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dwfisk
05-16-2013, 02:58 PM
Some of y'all may have seen an earlier post of a fire ring I had made, 1/4" plate, 48" diameter, 16" tall with some Gator logo plasma cutouts.
http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s661/dwf703/Santa%20Maria%20Build/photo4_zps43fc1116.jpg
In action at a camp out.
http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s661/dwf703/Santa%20Maria%20Build/photo5_zpseeafd382.jpg
Well, been planning on making an adjustable grill for it, gathered up some materials on hand from previous projects and here is what we came up with. It's made to sit inside the fire ring, free standing. I'm a little surprised that it is very stable for only being 80#-100#, easy two to move it around.
http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s661/dwf703/Santa%20Maria%20Build/010_zps9c215997.jpg
In addition to the fire ring, it has two major assemblies: The stand and the cooking grate. The stand has a 30" square base of 2"x2" tubing, the verticals are 2" angle, top bar is 2"x2" tubing.
http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s661/dwf703/Santa%20Maria%20Build/003_zps4ade91c5.jpg
Made the cooking grate with two 10" vertical lifting guides. My logic is I can add a rotisserie at about 7"-8" above the cooking grate.
http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s661/dwf703/Santa%20Maria%20Build/007_zpsa041dcfa.jpg
Decided on a boat winch & pulley system for lifting, here is a little detail.
http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s661/dwf703/Santa%20Maria%20Build/006_zps8098b946.jpg
http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s661/dwf703/Santa%20Maria%20Build/015_zps60651247.jpg
http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s661/dwf703/Santa%20Maria%20Build/014_zps69ca3819.jpg
This one shows those 10" cooking grate guides moving in the opposed 2" angle - very smooth and no binding.
http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s661/dwf703/Santa%20Maria%20Build/013_zpsd6244349.jpg
Plenty strong, 40# pool salt didn't even begin to stress anything.
http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s661/dwf703/Santa%20Maria%20Build/009_zps7037cd61.jpg
So here it is again.
http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s661/dwf703/Santa%20Maria%20Build/011_zpsb592c84f.jpg
Next time you see it it will be married up to the fire ring and cooking something.
OK, so now that it's ready to go, what do y'all think I should throw on for the first cook this weekend? Oh yea, is it OK to call it a Santa Maria style or do I need another name?

landarc
05-16-2013, 03:00 PM
Very cool, nice work. You can call it anything you like, it has all the traits of a Santa Maria grate system.

MS2SB
05-16-2013, 03:04 PM
Seems to me that some tri-tip would be appropriate.

Desert Dweller
05-16-2013, 03:24 PM
You can call it anything you want if you will invite me to dinner...

slow-smoker
05-16-2013, 03:26 PM
Looks like a Santa Maria to me. Nice build!

HookedOnQ
05-16-2013, 03:29 PM
Very cool!

John Bowen
05-16-2013, 03:32 PM
Looks nice - good job but can you operate it with a beer in your hand?

dwfisk
05-16-2013, 03:40 PM
Screwed up my left shoulder so I gotta crank with my right anyhow and the left is just good enough for a beer, or something stronger. Interesting the boat winch will ctank up or down with stops plus a free spool. So yep, I'm good to go.Looks nice - good job but can you operate it with a beer in your hand?

dwfisk
05-16-2013, 03:43 PM
I've been looking for a while but never seen a tri tip at any price here on north Florida. Alternates?
Seems to me that some tri-tip would be appropriate.

Bludawg
05-16-2013, 04:50 PM
Nice Clean Build!! Try an Eye of Round or a Rump Roast.

dwfisk
05-16-2013, 04:52 PM
Thanks, ummmmmm rump roast!
Nice Clean Build!! Try an Eye of Round or a Rump Roast.

MS2SB
05-16-2013, 05:32 PM
I've been looking for a while but never seen a tri tip at any price here on north Florida. Alternates?

A full flat iron steak could be nice.

