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Unread 10-02-2008, 11:12 AM   #1
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Default Pool Filter first cook 10/1

Here is the almost completed stainless pool filter cooker. One 3/4" close nipple and one 3/4" ball valve. I still need to make some sort of stabilizers. I wanted to see if the base even got hot during a cook first, though...and I can still hold my hand on it when the grate temp is 350 with the vent and valve wide open.


8 - 1/2" holes. 1/4" NPT cap for the pressure gauge fitting. Stainless drawer handles. They get too warm to grab gloveless, though. I need to buy a thermometer.


I had to block off the 2 3/4" plumbing fixture hole in the side. High temp silicone gasket. I used two 4" round stainless plumbing blockoff plates bolted together to close up the plumbing hole in the bottom center - under the coals. I didn't gasket that yet and may not have to.


The charcoal basket is expanded metal and Weber charcoal grate stitched together with stainless safety wire. The grill is 23 1/4" from the bottom.


It's stainless and scrubbed, washed and rinsed so no burnout was necessary...at least I didn't think so.
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I only put one chimney full unlit K and about 3/4 of one lit in at about 4pm, cooked from 5 to 6 with the temp hovering at 250 or so, and finally closed off the air vents at 10:30pm with the grill temp at 220. I guess that a full charcoal basket will go a long, long time. I'll need to figure out a jiggle rod...maybe through the air vent nipple...and an ash pan.

Next are stabilizers....but that will be on another thread after I draw up some ideas.

Thanks to all here that contributed ideas whether they knew it or not!

All the best,
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Unread 10-02-2008, 11:38 AM   #2
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Looks like it did alright!
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Looks good! I have the same (not really a problem) of having a ton of coal left when you do a cook.

I loaded my smoker all the way up last weekend with 2 doz whole wings, 14 chicken legs, and 4 breasts. I ran it 12 hours, shut down the valves and checked it to find about 1/3 of the coals still intact. Looks like I will be able to go at least 16 hours.

Can I make a sugestion to check around at Lowes in the hardware section for some nice SS knobs or handles to help you with the lid lift. I would suggest a handle on the top but not the hottest part which would be the top center.

Nice vision for that filter! You are like me always thinking of what you could make a smoker out of.
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That thing is awesome, I have never have seen a cooker made from a pool filter. Definitely brethern innovation at its finest, good job.
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One mans junk is.........
That is awesome! Are you going with rocket fins?

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Nice...
Do the rocket fins!
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"They get too warm to grab gloveless, though."

Great job bro, really nice! I knew you really scored a big one when you found that. Check out this link, scroll to bottom of page, you can buy the springs to insulate those handles already on there - http://www.tejassmokers.com/options.htm

Nice LB too brother... very nice indeed.
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That's some good worh there Paul.
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That is a sleek hi-tech smoking machine, great job.
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That is awesome. Can't wait to see it with the rocket fins!!! Great job!
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Very nice! The London broils look tasty too!

UDS's are really versatile, and something you might consider down the road is a small charcoal ring for short cooks.







This one holds about a Weber chimney worth of lump or briq and it has lasted as long as 6+ hours at 225*, more than enough to cook ribs, whole chicken etc. Works just as efficient without using a lot of fuel.
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Excellent job. One of a kind.

ROCKET FINS!!!!
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Yeah! Rocket Fins & chrome drag pipes, the louder the better!
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Looks like you did a great job on it. It should really tranfer heat good and be easy to clean.
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looks cool very nice whats the cost of that bad boy after you are all said and done
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