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speers90
04-27-2014, 08:00 PM
Finally got started with my 500 gallon reverse flow build. Started by securing a couple of out of service propane tanks, the 500 is for me and the 250 is for TTNuge.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8710

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8709

Got started by laying out the frame. I was able to put some of that geometry I learned in high school to use! I might have had to google how to find the length of a triangle side by using a known length and the angle, but we won't tell anyone. Using 11 gauge, 2"x4" rectangle tube for the frame.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8712

From there I blocked it up level and started welding, and I ended up with a rolling frame. I should mention I took the easy way out and just bought a complete, ready to install axle. I knew I wanted 46" spring centers, 3500# and electric brakes, I found a company out of Georgia that shipped it to me via UPS, all I had to do was pick it up at the shipping terminal to save on the shipping.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8713

Here is some of the other materials I will be using as we progress through the build. First up is the reverse flow plate, that sucker is heavy! All the plate pictured is 1/4"
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8711

Firebox plate and a some miscellaneous plate for intake wheels and the exhaust cap. I got a good deal on the steel, caught a 4 hour 30% off sale, so I decided to have them precut all of the plate for me.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8706

8" pipe for the exhaust.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8702

Fenders
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8705

I decided I was going to spend a little money and get some entry level tools that would be needed to work with metal and do so in a somewhat efficient manner.

Picked up a Hobart 190 Mig Welder, running .035 wire with 75/25 mix
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8707

Along with a Northern Industrial (Northern Tool) plasma cutter, I am typically pretty leery of tools like this but the numerous reviews were so good that I decided that I would give it a try. I haven't done much with it yet, but I did source out some drag tips via ebay and hope to give it a try this week.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8708

A cold cutting metal chop saw, I must say I was very intrigued by this so it was an impulse buy. Very happy with this purchase.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8704

Auto darkening helmet, how did I ever get by without one of these?
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8703

Miscellaneous not pictured: new welding gloves, long sleeve welding shirt, clamps, flap discs, grinding wheels...

tsimm15
04-27-2014, 08:06 PM
Looks like you're going to have some fun building that monster. I'm excited just as a spectator to see how it turns out. Good luck!

Blanton
04-27-2014, 11:11 PM
That is going to be a beast. I see you've been through some different smokers since we met :)

SmittyJonz
04-27-2014, 11:16 PM
Why such a monster sized smoker?

tgstrang
04-27-2014, 11:23 PM
Why such a monster sized smoker?

Why are boobs good? :becky:

retired trucker
04-27-2014, 11:41 PM
Why are boobs good? :becky:

With that analogy, any size smoker is great! :laugh: Maybe he likes big butts?:heh:

Blessings, :pray:
Omar

MAB52
04-28-2014, 12:01 AM
:cool: :pop2:

AaronPo
04-28-2014, 12:04 AM
Great start, I'm honestly more interested in how the smaller tank turns out. Excited to see how this all ends up!

martyleach
04-28-2014, 12:40 AM
That is a fun start. Wish I was doing the build....... jealous. Look forward to following this.

speers90
04-28-2014, 07:43 AM
That is going to be a beast. I see you've been through some different smokers since we met :)

Yeah, it is sort of my hobby to try out all sorts of smokers!

speers90
04-28-2014, 07:51 AM
Why such a monster sized smoker?
Last weekend I had to do 3 cooks instead of 2 because I maxed out the Meadowcreek TS250 so it was time to get the bigger cooker going. I typically do one cook a month and all my friends and neighbors jump in with orders so I can fill up a cooker pretty quickly. On top of that I do some weddings for friends & family. Lastly, I am starting to get some word of mouth private cooking (like catering but all prep and cooking done on site) referrals and you just never know how much capacity you might need for that.

Great start, I'm honestly more interested in how the smaller tank turns out. Excited to see how this all ends up!
Not sure when Trent will get to his build.

TuscaloosaQ
04-28-2014, 08:12 AM
Brother you are setup.... and looking real good!!!!!

stephan
04-28-2014, 08:18 AM
Looks like your good to go. Have fun.

Guando
04-28-2014, 08:18 AM
Wow that is going to be quite the project. Can't wait to see the end product.

kds9547
04-28-2014, 08:39 AM
I'll be watching this. I take it you are proficient at welding? Been looking at that same welder along with the comparable Lincoln to learn on.

speers90
04-28-2014, 09:37 AM
I'll be watching this. I take it you are proficient at welding? Been looking at that same welder along with the comparable Lincoln to learn on.

I can get metal to stick together, it might take me a little more time with a grinder than those Shirley fabricators but that's ok!

speers90
04-28-2014, 08:23 PM
Plasma cutter doesn't work worth a crap with the drag tip and electrodes I bought from ebay, but when I put the stock electrode and tip back on I cut a pretty straight clean line so I think I will make it work.

HighPoint BBQ
04-28-2014, 08:36 PM
Looks like you are good to go! Cannot wait to see how it turns out.

davefan360
04-28-2014, 08:52 PM
That thing is going to be big. How come you went with a small frame? I understand weight of the trailer but with all that cooking you plan on doing it might be nice to carry a cooler or two on the trailer. Also not sure if the funds are there but this plasma cutter is sweet. Miller Spectrum 375. here is a used one on ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Miller-Spectrum-375-X-Treme-Dual-Voltage-Input-Plasma-Cutter-/131174970558?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e8aa334be. have fun with the build. wish my steel place did a 30% off sale.

speers90
04-28-2014, 09:13 PM
That thing is going to be big. How come you went with a small frame? I understand weight of the trailer but with all that cooking you plan on doing it might be nice to carry a cooler or two on the trailer. Also not sure if the funds are there but this plasma cutter is sweet. Miller Spectrum 375. here is a used one on ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Miller-Spectrum-375-X-Treme-Dual-Voltage-Input-Plasma-Cutter-/131174970558?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e8aa334be. have fun with the build. wish my steel place did a 30% off sale.

Coolers all go in the back of the truck. Only other things I want on the trailer is the wood, a weed burner and propane cylinder to get the fire started. All of that will fit nicely on the tongue.