Titch
05-16-2013, 05:34 PM
Gimmee some Lamb chops done on that please, what a great looking unit.

martyleach
05-16-2013, 05:34 PM
I would definitely call that a Santa Maria grill. Well done!

Titch
05-16-2013, 05:36 PM
I believe a dome/box something could be rigged up to put on the grate to cook pizza in , Has it been done?

bluetang
05-16-2013, 05:40 PM
That is a fine build!:clap:

dwfisk
05-16-2013, 05:45 PM
Hold that thought! Now that this is done, wait 'til you se my next project!
I believe a dome/box something could be rigged up to put on the grate to cook pizza in , Has it been done?

palmcoastbob
05-16-2013, 06:04 PM
I've been looking for a while but never seen a tri tip at any price here on north Florida. Alternates?


Publix can get them for you. Not cheap but just to try one...

TuscaloosaQ
05-16-2013, 06:05 PM
dwfisk (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/member.php?u=36254) That looks awesome brother could I get a crimson elephant on one side!!!!!!!!!! LOL

dwfisk
05-16-2013, 06:21 PM
Probably! The guy that does it has a bunch of patterns. I've seen the bulldog and (obviousoy) the gator, should I ask?
dwfisk (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/member.php?u=36254) That looks awesome brother could I get a crimson elephant on one side!!!!!!!!!! LOL

funugy
05-16-2013, 06:30 PM
That is a slick setup. I like it. Wish I had a good supply of steel, I'd like to give something like that a go.

dwfisk
05-16-2013, 06:36 PM
A stick of 2"x2" square tubing, a stick of 2" angle, some expanded metal and assorted scrap and you are there. I had it laying around from other projects, but probably less than $150 total, including the winch from Northern Tool. Go for it!
That is a slick setup. I like it. Wish I had a good supply of steel, I'd like to give something like that a go.

landarc
05-16-2013, 06:37 PM
A real Santa Maria pit would have been a 4 to 6 rod rotisserie rig, the rods would need to be about 5 feet long, and 5/8" diameter. It doesn't have to be motor driven, the real big boys of Santa Maria turn by hand. Each rod should hold two full sirloins.

So, there is the challenge.

dwfisk
05-16-2013, 06:44 PM
Well, I don't think I'll be there anytime soon, at least not with this build. But maybe one full sirloin once I get the rotisserie added. Speaking of rotisseries, anybody have any experience with the battery operated motors? A real Santa Maria pit would have been a 4 to 6 rod rotisserie rig, the rods would need to be about 5 feet long, and 5/8" diameter. It doesn't have to be motor driven, the real big boys of Santa Maria turn by hand. Each rod should hold two full sirloins.

So, there is the challenge.

jonmhenderson
05-16-2013, 07:01 PM
Awesome!

Mark R
05-16-2013, 08:25 PM
I've never seen a Tri Tip here in Central West F either! I've looked too.
Nice lookin rig, real nice work....cept that Gator thingie:mrgreen:

I thinks you can call it what you want, looks like a Sante Maria to me!:clap:

cowgirl
05-16-2013, 10:58 PM
Dave that looks awesome!! Really nice!! :cool: :grin:

Day
05-17-2013, 06:58 AM
Great job! Good idea!

QDoc
05-17-2013, 02:12 PM
Outstanding Build. I think I'm gonna use some of your ideas but my logo is gonna be much nicer since it'll be a Razorback Hog. :)

dwfisk
05-17-2013, 04:52 PM
Everybody should have a plasma cutter anyhow, glad to provide an excuse!:biggrin1:
Outstanding Build. I think I'm gonna use some of your ideas but my logo is gonna be much nicer since it'll be a Razorback Hog. :)

frognot
05-17-2013, 04:56 PM
I'll leave the proper designation to the west Coast Brethrens but you can definitely call it bad azz. Sweet rig ya got there!

Will work for bbq
06-25-2013, 08:55 PM
Nice build, I really like the reefing system.