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Unread 10-20-2013, 09:45 PM   #16
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Since your from the "show me state" please keep us updated with your progress Good luck and nice find!
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Unread 10-20-2013, 09:53 PM   #17
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Thanks guys I'm pretty pumped although the wife seems less then enthused! What's the best way to clean and maintain expanded metal grates?
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Unread 10-20-2013, 09:58 PM   #18
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Wire Brush and soapy water then rinse then hit with aerosol cooking spray.
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Unread 10-20-2013, 10:00 PM   #19
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Thanks guys I'm pretty pumped although the wife seems less then enthused! What's the best way to clean and maintain expanded metal grates?
Your wife will be happy, you just have to show her some love too. and for the expanded grates, I just scrap the big junk off with a brush, and then clean the inside of my smoker I get it hot( after a cook) and spray it down with water then wipe it out. Nice deal for $60.
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Unread 10-20-2013, 10:34 PM   #20
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Hopefully I can go full boar this week and have it ready by Saturday, I'd like to try out some Tri tip Sunday.
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Great find.....
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good deal

but tri tip?

I would go for a pork butt. easy, long smoke, will give you time to fiddle with the fire.
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good deal

but tri tip?

I would go for a pork butt. easy, long smoke, will give you time to fiddle with the fire.
...and gives everything a nice seasoning since you are cleaning it up a bit!
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Good deal if it's 1/4" and all-welded. What brand is that?

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well did you buy it?
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Unread 10-23-2013, 06:51 AM   #27
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I finally got it picked up, sick kids and work held me back Monday but I got it picked up last night. It is indeed 1/4" steel, it's a solid built unit but leave's some to be desired. For some reason the soap box and the fine box has hinged ends, there's no latches. Unless I can figure out a real good reason I'm welding them shut. The smoke box door is tweeted just a bit, I'll fix that too. But the biggest issue I see is this.

Now my thoughts are to weld a plate/baffle to bring that hole down and over, then tuning plates. The problem I'm having is how far down and over?
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Unread 10-23-2013, 07:35 AM   #28
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Any chance of actually moving the firebox down? Would be good to get the opening below the grate in the smoke chamber, but still have the heat flowing out the top of the firebox. Plus you would have less radiant heat from the firebox on that end of the smoke chamber. I did a similar mod on my NBBD, but the firebox was bolted on, not welded.

If it is possible, figure out your firebox to smoke chamber opening size using the offset pit calculator and drop the firebox as far as you can while maintaining the correct opening.

Here is the calculator: http://www.feldoncentral.com/bbqcalculator.html

Of course, this is just my opinion...

You have a great starting place with that smoker. Especially for $60.00...
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For some reason the soap box and the fine box has hinged ends, there's no latches. Unless I can figure out a real good reason I'm welding them shut.
I use the door on the end of the fire box on my NBBD to stoke the fire. The top door has a platform that I use to preheat wood. You might consider doing that rather than welding that door shut.

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Unread 10-23-2013, 10:29 AM   #30
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1/4 inch steel should hold the temps pretty nicely. Nice find!
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