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Old 03-22-2010, 07:09 PM   #76
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Holy cow!! (or pig, as per your region). I been away from Que talk way too long!!

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Old 03-22-2010, 10:13 PM   #77
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Thanks guys! More pictures in the next week or so. I haven't made much more progress, as I've been busy with school trying to finish up my bachelor's degree, but I have the handles on and the bracing on the firebox door done. Most importantly I can finally get it out of the garage so I can take some good pics. I need to get this finished as it's looking like I have a pig roast in April, two in july, and who knows what else.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:23 AM   #78
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Chris, where ya at with this build?
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:21 PM   #79
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Sorry everyone that was following. Haven't made any progress at all with the build in the past couple of months. I was really busy trying to finish up school, and then 6 weeks ago my grandma fell and broke her hip. I've been running stupid going between work, school, and the hospital. Grandma passed yesterday, and the funeral is Friday. Once things settle a bit I'll get back to it and finish it up. Pictures to come when I get time to work on it.
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- Custom offset in progress.
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:25 PM   #80
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nice build cant wait to see how it will turn it. is that lid heavy to lift? wondering as i have some .375 wall pipe i am planning to make an offset smoker out of and i am thinking the door might be to heavy.
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:34 PM   #81
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Northern, the lid is heavy and I plan on a counter weight, but haven't added it yet. Crossczek has a bigger pit than mine, and I believe if I remember right it is .375. His doors are HEAVY, but he has torsion spring hinges that help. You might send him a PM as I'm sure he would help you with getting some springs if you need them. I can't remember for sure where he got them, but I'm fairly certain it was someplace in Toledo OH.
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Old 05-27-2010, 11:47 AM   #82
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Hi Northern,
The torsions springs were custome made by a local steel fab company.

The one door on mine that poses the biggest problem is the four footer - yes, it is HEAVY, even with the torsion spring hinges. But, the two footer isn't that bad, but it too has the torsion spring hinges so I don't know what it's like without them.
Definitly, go with the counter weight - they will be heavier than you think, especially when you consider your arms not used to lifting that much weight in that fashion.
And, be sure to weld the straps to the door before you complete the cut, it will make sure that the door won't "spring" and not fit back into the same hole from which it was cut.
Good luck. If you have any more questions feel free to PM me.
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:22 PM   #83
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bump for the finished product...
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:03 PM   #84
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Sorry, I still haven't finished it. Life has been getting in the way of my pit building. I still have to buy some tube for the stacks, a new piece for the tongue, finish up the racks for the upright, and build a woodbox and storage box. Hopefully I'll be able to get started on it again soon.
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:38 PM   #85
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Looks like a good start. How do you intend to hinge the door? I helped a friend change the doors on his big smoker. He had them hinged on top and they just got too heavy. We had oversized door plates rolled to the same radius as the shell and then I designed hinges that allowed them to swing with out binding. They seal very well and are nothing to open. They also stay where you put them when you open them. Here are the finished doors.




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Old 08-13-2010, 09:07 PM   #86
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Well, I have finally made a bit more progress, and am planning on doing a seasoning smoke tomorrow morning even though it's not done yet. I am cooking for my neighbor tomorrow and would like to use it. I ran out of MIG wire last night, and tonight I ran out of 1x1 angle, so will have to pick up a piece in the morning to reinforce the firebox grate. I stopped by the steel supplier today and picked up a 2x3x1/4 piece 6ft long to replace the tongue that has twisted from years of having a wheel dolly on one side of it. I have to get this thing road worthy, plated and ready for action by labor day as it's needed for a bigger cook. I've attached a few pictures, I'll get some better ones tomorrow as it was getting dark tonight.
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Old 08-13-2010, 09:26 PM   #87
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Old 08-14-2010, 02:39 AM   #88
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Looking like its coming together really nice!!!

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Old 08-14-2010, 07:13 AM   #89
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Looking great.
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MAN that's nice. Looks like it's taken you a bit to pull this thing together, but now you're ready to SEASON!!

Hey, got a quick question on your baffle: Looks like you've got a solid baffle, ilo tuning plates, right? Perhaps I didn't look closely enough, but are there holes in the baffle for the smoke to enter the cook chamber? Are you waiting on that until the last? Just didn't see anything.


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