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Old 04-09-2013, 04:13 PM   #76
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No problem. If I had to guess, I'd say 1/4" thick. Like I said earlier, I have no experience welding. I had no idea that it was easier to weld 2 things the same thickness together.

I may just take the smoker to the welder, and ask what he recommends.
I think that would the best idea. You may take him something and then he suggests something else, might as well get his recommendation.
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:50 PM   #77
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I think that would the best idea. You may take him something and then he suggests something else, might as well get his recommendation.
To add to that...if you develop a business relationship with a local welder/fabricator, try to barter BBQ with future welding jobs, yielding a win-win scenario.
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:11 PM   #78
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To add to that...if you develop a business relationship with a local welder/fabricator, try to barter BBQ with future welding jobs, yielding a win-win scenario.
Oh yeah! welders (and mechanics) are good to know

glad I do both LOL ( I am a retired mechanic by trade)
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:16 PM   #79
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What is the box on top of the firebox?
Is it a warmer? Does it have an exhaust?
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:58 PM   #80
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Hey guys, just another option if you have any trouble sourcing tubing. I'm assuming all the discussion about 6 inch refers to round tubing. If round is OK, custom exhausts for big rigs are often made of 6 inch but it will be thinner wall, plenty for a smoker exhaust but whoever does the welding needs to be careful - it's not difficult just need to know what you are doing. I used exhaust tubing welded to my 1/4 thick tank and it works fine, its also comparatively cheap. Developing a relationship with the shop that will do the welding and listening to their recommendation is really solid advice.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:49 PM   #81
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What is the box on top of the firebox?
Is it a warmer? Does it have an exhaust?
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It's just a warming rack without intakes or exhaust
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:50 PM   #82
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Metal Supermarket will cut them any length I want. I'll get them to cut two 20" pipes. Then, hopefully the welder won't charge me an arm and a leg to put them on (I really need to learn to weld)!
All you have to do is buy a flux core wire feed welder, watch a few you tube videos . Then you are on your way to welding .
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And get a pile of scrap steet - paractice, practice practice, then some more practice!

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All you have to do is buy a flux core wire feed welder, watch a few you tube videos . Then you are on your way to welding .
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:53 PM   #84
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All you have to do is buy a flux core wire feed welder, watch a few you tube videos . Then you are on your way to welding .

oh sure

dont forget he will have to remove the old stack, cut a hole for a new one, fab up an elbow or whatever it may need and weld it on his brand new smoker and make it look half way decent

yeah go watch some u tube and have at it LOL
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We got a pit a few weeks ago from the same guys and we're loving it, but still figuring it all out. The first cook took us 2hrs to get it up to temp and we struggled with getting it above 230 degrees according to the door thermo. The 2nd cook we were able to get it closer to 240 and a few weeks ago we hit 270. With that being said, the last time I took a wireless thermo and put it in different places on the two racks and found that my internal temps were WAY hotter than the door thermo stated. We were up to 300 in the top left corner and running at the door thermo temp in the bottom right corner.

Have you checked the variance of temps inside the pit? The door thermo isn't always a great representation. Let me know how it works out though because we would like to get higher temps (or have the choice) and if Brad changes out your stacks I might contact him and see if they'll do ours as well.
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No problem. If I had to guess, I'd say 1/4" thick. Like I said earlier, I have no experience welding. I had no idea that it was easier to weld 2 things the same thickness together.

I may just take the smoker to the welder, and ask what he recommends.
It is 1/4" thick. We have the same smoker.
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Have you checked the variance of temps inside the pit? The door thermo isn't always a great representation. Let me know how it works out though because we would like to get higher temps (or have the choice) and if Brad changes out your stacks I might contact him and see if they'll do ours as well.
I bought 2 oven thermometers this weekend and the left side was about +20 h than then the door thermo and -20 on the right side.
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Thanks for all the info gentleman!! I can't wait till the weekend to try mine out for the first time
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:12 AM   #89
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Quick Update:

I've sources the 6" pipe. I'm getting them to cut me two 21" pieces. The welder said that he can do the work while I'm there. I'm going to try to sneak out of work early today or tomorrow to get it done.

I'll post the results (with pics) as soon as it's done.
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I bought 2 oven thermometers this weekend and the left side was about +20 h than then the door thermo and -20 on the right side.
I am so glad you checked! We see similar variances inside our pit too. I did a full day cook on a couple butts and moved my thermo all over the pit to find the differences in the temps so I could track it for cooks. I know exactly where to put different cuts now :).
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