.
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Unread 01-20-2013, 02:49 PM   #2
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Nice looking set up! pretty bight paint job, makes me wonder how long before it starts to darken around the openings.
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Great Looking Setup...NiceJob !!
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Nice setup Lovin it!
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Nice rig you made there


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That looks fantastic! I want one just like it.
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Where did you get the high temp colored paint? Looks great!
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Killer build there Bro. Gator nation!
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All, thanks for the kind words.
Twelvegaugepump: I used a rattle can product called VHT Flameproof. Here is a link: http://www.vhtpaint.com/products/flameproof/
But, I've gotta say I consider this is a work in progress. The paint goes on kinda weird, almost like a powdercoat dusting then you have to "cure" it per the instructions on the can & link above. I cured by using progressively hotter charcoal fires checked with my infared automotive temp laser gun thing. It was not to hard to hit the temp marks, but I am starting to see a little discoloring after a few long cooks. The blue (not-so-hot surfaces) is just Rustoluem Royal Blue industrial paint that comes in gallons or quart from any big box - we have had good luck with it around the farm. So far so good, I'll try to remember to update my results after some more cookin.
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