I think I will keep the plasma that I have, I was able to cut a nice clean line by switching back to the OEM tip & electrode. I just need to source a rolling standoff wheel because I don't have the skill to maintain a 1 mm standoff and pull in a steady straight line!

speers90
04-29-2014, 09:12 PM
I spent this evening cleaning up my work area and making a temporary standoff for the plasma cutter, performance improved greatly with a proper standoff.

MattG
04-29-2014, 10:41 PM
Looking forward to following this build! Post more pics!

speers90
04-29-2014, 11:52 PM
So here is a pic of my first couple efforts with the plasma cutter, the opening on the right is what I started out butchering yesterday with a drag tip and free handing a bit. The opening on the left is from a makeshift standoff pattern that I cut from some 7/16 plywood. The cut was much cleaner and I was actually surprised at how fast it cut 1/4" plate.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8715

I have a rolling standoff guide on order and I will be building a circle/radius cutter attachment to use as well. While I am waiting on that to show up, I can get started on the firebox. Going to be a monster, measuring in at 36" wide, 30" deep & 30" tall.

mikemci
04-30-2014, 12:09 AM
Should have bought this.LONGEVITY Forcecut 40D 40 Amp Pilot Arc Plasma Cutter Dual Voltage 110v/220v - Plasma Arc Cutting Equipment - Amazon.com@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41OqJ1bxaQL.@@AMEPARAM@@41OqJ1bxaQL

RookieTJx2
04-30-2014, 09:03 AM
Is your drag tip slotted on the end?

Ryan921
04-30-2014, 10:59 AM
Friends and neighbors getting together every month for a BYOBBQ party?! :-DGood times! I need to move, my neighbors are farking jackasses! :roll:

Can't wait to see more of this build!:thumb:

Yendor
04-30-2014, 12:48 PM
Looking good, quite the task at hand there. You're a perfectionist and I expect you'll get it right the first time.

melman680
04-30-2014, 01:17 PM
Nice...plasma cutters comes in handy for all your cutting. I own an Everlast power plamsa 50 last 2 yrs and it still perform well.. Name brand sucks..

speers90
04-30-2014, 06:29 PM
Is your drag tip slotted on the end?

Not sure it I would call it slotted or not, seems to be built to maintain a very small standoff. All I know, is that when I built my own temporary standoff to maintain a little less than a 1/8 gap, I was getting a better and faster cut than anything I have tried so far.

I am a newbie to plasma cutting and I know this machine is not a top of the line unit, so I think I will have some learning curve but I am ok with that.

RookieTJx2
04-30-2014, 07:04 PM
I have a hyper therm with a drag tip. My tip has what can best be described as an X cut into the tip about an eighth inch wide and deep for the gases to escape. When mine starts cutting poorly, my gaps are plugged up...

Also, when my tip gets worn, I'll take a file and make the slots deeper.

speers90
05-01-2014, 09:53 PM
Slow going when you can only work 30-45 minutes a night, I got the firebox door opening cut out and framed in. Hope to get the door framed up and installed tomorrow evening. After that I want to get the firebox together this weekend.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8717

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8718

I did a quick grind test to see if i liked the look better with a smooth finish instead of a welded finish, I did so I will spend some time grinding the weld.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8719

davefan360
05-01-2014, 10:58 PM
Coming good so far. Its nice to have most of the steel andtools at the start of the build. And I know your pain about the hour a night. At least your build is inside. I can only work on mine a hour a night and have to do it on the driveway.

speers90
05-01-2014, 11:14 PM
Coming good so far. Its nice to have most of the steel andtools at the start of the build. And I know your pain about the hour a night. At least your build is inside. I can only work on mine a hour a night and have to do it on the driveway.

I think by the end of the weekend it will look like we are getting somewhere. Finally supposed to be decent weather so the kids can play outside while I work on the cooker.

RookieTJx2
05-02-2014, 12:36 AM
Flap disks are best...

speers90
05-02-2014, 07:52 AM
Flap disks are best...

Yeah, those things are the best.

Bigr314
05-02-2014, 07:59 AM
Wow! can't wait to see it finished and cooking.

speers90
05-02-2014, 09:46 PM
Realized that I framed up the door opposite of how I wanted to do it, so I had to fix that, I got the firebox tacked up. Lots of welding and weld smoothing to do tomorrow.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8725

speers90
05-03-2014, 04:48 PM
Felt like I got quite a bit accomplished today, got the door built for the firebox.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8727

I really like the compression latches on the meadowcreek cooker so I decided to go with those on my build.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8726

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8729

Started the weld/grind process on the exterior edges of the firebox. That is a tedious process so I have decided going forward that I will do one (maybe two at the most) section a day, just to keep myself from getting impatient and saying good enough.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8728

The roller/standoff guide for my plasma cutter showed up in the mail today. I tried to pick up the tank today, but they said I could only pick it up during the week when the regular's are on duty, which is not a big deal, just thought I'd try.

RookieTJx2
05-03-2014, 11:38 PM
What size disk grinder you using? On the larger longer parts, I'll use my six inch. It's faster and gives straighter cleaner grinds.

speers90
05-03-2014, 11:42 PM
4.5" is all I've got, but I could be talked into buying a bigger one!

speers90
05-04-2014, 09:16 AM
Flap disks are best...

Just picked up a 7" angle grinder, thanks for the recommendation. I am sure it will speed things up!

RookieTJx2
05-04-2014, 09:40 AM
What I usually do...

Start out with the biggun using the most abrasive disk I can find. Start at one end and go to the other end while trying to keep the same angle. Get to the end, adjust angle slightly and head back. Repeat until I've rounded the edge nicely. Switch to my 4.5 with 80-100 grit and smooth out the whole thing.

speers90
05-04-2014, 09:03 PM
Got the day started off by running to Fleet Farm to pickup a 7-9" angle grinder on the advice of RookieTJx2, man what a difference that makes. That enabled me to get the four seams at the top of the firebox welded and smoothed.

Then it was on to firebox rack fabrication, I was going for a pretty beefy rack so I built it all out of angle iron. Also got the anti-tip slides installed.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8734

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8732

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8733

A special thanks to RookieTJx2 and melman680 for helping me get my plasma cutter figured out. I backed my PSI down to 70 and with the aid of the rolling standoff guide I was able to make some nice clean cuts. The dross (slag) on the back side chipped right off with a little tap.

