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Old 06-05-2013, 06:38 PM   #31
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First class job. Going to be some tasty Q coming off of that.
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:38 PM   #32
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Thanks. With the experience and quality you and Tyler do, your's is a special compliment. Just a thought: I'm really impressed with the temp stability and cooking volume of this thing with only a 26"x26" footprint. We will see how it cooks this weekend but I'm thinking it will be good. Upgrade this concept to 11 gage steel quality drum (this thin wall water well tank was really a PITA to work with, but hey it was free) and I bet it would be a great "patio model" for folks that have space limitations and don't really need a trailer rig. Thanks again.
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dwfisk Jam up Jam up I do mean a jam up job!!!!!!! Man I love that, you and your son have built a beauty!!!!!!!
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:50 PM   #33
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Great build, nice skills!
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:53 PM   #34
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Wow man that is cool!! Great work!
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:25 PM   #35
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Holy moly - that is excellent!
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:01 PM   #36
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Dude, that's awesome. Thanks for sharing and enjoy.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:13 PM   #37
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Nice job! I was wondering how it would hold heat?
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:25 PM   #38
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Awesome build Dave.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:30 PM   #39
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How far are you down I-75? I might need to make a midnight requisition! Nicely done.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:35 PM   #40
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Mighty Fine Sir!

That is an expansion tank used in chill water and boiler applications in the HVAC plant applications. It's designed to contain a rubber blater that expands and contracts according to water temp to maintain a constant pressure within the closed loop system.

You and Your Son did one heck of a job on it. I may have to condemn one at one of my plants and call for instructions! ;D
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:50 PM   #41
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Very Nice Build
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Great looking smoker Dave! You do nice work!
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:32 AM   #43
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From the two seasoning burns it feels like it's going to hold temps fine in the 250*-350* range by adding splits every 2 hours. I'm a little surprised given the thin walls, but I have noticed we get a lot of radiant heat off that 5/16 baffle. But then, while I think it's thin from a builder's standpoint, it is heavier than a UDS or WSM so I'm sure it will cook fine. We will find out for sure this weekend.
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Nice job! I was wondering how it would hold heat?
You described it perfectly, but this one was on a water well on some property friends purchased recently. My understanding is they don't go bad very often, but if the rubber blater does develop a leak like this one they are trashed. Found it laying in the woods near where it had been replaced with a new tank.
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That is an expansion tank used in chill water and boiler applications in the HVAC plant applications. It's designed to contain a rubber blater that expands and contracts according to water temp to maintain a constant pressure within the closed loop system.

You and Your Son did one heck of a job on it. I may have to condemn one at one of my plants and call for instructions! ;D
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LOVE IT!. thats awesome. is it charcoal based and then the splits go on top? or do you just light the splits?

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Little bit of kindling and splits. I start the fire with splits trimmed down to about 2"x2"x18", get the coal bed hot then go with 2 full size splits every couple hours. This unit appears to hold temp so well we may need to stay with the smaller splits to have a smaller fire.

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Damn Dude you got Skills - That was Freakin Amazing. I wish I had the gift to see a piece of crap and see in it what you did. That is unreal.
Yea, it's kind of an addiction. Almost every time I spot a tank laying around I'm thinkng "how would that work as a smoker"? - galvanized excepted!

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I like it. One thing I might add is a tool to pull out the fire box. nice build.
Yep, we use about 3 feet of 3/8 rebar bend a 6" triangular handle welded back to the shaft at one end, bend a 2" 90* hook on the other end and sharpen the point. If you have a fire, you just gotta play with it!
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:41 AM   #45
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Wow! That is one sweet resurrection.
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