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BabyHuey
05-16-2012, 11:47 AM
This will be my 5th build, and I am stoked about this one. I have never done a DP Clone type build, or a reverse flow. I am leaning toward DP because of the trailer set up the way it is...

I will post pics as I get things done, so this may be a drawn out build and post (sorry about that). I have several projects going at once. But I love the ideas you get from people all over the world, so I thought I would post as I go.

I posted this first pic the other day and have had some concerns about the 26 gal compressor tank as the firebox.

http://i333.photobucket.com/albums/m398/LilBabyHuey/DP%20Clone%20BBQ%20Pit%20Build/Pit3-1.jpg


My next anxiety came when it was time to cut the propane tank. Thanks to some replies in another post and some web searches, I finally gained the confidence to cut it.

FILLED THE TANK WITH WATER AND GREASE LIGHTNING

http://i333.photobucket.com/albums/m398/LilBabyHuey/DP%20Clone%20BBQ%20Pit%20Build/CutTank.jpg

STARTED CUTTING WHILE FULL OF WATER

http://i333.photobucket.com/albums/m398/LilBabyHuey/DP%20Clone%20BBQ%20Pit%20Build/CutTank2.jpg

WHEW SHE POPPED A COUPLE OF TIMES AND SCARED THE CRAP OUT OF ME.

http://i333.photobucket.com/albums/m398/LilBabyHuey/DP%20Clone%20BBQ%20Pit%20Build/CutOffEndTank.jpg


WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE SIZE AND THICKNESS OF THIS TANK FOR FIREBOX.

http://i333.photobucket.com/albums/m398/LilBabyHuey/DP%20Clone%20BBQ%20Pit%20Build/smalltank.jpg


TOLD A FRIEND AT WORK I WAS LOOKING FOR A TANK BIGGER AND HE BROUGHT ME THIS TODAY....SCORE!

http://i333.photobucket.com/albums/m398/LilBabyHuey/DP%20Clone%20BBQ%20Pit%20Build/FireboxTank.jpg


I think I have most everything I need to complete this build, so lets let the sparks fly.

I need help getting off the fence on either a DP Clone or Reverse flow. I already have a offset you can see a link to that build on my signature.

So what do you guys think RF or DP? Thank You

Two Bears
05-16-2012, 12:29 PM
Nice score.

I started with the same tanks and they work great but the firebox is my only thing I would change, don't get me wrong it works great but I wish it was a 24x24 square firebox as being round and a 20" diameter I cant stack the firewood they way I like to. Here is a picture of mine. Square will also allow easier additions of a warming box although I can make one fit now and will it just might be a little easier and look better - imho
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c96/blackfoot123/1stcook2.jpg

BabyHuey
05-16-2012, 12:38 PM
Two Bears, thanks for your reply. What is the length of your firebox? It looks to be about 30" long. Also, how thick was the firebox tank you used and is it holding up ok?

Also I am thinking of adding some plate to the bottom of mine to create some more capacity.

Two Bears
05-16-2012, 01:22 PM
About 30"
She was under a 1/4" so maybe 3/16?? It is holding up great and will last a long time.

polishdon
05-16-2012, 01:25 PM
I'm biased based on my DP clone design, but it really does work well. Very efficient on wood, compared to my buddy's Lang anyway.

Like they say, it's not the cooker, it's the cook. All personal preference, neither is right or wrong.

BabyHuey
05-16-2012, 01:42 PM
I'm biased based on my DP clone design, but it really does work well. Very efficient on wood, compared to my buddy's Lang anyway.

Like they say, it's not the cooker, it's the cook. All personal preference, neither is right or wrong.


Thanks, I am leaning heavily toward the DP Clone because of the way this trailer is set up..

polishdon
05-16-2012, 02:23 PM
If you want to see my build details you can here:
http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=48836&highlight=