To get started making my round cuts I had to rig up a radius tool. Simpler is always better, right? I just took a little threaded rod, drilled a hole through a plumb bob and put a couple nuts on each side to allow me to adjust it as needed. I stick the point of the plumb bob in my pre-drilled hole and get to cutting.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8737

And this is what I ended up with
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8736

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8735

It's going to be a busy week so I probably won't get much of anything done, I will be happy if I get the other 3 intake spinners finished up and another seam or two welded/smoothed. I hope to hit it hard again next weekend.

Thanks for looking and thank you for all the advice/feedback it is greatly appreciated.

RookieTJx2
05-04-2014, 09:09 PM
Looking good. Glad the bigger grinder is working out better. I really need to make me a circle cutter sometime. Fortunately, I haven't really needed one yet.

Blanton
05-04-2014, 10:08 PM
Looking good!

HarrynVegas
05-04-2014, 10:41 PM
I am jelly of you guys with welding skills. Great looking work. I'm a master woodworker, but those skills don't translate well to the world of high heat and flame.

speers90
05-04-2014, 11:10 PM
I am jelly of you guys with welding skills. Great looking work. I'm a master woodworker, but those skills don't translate well to the world of high heat and flame.

I come from a woodworking background as well, you being a master woodworker tells me you have the capacity to pay attention to detail, you could easily learn to work with metal. In a lot of ways it's easier than wood.

speers90
05-05-2014, 09:59 PM
Was able to pickup the tank tonight after work, the gentleman at the store was very helpful in setting it on the trailer just where I wanted it.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8746

Lots of work to do.

HarrynVegas
05-05-2014, 10:47 PM
Speers90.......When I was an undergrad at Auburn University, I took a Materials Science lab. Welding was part of the lab. As hard as I tried, I sucked! I build 18th century reproduction cherry furniture. Attention to detail is important, but welding is an art, not a skill. I just dont have this gene.

speers90
05-07-2014, 08:52 PM
It has been a busy week but I did manage to fill it completely up with water until it was overflowing and drained it. I also got the door and firebox cutouts marked. Looks like it will be Friday before I really get to do any work.

T-doh
05-07-2014, 09:21 PM
I'm jealous of this build... So much I get disappointed when there's nothing new in the thread. Lol what're you planning on using to cut the openings? Plasma cutter or your 7" grinder?

speers90
05-07-2014, 10:29 PM
I'm jealous of this build... So much I get disappointed when there's nothing new in the thread. Lol what're you planning on using to cut the openings? Plasma cutter or your 7" grinder?

Plan is the plasma cutter, glad someone feels my pain when nothing gets done!

TuscaloosaQ
05-07-2014, 10:36 PM
Brother you r rolling and doing a Jam up job!!!!!!!!

speers90
05-09-2014, 11:48 PM
Watched a movie with the kids tonight so I didn't get much done but I did manage to get 3 more firebox seams welded and got some holes drilled in the tank to denote my start/stop spots on the lines I intend to cut tomorrow.

My goals this weekend are to: get the tank welded to the trailer, get the tank opened up, do a big cleansing burn in the tank, 6 seams welded and smoothed and smooth visible welds on the trailer.

Here's hoping next week isn't so crazy at work so I can actually get something done during the week. Would like to have this project wrapped up one month from today.

KnucklHed BBQ
05-10-2014, 12:37 AM
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8746



Loving that!!^^^^^

speers90
05-10-2014, 02:42 PM
Cooking a brisket on the Meadowcreek for a funeral dinner and working on the new cooker, it is a great day!

Got started by smoothing the 3 seams that I welded on the firebox last night. It was actually pretty painless because I had some pretty clean, consistent welds coupled with the bigger grinder and it took less than half the time I expected.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8749

Then it was time to get the tank welded to the trailer, it's hard to tell in these picture but I cleaned up the metal before I stuck my welds in there.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8753

Firebox spot notched out of the tank, I scored my pencil line with a 1/16" cutting wheel and then used the plasma cutter to finish. That score line made it pretty easy to see what I was doing with the plasma torch.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8752

Moved on to the cook chamber doors, I am putting the strapping on the inside of the cooker so I went ahead and took the doors completely off because it will be easy to get them back on later.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8751

Picture of the front door, I started out thinking I would leave the doors on, but just after putting the hinges on I decided I would take them off.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8750

Going to build a giant fire in this thing tonight, while I am mowing the lawn and cleaning up my work area.

For as much trouble as I had initially with the plasma cutter, I absolutely love it now. I would go back and buy another one in a second if something happens to this after the warranty period is over. I decided that it was time to take the training wheels off and I free hand cut the the door openings and 75% of the domed end cut.

speers90
05-10-2014, 08:03 PM
Burn out time. First step load cooker with cut down pallets.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8754

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8755

Start fire
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8756

Fire is rolling now, move cooker farther away from house!
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8757

wryan1295
05-11-2014, 12:50 AM
Looking real good

Blanton
05-11-2014, 09:04 AM
So that what all the sirens I heard were for. That is looking really nice!

speers90
05-11-2014, 06:58 PM
Had another good day of working on the cooker, even had time to help the misses put in some landscaping around the house.

Started out the day by getting the air intakes cut into the firebox sides, can't overstate how much I am loving the plasma cutter now. Still have the handle to build for each intake spinner, think I know what I am going to do but waiting on something to arrive to see if it will work or not.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8760

Then I welded up the remaining 5 seams in the firebox and got busy grinding. After that it was time to grind on the visible trailer seams. Not to much fun, but it had to be done.

I didn't imagine I would get this far today, but I was able to get the firebox tacked onto the tank/trailer. Still a bunch of welding to do on that connection but just getting it in position is 9/10 of the battle.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8761

There is 9" of clearance under the firebox.

RookieTJx2
05-11-2014, 07:32 PM
Heck, you're closer to done than I am!
Looks good, but please tell me you're not good enough to free hand the spinners...

