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Unread 10-03-2013, 10:02 PM   #16
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Need a little help in figuring out draft holes in the bottom. Since I am build a vertical I haven't quite figured out what dimensions to put in the field in Feldon's BBQ Pit Builder to get a good answer. using the following dimensions:
Fire crate will be 5" above the bottom
cylinder cook chamber 24" dia x 24 long
fire box dim round 24" X 18" long
fire box intake round 2" holes
it states 7.78 holes which would be 4 holes per side.
With the proper spacing the holes seem like they will be, basically all the way around the bottom of the smoker.

I was looking at putting in 3 x 2" holes on opposite sides at grate level with a sliding dampener. Will that be sufficient enough??

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Unread 10-03-2013, 10:32 PM   #17
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3ea - 2" holes? 1 hole per damper? I think it would be enough. If not - adding holes ain't that hard. Make the damper longer- rectangle so if u need to add holes the same slide damper can damper 2 holes.
DWFisk has 1- 4" intake on his.
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Unread 10-03-2013, 10:58 PM   #18
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If target would of had 50 of those grates I would have bought them all! Nice score!!
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Unread 10-04-2013, 09:52 PM   #19
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3ea - 2" holes? 1 hole per damper? I think it would be enough. If not - adding holes ain't that hard. Make the damper longer- rectangle so if u need to add holes the same slide damper can damper 2 holes.
DWFisk has 1- 4" intake on his.
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Will do. Thanks for the help.

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If target would of had 50 of those grates I would have bought them all! Nice score!!
Yea, for once I stumbled into a really good deal.

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Got some more done today. I didn't get to put in any damper work because this took more time than I thought. Got the smoker door lip welded in as well as the meat door lip. Weled on the smoker door hinges. I have a slight gap in the closed position. I hope the latches will seal it up. If not I will have to get some type of gasket. Waiting on removeable hinges to arrive for the meat door. Welded up a grate out of 3/8 rebar. Need expanded metal for the basket. Still need to make the ash tray, weld in stand offs for the racks make the dampers, and cap the ends. I am going to make some type of dome for the top. I don't like the idea of a flat top accumulating build up and dripping down on the food.
I need to get this thing done before the weather turn too cold.
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Unread 10-07-2013, 12:51 AM   #21
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Looking Good.
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Getting interesting.
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Need a little help in figuring out draft holes in the bottom. Since I am build a vertical I haven't quite figured out what dimensions to put in the field in Feldon's BBQ Pit Builder to get a good answer. using the following dimensions:
Fire crate will be 5" above the bottom
cylinder cook chamber 24" dia x 24 long
fire box dim round 24" X 18" long
fire box intake round 2" holes
it states 7.78 holes which would be 4 holes per side.
With the proper spacing the holes seem like they will be, basically all the way around the bottom of the smoker.

I was looking at putting in 3 x 2" holes on opposite sides at grate level with a sliding dampener. Will that be sufficient enough??

Thanks Dino
As indicated we have 1@4", it is just a short length of 4" exhaust tubing from a muffler shop. We used the same size for our exhaust stack so we are matched up at about 12.5 sq in in & out. Works fine: we run the exhaust wide open all the time and the intake wide open to get started then probably 25%-50% during a cook. I would think any combination that gives you close to the 12.5 sq in would work fine. A note, we put ours directly under the firebox door, I would suggest moving one or more to the sides, ours can conflict with the firebox door; not a big deal but it can be avioded.

Finally, you can get gasket material at bbqgaskets.com.
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dwfisk,

Thanks for the help. I found the door clamps like you used at Grainger. Pick them up tomorrow. Didn't even think of looking what you did for the exhaust. I have a 3" piece of pipe for the exhaust from SmittyJonz's input so I will take your suggestion and run with it.

Thanks again for the inputs.

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I got a line on an 80 gallon compressor tank- I made an offer and he counter offered - if he gets serious I may go get it this weekend and build my own version
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I got a line on an 80 gallon compressor tank- I made an offer and he counter offered - if he gets serious I may go get it this weekend and build my own version
Did you get it??

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He's not negotiating so I'm waiting cuz I'm in middle of converting a propane cabinet smoker to Charcoal.

But I'm gonna build one sooner or later.
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Unread 10-20-2013, 08:52 PM   #29
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Made so more progress today. Had to stop a little early becasue it started snowing and was getting things wet.

Cut up the expanded metal for the charcoal basket, didn't get to welding it up.
Welded up the frame and got the wheels installed. Still need work
Drilled the holes in the bottom plate to mount to the frame.
Cut out and welded in the intakes.
Made dampers (still need a little work)
Welded on the hinges and a handle on the meat door.
Welded on the latches on both doors.

Still need:
Weld up ash tray
Weld up chacoal baskey
Weld on top
Install chimney
Finish frame
Weld on meat tray stays
Weld on charcoal door handle
Paint outside with high temp paint (flat black)
Wipe down inside with vegatable oil
Fire that sucker up!!!!!!

Thanks

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Hows the frame gonna work? standing up like a 2 wheel dollie or layed over like the pic ?
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