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Unread 09-19-2007, 09:31 AM   #1
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Default Pit building WIP: "Suzie Q"

Howdy...


IŽm new to this forum, and in my introduction i was asked by trp1fox to tell a little more about my WIP Pit.

Here we go :

I gave the Pit the name "Suzy-Q" on the first day of building it. While the grinder had a break, the old CCR tune "Suzy-Q" played on the radio, and it fit right in.

I was inspired to this kind of pit by a Backyard Chef from Dave Klose.
IŽve never seen a huge pit like that in person over here, but the internet and a couple of guys from around other forums were a big help.

The size is

20" x 48 " Main chamber
20" x 20" x 40 high vertical smoker
20" x 20" x 20" square firebox with grill on top

Its made out of 1/4 " Steel, except for the vertical wich is 1/3".
I ordered the plate the other way around to make the firebox out of 1/3 but the guy who arrange the steel for me got it wrong. Anyway, it was dirt cheap so its not that bad. The main chamber is made out of Pipeline Tube.

Heres some pics from different steps of development :








































This is the current state, it only needs to be sandblasted and painted.



























Somewhere in development i decided to mount it on a trailer, so im doing that right now as i got a perfect trailer last week :





Right now im wondering how to mount the pit onto the trailer.

I originally wanted to have the firebox go beyound the tail a little, so it can be at a comfortable working height.


This way, the firebox top and main cooking grate would be at about 36" from the ground. Trouble is, the trailer would be way too heavy at the back and i would have no tongue weight.

The other option would be to mount it on the middle of the trailer, the balance would be fine then. The grate height would be at about 40" then, wich seems a little high to me.

The last option would be to mount a counterweight, in this case a
slide out grill, on top of the trailer.





What would you guys suggest ?

IŽd rather have the pit in the middle of the trailer for best balance and tongue weight, and that way i could also mount a Char Griller Outlaw on the oppsite side of the trailer. IŽm just worried that 40" might be too high for the grates.
IŽd really appreciate if you could measure the height of the firebox and main grate of your smoker and tell me what you think about having it at ~40".

Thanks,

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Unread 09-19-2007, 09:43 AM   #2
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Very nice. Looks like you've done really good work there.

What about a tool box mounted on the front of the trailer? And a wood supply box? That would take care of your counterweight problems.
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You did a great job! I am just a beginner at welding although my bead quality is improving steadily. At my current level I would never attempt anything like this. Obviously you are a very skilled fabricator and welder. I hope to aspire to your level one day and try making my own vertical insulated smoker. Seeing what you have accomplished motivates me and I thank you for that.
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Unread 09-19-2007, 09:56 AM   #4
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Very nice!!!
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Unread 09-19-2007, 10:07 AM   #5
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Looks Awesome! Thanks for all the pictures during fabrication.

I can't wait to see what kind of que it produces.
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Sweet!

Personally, I wouldn't want the firebox hanging over the end of the trailer.

For a man of your obvious skills, it shouldnt be difficult to make the firebox swing in and/or drop in place or maybe even side mount the firebox instead of end mounting. Along the other side of the horizontal chamber you could store wood . And the front of the chamber should have 2 insulated barrels, one for light and the other for dark beer. After all, you're in Germany.
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Nice work! Would not want a firebox hanging off the back of a trailer. bad balance and I see someone getting burned eventually. My firebox is directly underneath the cooking chamber seperated by the baffles and tuning plates, I love it that way!
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Your cooker looks great.

I wish I was handy.
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Looks good!!

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Just cut a square "notch" into the floor at the back of the trailer so you can move the pit forward if you need to. (Of course you will have to reinforce that area) I see lots of trailer pits with the fire box at the rear.
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Just cut a square "notch" into the floor at the back of the trailer so you can move the pit forward if you need to. (Of course you will have to reinforce that area) I see lots of trailer pits with the fire box at the rear.

I would have to re-certify the trailer in that case, and it would cost money and nerves iŽd rather spend on something useful.

Could you guys please tell me the height of your grates and fireboxes ?

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You got skill! Great looking Pit.
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Quote:
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Just cut a square "notch" into the floor at the back of the trailer so you can move the pit forward if you need to. (Of course you will have to reinforce that area) I see lots of trailer pits with the fire box at the rear.
Sounds simple enough but in Germany if you modify the trailer it has to be inspected and recertified (and it can be rejcted). Ain't like Texas where you can just about do anything you want.
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Nice lookin cooker with a well thought out design.
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Very nice. Great work
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