Frosty
05-11-2014, 07:32 PM
Looks great. I am planning something similar to this for my next build.

speers90
05-11-2014, 08:04 PM
Heck, you're closer to done than I am!
Looks good, but please tell me you're not good enough to free hand the spinners...

No, no! I used my radius tool and a straight edge on the spinners!

KnucklHed BBQ
05-12-2014, 09:23 AM
Looks really good! Enjoying the updates! :thumb:

Branded BBQ
05-12-2014, 10:35 AM
Nice build!!!!

Bagman
05-12-2014, 12:40 PM
Great looking build so far! Cant wait to see it completed.

backseatdoa
05-12-2014, 12:41 PM
Keep the pics coming...I'm getting motivated to start a new build!

speers90
05-12-2014, 10:58 PM
Finished welding the firebox to the tank/trailer tonight. Have a lot of grinding to do now, will be pleased if I can get that done before the weekend.

Yendor
05-12-2014, 11:04 PM
Wow, when is the last time you slept? Great job, how did you get it into position to weld it?

speers90
05-12-2014, 11:23 PM
Wow, when is the last time you slept? Great job, how did you get it into position to weld it?

I sat the firebox up on 4" blocks, leveled it and then got the trailer/tank into position over the firebox. After that I got a couple jacks out, took the wheels off the trailer and lowered the tank onto the firebox, made sure everything was level and tacked it all together. Jacked it up and put the wheels back on, glad I don't have to manhandle that big firebox anymore!

AaronPo
05-13-2014, 12:03 AM
Subscribed and love watching your build, I'm a metal head and love fabrication and welding. While I currently don't have a project, I do vicariously through you!

dwfisk
05-13-2014, 07:20 AM
I'm really enjoying your build and can't wait to see the big pig cook. You have some really neat design ideas and the quality of the actual fabrication looks great, thanks for the detailed documentation. I especially like the no frills simplicity of just the cooker & wood storage on the well built trailer.

speers90
05-13-2014, 10:23 PM
I did a little grinding tonight to clean up some spots, still plenty more of that to do but it can wait! Then I got a hole cut out for the exhaust stack, I slipped the pipe in and tacked it in a couple of spots just to get an idea of how it will look. It isn't completely level so it is coming back out tomorrow evening so I can get that fixed, because that will drive me nuts every time I look at it!
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8772

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8773

RookieTJx2
05-13-2014, 10:29 PM
Run to Lowes (or whatever you have nearby) and get a level for fence posts. It will make leveling your stack a lot easier.
http://m.homedepot.com/p/Oz-Post-Post-Level-50740/202400878

speers90
05-13-2014, 10:41 PM
Run to Lowes (or whatever you have nearby) and get a level for fence posts. It will make leveling your stack a lot easier.
http://m.homedepot.com/p/Oz-Post-Post-Level-50740/202400878

Good advice, I happen to own a few of those! Goal tomorrow is to get that fixed and get the valve openings cut out so I can get started on the patches for those areas. My welding gas bottle is starting to get pretty low, might have to take an extended lunch on Thursday and go get a refill so I can hit it hard again this weekend.

martyleach
05-14-2014, 12:59 AM
Enjoying your posts. I love what your are doing as making stuff is one of my biggest passions. I am an awful welder (having a 20+ year old MIG with no gas doesn't help) but that doesn't stop me. I really enjoy seeing welds from people that can do it right. Keep the pics coming :)

speers90
05-14-2014, 07:49 AM
In case anyone is curious, I just thought to measure the thickness of the tank. It is 5/16", I assumed it would be 1/4" so the extra 1/16" is a bonus!

dwfisk
05-14-2014, 07:52 AM
Do you mind sharing your thought process on balancing that beast on the trailer?

speers90
05-14-2014, 08:03 AM
Do you mind sharing your thought process on balancing that beast on the trailer?

To be honest, when I was laying out the trailer on paper, I broke the weights down per foot so that I would get an accurate placement for the axle. I think so far I am right on as it takes almost no effort to pickup the tongue. That being said I still have the reverse flow plate, three cooking racks, the wood storage and the propane bottle to add, all of which will add to the tongue weight.

I will see if I still have my drawing, a picture of it probably makes more sense than my explanation.

Nutz4bbq
05-14-2014, 12:54 PM
Dude,

You got to name that smoker "The Big Bad Wolf" cause you can cook all three little pigs in there!!

Great looking build and thanks for the photo updates...:pop2:

speers90
05-14-2014, 02:00 PM
Dude,

You got to name that smoker "The Big Bad Wolf" cause you can cook all three little pigs in there!!

Great looking build and thanks for the photo updates...:pop2:

I like that a lot! On a side note, I was informed today that I am indeed cooking a whole hog on June 8th.

Dave, I found my trailer drawing with weights as I was walking out the door this morning, I will snap a picture and post here tonight.

Yendor
05-14-2014, 02:23 PM
I like that a lot! On a side note, I was informed today that I am indeed cooking a whole hog on June 8th.

Dave, I found my trailer drawing with weights as I was walking out the door this morning, I will snap a picture and post here tonight.
Let me know if you need to get a price on a hog, my FIL works for a place that butchers just hogs and he said he can get them for you if you want them. Just name the size.

Untraceable
05-14-2014, 03:40 PM
Awesome. And more awesome that with your history of pit turnover, I can probably get this on CL next year :)

speers90
05-14-2014, 10:11 PM
Got the evening started by getting the exhausted stack fixed so it is perfectly level now.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8775

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8776

Moved onto the valve openings and the pieces that needed to be cut off. I will try to remember to get a better pic of the valve patches.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8777

After that I pulled out the reverse flow plate and cut it down the middle so it will be ready to tack in place once I get the angle iron and drain pipe installed.

Here is my crude drawing, the black line was my initial guess on axle placement. As you can see my weights would have left me a little light on the tongue so I slid the axle back a little bit.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8778

RookieTJx2
05-14-2014, 11:01 PM
How does that flooring hold up to weld splatter?

speers90
05-14-2014, 11:06 PM
How does that flooring hold up to weld splatter?

Not very good that's why I move it out to the driveway! That being said, the dark gray color doesn't show it very much.

mikemci
05-14-2014, 11:14 PM
Did it fit back in the garage after welding on the stack? Looks close in the pic!

speers90
05-14-2014, 11:20 PM
Did it fit back in the garage after welding on the stack? Looks close in the pic!

