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Unread 02-23-2013, 08:10 AM   #76
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Well day 1 of the build went ok... Gonna cut the lid, hinge it, and burn again. Don't think I got a good enough burn yesterday! I was thinking of using the round bar with square tubing for hinges. Any input Brethren on this??? Will upload more pics today! Any and all suggestions or comments are welcome. I would rather someone tell me I'm doing it wrong before I do it! lol
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Unread 02-23-2013, 09:48 PM   #77
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Day 2 went well! We cut the lid and got a good burn!
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Here are some pics from our burn! Didn't get the hinges on before the burn. Need to refill my tanks to finish. smoker build burn 1.jpg

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To paraphrase Mic Dundee, "now that's a burn"!
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To paraphrase Mic Dundee, "now that's a burn"!
Hahaha! It was so hot, used the heat to heat up the metal chairs we were sitting in! I'm struggling with the fb size though. I have figured 35x35x35 Does this sound to big brethren??? Need some input on this one! If I could go smaller I would like too!

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Heading to fill tanks today, finishing hinges hopefully! Still trying to figure out FB size? Trying to go smaller than 35x35x35. How small can I go???
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It's always fun watching a new build!

Anyway, if my calculations are correct heres how I would do it!!!

Chamber volume-- 75.39 cu ft.
box needs to be 1/3 of that which is 25.13 cu ft.
The box I would build would be 3X3X3, which yeilds 27 cu ft.

Once you build the rack in it to let the ash fall through you would be just slightly over 25 cu ft.

Hopes this helps. I would recomend insulating the box, the cost for the insulation is around $40 plus the metal for the outer box but it really help with heat control and it uses alot less wood.
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Just a thought. When I built mine and cut the door out it "sprung" about 3/4 inch, guess it was relearing tension from years of use as a pressure tank. Anyhow, you might want to check the fit, especially after that hot burn, if you need to tweak it a little it would probably be easier before weldingbthe hinges on. A little care now should help insure a good airtight fit.
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dwfisk, it did spring about 3/4, how do I fix that? The lip where I would weld the hinges did drop. Not sure how to fix it?

Muscrat, is that calc. 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet? How do I figure cubic feet in a 550 gallon tank? 72"x48"
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Either way you look at it thats going to be a Bigggg A*% Firebox! LOL Looks great bro.. sorry i forgot to post the pics.. got home and KO'd i see you got them on here though.. Looks Great!
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I finally figured it out! Can't figure out how I'm going to fix the sag though... Need some Senior Brethren advice.
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Just so we are speaking the same language, when you say "spring" & "sag" I'm picturing what mine did; it opened up a little to a new larger radius. I used a continuous piano hinge across the whole top opening. Welded it up tight, put a 2x4 longer than the door is wide at about the midpoint of the opening and forced the bottom edge to pinch in with straps, chains and load binders a little at a time. It worked but it was a pain in the arse, not an optimal fix. One of the other recent build threads had a pretty good solution, I'll try and find it. As I remember it was essentially a pipe clamp to pull it back into round. Maybe someone else can add a helping hand here.

Here is the link I was thinking about, look about 1/2 way down in the pics & narrative.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...0&postcount=18

Maybe Pappy can help out. Looks like a much better solution than mine.
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bent angle iron fixed mine bro.. we cut lil wedges in the 1 inch angle iron and bent it using a block of wood and a hammer.. and welded those to the doors.. that bent it a little to much.. then we cut slits in the angle iron. to let the door pull it back... and rewelded the slit closed... worked like a charm.. but we didn't have a torch.. just grinder and welder.. and some clamps...
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Ok, I'll talk to my Welding partner, and let him read both posts. Thanks DHQ and dwfisk.
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Still having difficulty finding cheap 1/4 inch!
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