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Old 04-27-2014, 07:00 PM   #1
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Finally got started with my 500 gallon reverse flow build. Started by securing a couple of out of service propane tanks, the 500 is for me and the 250 is for TTNuge.




Got started by laying out the frame. I was able to put some of that geometry I learned in high school to use! I might have had to google how to find the length of a triangle side by using a known length and the angle, but we won't tell anyone. Using 11 gauge, 2"x4" rectangle tube for the frame.


From there I blocked it up level and started welding, and I ended up with a rolling frame. I should mention I took the easy way out and just bought a complete, ready to install axle. I knew I wanted 46" spring centers, 3500# and electric brakes, I found a company out of Georgia that shipped it to me via UPS, all I had to do was pick it up at the shipping terminal to save on the shipping.


Here is some of the other materials I will be using as we progress through the build. First up is the reverse flow plate, that sucker is heavy! All the plate pictured is 1/4"


Firebox plate and a some miscellaneous plate for intake wheels and the exhaust cap. I got a good deal on the steel, caught a 4 hour 30% off sale, so I decided to have them precut all of the plate for me.


8" pipe for the exhaust.


Fenders


I decided I was going to spend a little money and get some entry level tools that would be needed to work with metal and do so in a somewhat efficient manner.

Picked up a Hobart 190 Mig Welder, running .035 wire with 75/25 mix


Along with a Northern Industrial (Northern Tool) plasma cutter, I am typically pretty leery of tools like this but the numerous reviews were so good that I decided that I would give it a try. I haven't done much with it yet, but I did source out some drag tips via ebay and hope to give it a try this week.


A cold cutting metal chop saw, I must say I was very intrigued by this so it was an impulse buy. Very happy with this purchase.


Auto darkening helmet, how did I ever get by without one of these?


Miscellaneous not pictured: new welding gloves, long sleeve welding shirt, clamps, flap discs, grinding wheels...
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:06 PM   #2
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Looks like you're going to have some fun building that monster. I'm excited just as a spectator to see how it turns out. Good luck!
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That is going to be a beast. I see you've been through some different smokers since we met :)
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Why such a monster sized smoker?
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Why such a monster sized smoker?
Why are boobs good?
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:41 PM   #6
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Why are boobs good?
With that analogy, any size smoker is great! Maybe he likes big butts?

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Great start, I'm honestly more interested in how the smaller tank turns out. Excited to see how this all ends up!
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That is a fun start. Wish I was doing the build....... jealous. Look forward to following this.
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That is going to be a beast. I see you've been through some different smokers since we met :)
Yeah, it is sort of my hobby to try out all sorts of smokers!
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:51 AM   #11
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Last weekend I had to do 3 cooks instead of 2 because I maxed out the Meadowcreek TS250 so it was time to get the bigger cooker going. I typically do one cook a month and all my friends and neighbors jump in with orders so I can fill up a cooker pretty quickly. On top of that I do some weddings for friends & family. Lastly, I am starting to get some word of mouth private cooking (like catering but all prep and cooking done on site) referrals and you just never know how much capacity you might need for that.

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Great start, I'm honestly more interested in how the smaller tank turns out. Excited to see how this all ends up!
Not sure when Trent will get to his build.
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Brother you are setup.... and looking real good!!!!!
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Looks like your good to go. Have fun.
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Wow that is going to be quite the project. Can't wait to see the end product.
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I'll be watching this. I take it you are proficient at welding? Been looking at that same welder along with the comparable Lincoln to learn on.
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