From that angle it does look close but I have a good 1-2" of clearance, that was by design so I still have plenty of room to add a cover.

meatpacker
05-14-2014, 11:29 PM
Brother you are setup.... and looking real good!!!!!

Lived there 10 years and worked fur VA. Uall still have Archibalds and Dreamland? Used to be some fine Q and written up in Southern Living at leats 3 times. Loved them Dreamy ribs. We'd mop up the sauce with the bread.

meatpacker
05-14-2014, 11:58 PM
Not very good that's why I move it out to the driveway! That being said, the dark gray color doesn't show it very much.

Was thinking the same about the floor. My neighbor has a similar smoker but instead of a plate he ran the same 8 inch pipe from the fire box to within inches of the opposite end. Makes cleaning easier. Supported the pipe run with some saddles. Great looking work.

speers90
05-15-2014, 05:22 PM
Picked up a new bottle of welding gas over lunch today, so we are back in business. Going to try to get the doors in place tonight.

speers90
05-15-2014, 10:29 PM
Got the doors mounted tonight, I am very pleased with how they turned out. One of the things I really wanted on this build was to have the door strapping on the inside. I have built them both ways now and this was definitely more challenging but I really like the look.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8782

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8783

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8784

There is one little 2" area on the rear door that I need to hit with the grinder to improve the fit, but other than that they fit beautifully.

RookieTJx2
05-15-2014, 11:18 PM
Do you have a slip roller?

speers90
05-16-2014, 07:45 AM
Do you have a slip roller?

Nope, just used c-clamps and clamped every couple of inches to get the curve. That was the time consuming part.

dwfisk
05-16-2014, 07:54 AM
Very nice. I've started putting all my door framing on the inside of my verticals too, gives the cookers a much more "clean" exterior look. I really like the way you preserved the full width opening for hogs and still have two doors, was kinda wondering if that was your plan or you were going with a counterwieght on a single big door. IMO you made the better choice. Gettin close :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:

speers90
05-16-2014, 07:58 AM
Very nice. I've started putting all my door framing on the inside of my verticals too, give the cookers a much more "clean" exterior look. I really like the way you preserved the full width opening for hogs and still have two doors, was kinda wondering if that was your plan or you were going with a counterwieght on a single big door. IMO you made the better choice. Gettin close :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:

Yeah, the ability to cook whole hogs was definitely something I took into account in the design process and I went with double doors for a couple of reasons. The first being that I do not really like the look of the counterweight and secondly I suspect there will be plenty of cooks when I will really only need to use about half the cooker.

T-doh
05-16-2014, 09:29 AM
That is exceptional work man. You keep that up I'm seeing a "Speer's Smokers" business in your future!!

speers90
05-16-2014, 12:13 PM
That is exceptional work man. You keep that up I'm seeing a "Speer's Smokers" business in your future!!

I would be lying if I said I hadn't thought about that, but I need to build a few and be happy with my work before I would ever make that jump. I will tell you that I have discussed it with Paul (Tuscaloosa Q) a little bit. I sent him a few messages several months ago asking questions and he was very helpful and forthcoming. More coming very soon about Paul, what a good man he is.

T-doh
05-16-2014, 08:17 PM
Well hey if you wanna build one and send it Down here to Illinois I'd be willing to try it out for a few years... You know... A little R&D work... Make sure it'll withstand the tests of time.. Lol

speers90
05-16-2014, 10:32 PM
Paul (TuscaloosaQ) you are the man, your package for me arrived today.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8787

Paul contacted me last week and asked if he could send me any parts for my build, I said sure send me one of those cool touch spring handles. A couple days later he sent me another message that said he was sending the handle along with trailer lights, light boxes, and asked again if I needed anything else. At that point I decided that I would do all of my handles with the cool touch springs and asked him to send me eight. Without hesitation Paul said you bet, I also asked him to send me a bill which he refused to do. Here are the goodies he sent to me, unsolicited.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8786

speers90
05-16-2014, 10:48 PM
Major hurdle cleared tonight, reverse flow plate is in place, tacked along the edges and the seam down the middle is welded solid. I will go back and weld all the edges solid too. Somehow it worked out exactly how I envision, a nice gentle slope towards the drain end.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8788

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8790

I will get the drain trimmed down to height tomorrow and welded in.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8789

Sort of a last minute decision, I changed my original design and decided to run the drain all the way to the edge of the trailer. I think I will be happy that I did this.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8791

We are getting close!

AaronPo
05-17-2014, 12:38 AM
Looking good brotha! Love seeing your work and the progress!

dwfisk
05-17-2014, 07:00 AM
Paul, what a great gift, way to pay it forward brother:eusa_clap:eusa_clap:eusa_clap

speers90
05-17-2014, 10:37 AM
Spent the morning doing chores and cleaning up my work area. Did manage to to get the fenders on and did a little grinding on the rear cook chamber door to improve the fit. Should get a good 4-5 hours of work in this afternoon before we shut it down early tonight to have a weenie roast!
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8792

speers90
05-17-2014, 06:55 PM
I decided to make this afternoons session all about handles.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8793

Intake spinner handles.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8794

Other side
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8796

Firebox door handle
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8795

And this is what it looks like so far
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8797

Will probably try to do a lot of the remaining fabrication tomorrow, because I can weld at night during the week without upsetting the neighbors.

80 gallon smokin
05-17-2014, 08:30 PM
Nice build my man, keep up the great work!!

speers90
05-18-2014, 03:05 PM
Time to get the wood storage & propane tank spot fabricated. Still have some work to do on the propane spot, specifically how I will secure the bottle to the trailer, but I am waiting until all other fabrication is done to see what material I have left to work with.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8798

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8799

T-doh
05-18-2014, 07:11 PM
Had you considered enclosing the area for the propane tank? Possibly making the wood storage extended with a separate area for the tank? If your just using the propane tank for the weed burner is it a must to have it mounted on the trailer? Kinda seems like more fab work that could be easily tossed on the back of the truck right?

speers90
05-18-2014, 07:37 PM
Had you considered enclosing the area for the propane tank? Possibly making the wood storage extended with a separate area for the tank? If your just using the propane tank for the weed burner is it a must to have it mounted on the trailer? Kinda seems like more fab work that could be easily tossed on the back of the truck right?

