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Old 02-25-2013, 06:52 PM   #91
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Still having difficulty finding cheap 1/4 inch!
the word cheap and 1/4in should never be said together...unless you find scrap.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:59 PM   #92
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You are correct sir! Finding scrap around here is like looking for a needle in a hay stack!
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:01 PM   #93
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It was sagging dwfisk
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:17 AM   #94
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I'm sorry this post is late, I built a smoker out of one of those beasties myself.. I had no issue with it "springing or sagging". I made the lid's back cut first. I then welded my hinges onto the lid and body before making the rest of the cut. Alignment was perfect. I put my fire box below the main tank, 1/4" steel 4 ft long 16"square with an access door on the end. My actual "firebox" is a pick-up truck fuel tank with one long side removed. By building it separate from the firebox proper I can totally remove the fire at any time by opening the end door and pulling the fire out with with a hook. This makes it VERY easy to add more wood or totally remove the heat if necessary. The sliding door also acts as the damper. Inside, I have two movable heat deflectors that run the full length of the smoker. They are controlled by levers on the outside of the tank. I can roast over an open fire or close them off and smoke. It's an ugly thang, but extremely efficient. I have cooked at least 50 pigs an that beast. It is very easy to controll.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:24 AM   #95
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Sagging? The actual door itself or the tank where the door was cut out?
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:10 AM   #96
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The tank, where I made the top cut for the door. Everything else is ok. I was thinking of using those jack stands, the ones that you use for a house. I figure I can twist that bad boy up and push it back out. What do you guys think??? Need Help fast, cause losing time on my build!
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:29 AM   #97
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I personally don't have any advice to provide other than to say it might be useful to post a pic of what you are up against. Many times having a visual will help get the ideas flowing.... Good luck with your build!
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I'll try and post a pic soon!
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:50 AM   #99
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Also, since I have already posted the video link of my build using a rolled exact replica of your tank there. I have ALWAYS enjoyed my baffle system and duel vents that allowed me to smoke at two different temps.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:00 AM   #100
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What is the link called?
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:15 PM   #101
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OK, think I understand now. Here is how I would try to fix it. Get a good straight edge and some kind of jack. I would probably use a hydraulic bottle jack cause I have several, but a scissors jack or screw jack would probably work as well. Get the edge that has "sagged" top dead center. On the inside of the tank below the TDC edge put some shoring like 4x4 or 4x6 etc. to distribute to load and get the jack closer to the TDC edge. Put some more shoring in between the top of the jack and the TDC edge (like a short 4x4) again I think you want to distribute the load. Carefully jack a little at a time and use the straight edge to monitor progress. Bet you can get it back where it needs to be pretty quick.
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Ok, I will definitely try this out! Thank you very much!
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:15 PM   #103
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Crapy Indiana weather, didn't get anything done! Very disappointed!
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:39 AM   #104
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Hang in there it will come together. I know its tough having to wait, especially with everyone posting such great Q pics all the time, but I find when I get impatient is when I screw up.
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I'll do my best, just wanna get this done before I get busy in the spring! I'll be patient! maybe... lol
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