Yeah I want it on the trailer, it won't take much to finish that off, just want to make sure I don't use something up that is intended for another spot.

speers90
05-18-2014, 07:48 PM
I would be lying if I said this was planned, I got lucky and the air intake spinner that I messed up when I was trying to figure out the plasma cutter had a perfect radius on it to allow me to fabricate a hidden door stop.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8800

jeffh
05-18-2014, 08:48 PM
This thread makes me want to buy a welding torch and get crackin! Well done, sir!

tsimm15
05-18-2014, 09:14 PM
Coming along fantastic. Also, big shot out to Paul for the hook ups. Good people for sure.

VanBo BBQ
05-18-2014, 09:39 PM
I really like the hinges on the doors. Great job!

speers90
05-19-2014, 07:47 AM
Sent off some pics and info to a local sandblaster/painter and he came back with what I felt like was a reasonable price so as soon as I am done with fabrication I will be taking it to him. I toyed around with doing it myself but I don't really have a good setup for it and I am getting to that point where I just want it to be done, so I will maintain my focus on the fabrication and let someone with experience put the paint on.

speers90
05-19-2014, 10:02 PM
No progress to report today, I feel like such a slacker. Had a little league baseball coaches meeting tonight so I decided to just take the evening off, recharge the batteries and hope to get a little bit of work in tomorrow night.

So that I feel like I am doing something I will make myself a list of things to do:
Finish welding exhaust stack in
Make exhaust cap & handle
Finish welding in the reverse flow plate
Cut opening between firebox and tank
Cut drain to height and weld in
Weld up tank patches
Build a boxed in base for propane cylinder
Build cooking racks and rails
Build exterior shelf
Weld on interior drip shield on doors
Temp probe access holes
Mount thermometers
Weld on light boxes
Grind, Grind, Grind, Grind, Grind, Grind
Take for sandblasting/paint
Run wiring for lights

Seems like quite a bit still to do, but most of it will go pretty fast.

HarrynVegas
05-19-2014, 11:18 PM
You are farking amazing. You have a job? Are you on PED's? Where do you get this much energy?

speers90
05-19-2014, 11:47 PM
You are farking amazing. You have a job? Are you on PED's? Where do you get this much energy?

I get a lot of satisfaction from building stuff and since I hung up my tool belt for an office job, I need an outlet for that passion! No drugs here, in fact diet dr pepper is the hardest thing I drink.

I would build cookers/grills for people in a second if my skills were good enough and there was the demand, but I live pretty far north so I don't know what the demand is for offset type cookers. I guess I could make insulated fireboxes a standard option!

Once I get this wrapped up, I have a decent sized landscape project to start, building a retaining wall/planter box that will wrap around 1/3 of our house. Before this it was an in home theater build, pretty proud of that one!

Yendor
05-19-2014, 11:48 PM
You are farking amazing. You have a job? Are you on PED's? Where do you get this much energy?

I often wonder this myself.

Blythewood BBQ'er
05-19-2014, 11:57 PM
Lookin nice man!!!

KnucklHed BBQ
05-20-2014, 02:14 AM
No progress to report today, I feel like such a slacker. Had a little league baseball coaches meeting tonight so I decided to just take the evening off, recharge the batteries and hope to get a little bit of work in tomorrow night.

So that I feel like I am doing something I will make myself a list of things to do:
Finish welding exhaust stack in
Make exhaust cap & handle
Finish welding in the reverse flow plate
Cut opening between firebox and tank
Cut drain to height and weld in
Weld up tank patches
Build a boxed in base for propane cylinder
Build cooking racks and rails
Build exterior shelf
Weld on interior drip shield on doors
Temp probe access holes
Mount thermometers
Weld on light boxes
Grind, Grind, Grind, Grind, Grind, Grind
Take for sandblasting/paint
Run wiring for lights

Seems like quite a bit still to do, but most of it will go pretty fast.

:yawn::yawn::yawn::yawn:

:becky: Keep up the great work! :thumb:

TuscaloosaQ
05-20-2014, 08:52 PM
Brother i am loving your build!!!!!!! If you ever want to move South you r hired.... no need to send a resume!!!!!!! You are knocking it out of the park!!!!!!!!!!

Tell you what i really like the trailer is nice and tight... Fits the cooker
Looks clean!!!!! Kudos brother!!!!!

eddieh70301
05-20-2014, 09:56 PM
Excellent build. Sure wish I had a RF cooker like you are building. That would be next on my "want" list. Since I have no "building skills" I would have to find a builder. When the time comes, guess i will give TuscaloosaQ a call. But only if he can build me an LSU cooker.

speers90
05-20-2014, 10:25 PM
Brother i am loving your build!!!!!!! If you ever want to move South you r hired.... no need to send a resume!!!!!!! You are knocking it out of the park!!!!!!!!!!

Tell you what i really like the trailer is nice and tight... Fits the cooker
Looks clean!!!!! Kudos brother!!!!!

Paul you are too kind, you and Tyler have probably forgot more about welding and metal fabrication then I will ever know!

speers90
05-20-2014, 10:27 PM
Excellent build. Sure wish I had a RF cooker like you are building. That would be next on my "want" list. Since I have no "building skills" I would have to find a builder. When the time comes, guess i will give TuscaloosaQ a call. But only if he can build me an LSU cooker.

I have a feeling bbq trumps even the rival school so I bet he would build you the cooker of your dreams and then some.

speers90
05-20-2014, 10:43 PM
Got the night started by thinking it would be a good idea to tie the doors open because I was going to be working inside the cooker and I didn't want those big doors crashing down on me.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8808

Took the plasma cutter to the drain, cut it off even with the reverse flow plate
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8805

Ran a bead around the drain, I will take the grinder and a flap disc to the drain weld and middle seam of the reverse flow plate to make it smooth.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8806

Moved onto the cutout between the firebox and the cooking chamber. Was going to try to use a straight edge, but it was just to much of a pain so I cut this free hand with the plasma cutter
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8804

Just noticed in this picture that I have a little bit still hanging in the upper right hand corner, I will have to knock that out tomorrow. Probably just take some pliers and pull it off.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8803

Ran a bead around the exhaust stack.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8807

Not pictured is that I got about 2/3 of the reverse flow plate fully welded in before I hit the duty cycle on my welder for the first time. So I decided that was a good time to shut it down for the night. Pretty happy with what I got done tonight, finish up the reverse flow plate tomorrow and I will be done inside the cooker except for the racks.

meatpacker
05-21-2014, 09:07 AM
I see you have 3 cookers posted that you own. So I'm wondering what you're gonna name this self built cooker? I'm thinking you should put a name on the cooker. Might as well advertise. Who knows you might get some business. Maybe we could have a contest to help you name it.

speers90
05-21-2014, 11:06 PM
Got the propane cage built, I will drill a couple holes on each side and then strap the propane cylinder down.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8815

Moved onto the reverse flow plate dam
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8814

Then I finished up the work session with the exhaust cap
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8812

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8813

Not pictured, I finished welding the reverse flow plate into place and got started welding the exterior spots that needed done. I have about 10 more minutes of welding to do on those areas. My goal tomorrow is to get the cooking rack slides built, I can always build the racks while the cooker is at paint. I am taking friday off, but plan on grinding most of the day on Saturday.

jeffturnerjr
05-22-2014, 12:48 AM
Looking fantastic!

Cpick
05-22-2014, 01:04 AM
What a great build i loved reading/looking through the pics cant wait to see it finished up. its a goal of mine to build my own rolling pit and this is very inspirational

Yellowhair42
05-22-2014, 09:19 AM
I like how you put the rotating part of the intake for the FB on the inside.Much cleaner look.I'm stealing that idea for my build coming up.

smokinbarrel
05-22-2014, 12:10 PM
Awesome build! Very nice craftsmanship, can't wait to see the first cook.

BrewerDJ
05-22-2014, 01:44 PM
Excellent work. This is looking REALLY fine. Keep up the awesome work.

speers90
05-22-2014, 09:32 PM
We are headed down the home stretch with this build. Got the cooking slides installed tonight, put in 3 levels. If all 3 racks are in, there is 4" clearance between. 9" of clearance between top & bottom racks. The middle rack is primarily for rib cooks, but I could see using it for chicken, sausages, etc...
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8823

I will put on the anti-tips once I have the racks built.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8822

Went back and forth on shelf length. I decided to go only the width of the doors, I thought about going from the wood box to the end of the firebox.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8826

Light boxes from Tuscaloosa Q
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8824

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8825

Walking around the cooker
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8817

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8818

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8819

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8820

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8821

I will build the cooking racks while the blaster/painter has the cooker. Other than that I have quite a bit of grinding to do on saturday and then it is headed off to make it look pretty. Oh I have a couple of thermometer to install and some probe ports, but nothing to complicated. All be darned if welding in the reverse flow plate didn't move the metal a little bit so I have some more grinding on the doors to get them back to fitting how I want.

HarrynVegas
05-22-2014, 11:24 PM
You sir, are amazing.

CT-Mike
05-23-2014, 06:36 AM
Nice looking work. I take it the propane tank box has holes in the bottom to allow rain water to drain out?

Can't wait to see this thing finished.

speers90
05-23-2014, 06:56 AM
Nice looking work. I take it the propane tank box has holes in the bottom to allow rain water to drain out?

Can't wait to see this thing finished.

It's a reverse flow so any water that would get in will come out the grease drain. This will be stored indoors when not in use so I don't anticipate that being an issue, plus I will probably do a high temp gasket seal around the doors.

Peter K
05-23-2014, 08:23 AM
It's a reverse flow so any water that would get in will come out the grease drain. This will be stored indoors when not in use so I don't anticipate that being an issue, plus I will probably do a high temp gasket seal around the doors.

I think he meant the 20lb tank holder in the front.

speers90
05-23-2014, 08:33 AM
I think he meant the 20lb tank holder in the front.

That makes sense and I hadn't thought about that. I will put a hole in it!

T-doh
05-23-2014, 09:32 AM
Speer's, that is easily the nicest, cleanest, most amazing build I've seen come out of a garage! You are truly an inspiration. To all of us at home wanting to build a big pit. Congrats man, my hats off to you!

birgey
05-23-2014, 10:36 AM
I have enjoyed reading this thread and admiring all the pics and handiwork.

I've always wanted a cooker like this, and hoped that one day me and my dad could work on one together.I'm broke and he just passed away earlier this month. Maybe one day I can do this and make my son help.

pitbossJB
05-23-2014, 11:05 AM
That's gonna be a great cooker. Thanks for the thread!

speers90
05-23-2014, 01:24 PM
I have enjoyed reading this thread and admiring all the pics and handiwork.

I've always wanted a cooker like this, and hoped that one day me and my dad could work on one together.I'm broke and he just passed away earlier this month. Maybe one day I can do this and make my son help.

Sorry to hear about your dad. I lost my dad about 5 years ago, we built a cooker together about 15 years ago, it was terrible but the experience led me to this point.

CT-Mike
05-23-2014, 03:01 PM
I think he meant the 20lb tank holder in the front.

Yup, that's what I meant. Would hate to see you have standing water in there cause rust issues.

speers90
05-23-2014, 04:09 PM
Yup, that's what I meant. Would hate to see you have standing water in there cause rust issues.

Thanks for the suggestion, I hadn't thought about that at all. I will put a whole in it before sending off for paint.

speers90
05-24-2014, 10:55 PM
Dropped it off at the blaster/painter this afternoon. Can't wait to see what it will look like but also nervous that I did enough to make it look nice.

HarrynVegas
05-24-2014, 11:08 PM
All that grinding......you did more than enough. Great job.

dwfisk
05-25-2014, 06:52 AM
Dropped it off at the blaster/painter this afternoon. Can't wait to see what it will look like but also nervous that I did enough to make it look nice.

Home stretch!!!!!!! What kind of paint/primer are you going with?

speers90
05-25-2014, 07:25 AM
Home stretch!!!!!!! What kind of paint/primer are you going with?

Not sure on the brand, I asked for a flat black high temp paint, he said he uses 1000 degree.

T-doh
05-25-2014, 08:05 AM
You have blown thru this build man! What kind of time table did th painter give ya?

WineMaster
05-25-2014, 08:16 AM
Cant Wait to see it after paint. Well done sir !!!!

speers90
05-25-2014, 11:11 PM
You have blown thru this build man! What kind of time table did th painter give ya?

He didn't give me one and I didn't ask, he said he'd fit it in. Not sure if that means this week or a month, if it gets to be Friday and I haven't heard back, I'll shoot him an email.

speers90
05-29-2014, 08:35 PM
Just got an email from the blast/paint man, said he finished it up and I can come get it in the morning! I am pretty excited.

Adjg04
05-29-2014, 08:39 PM
Can't wait to see it!

JamieK
05-29-2014, 08:43 PM
:clap2::clap2::clap2:

peeps
05-29-2014, 09:18 PM
http://37.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mc3hg5VpQP1qcy0p7o1_500.gif

AaronPo
05-29-2014, 09:20 PM
Wooo hooo, Can't wait to see it all painted and looking good!

bigdexxx
05-29-2014, 10:19 PM
I'm ready to see the paint work, this smoker would look real good at my house and I can test it out for you too!

HarrynVegas
05-29-2014, 11:13 PM
speers, if you don't fire this up this weekend many of us may kill our selves.

speers90
05-29-2014, 11:24 PM
speers, if you don't fire this up this weekend many of us may kill our selves.

It's getting fired up! I plan to do a cook for a party on Saturday if I get it seasoned and finished up tomorrow afternoon/evening.

speers90
05-30-2014, 09:32 AM
Here it is, pretty happy with it. Couple of spots that I missed with the flap disc that you can see now with paint on it. Planning to season it tonight. Guy lives on a gravel road, so these pictures show a little dust, didn't have time to wipe it off.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8852

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8853

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8854

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8855

tgstrang
05-30-2014, 09:46 AM
Awesome cooker man! That thing is a beast!

Displaced Texan
05-30-2014, 09:46 AM
She looks beautiful! You did a great job and can't wait to see some pr0n from the cooks.

speers90
05-30-2014, 09:49 AM
Already decided I don't like the black rims. Deciding if I am going chrome or red.

va_connoisseur
05-30-2014, 09:58 AM
Looks great. Excellent build.

I have been looking for some wheels as well. My white wagons have got to go.

Newport65
05-30-2014, 10:14 AM
This is awesome...you have some serious skills...

rajdawg
05-30-2014, 10:26 AM
That is awesome. Great job

Ryan921
05-30-2014, 10:28 AM
Man I cant wait to see this thing in action. You have done an amazing job sir, and an awesome job of documenting the experience for all of us. Well Done!

I'll start heading that way now. Should be there before midnight. Ill camp out inside that beast until its time to cook in the morning:heh:

drumdawg67
05-30-2014, 11:18 AM
Man, have been following your build from the beginning & you should be extremely proud of yourself. You've got mad skills. Cooker looks awesome. When you ready to start building for the masses, you'll be really busy. Orders from just the Brethren could keep you employed for a year. Again, congrats.

RT
05-30-2014, 11:31 AM
Great job on this project, sure you are going to enjoy it.

Have a GREAT time with your first cook Saturday!

:thumb:

mckbcat2000
05-30-2014, 11:37 AM
Looks outstanding.

HarrynVegas
05-30-2014, 11:39 AM
It's just beautiful. Thanks for taking all the time to document this for us. It's been like watching prOn from a great cook. We can almost taste it.

speers90
05-30-2014, 11:40 AM
Man, have been following your build from the beginning & you should be extremely proud of yourself. You've got mad skills. Cooker looks awesome. When you ready to start building for the masses, you'll be really busy. Orders from just the Brethren could keep you employed for a year. Again, congrats.

Building cookers and private party catering, that would be the life!

KnucklHed BBQ
05-30-2014, 11:48 AM
She's a beaut Clark!! :thumb:


http://www.mtv.com/news/photos/h/holiday_families_flip/10.jpg

SpartaChris
05-30-2014, 11:56 AM
AMAZING job, Speers. Looking forward to seeing that bad boy in action!

JamieK
05-30-2014, 12:16 PM
Congrats, really enjoyed watching your progress.

80 gallon smokin
05-30-2014, 12:30 PM
Nice!!:mrgreen:

RookieTJx2
05-30-2014, 12:40 PM
Yep, you beat me. Looks great though.

Yendor
05-30-2014, 01:12 PM
I really can't believe how quickly it went together. Looks fantastic, can't wait to see the smoke rolling off it.

peeps
05-30-2014, 02:06 PM
Great build! She looks great!!!

Rafael
05-30-2014, 02:23 PM
Already decided I don't like the black rims. Deciding if I am going chrome or red.

A satin finish rim would make it look nice, IMO. Great build, looks amazing!

Rednekked
05-30-2014, 04:09 PM
AWESOME job Speers. She's beautiful!

Uh, oh! Gotta go. Wife just drove up. She told me if she catches me looking at pron an the internet again, she's gonna leave me.




Hold on. Maybe I should rethink this?

speers90
05-30-2014, 05:28 PM
2 out of 3 cooking racks built, ran out of metal so the third will have to wait.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8856

Couple thermometers installed, and you can see I have a little touch up to do.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8857

It is ready to season tonight, will get it fired up after supper and slowly ramp it up to 350+

dwfisk
05-30-2014, 05:58 PM
Wow, just outstanding! I gave this thread an excellent rating a while back and you sure came through! The doors with the internal flashing look great, very clean. I be it's gonna cook better that it looks.

speers90
05-30-2014, 08:40 PM
Slowly ramping up right now, left gauge reading 245, right gauge reading 240. Just about ready to throw 3-4 splits on to see what we can do!

SpartaChris
05-30-2014, 10:38 PM
Slowly ramping up right now, left gauge reading 245, right gauge reading 240. Just about ready to throw 3-4 splits on to see what we can do!

Wow, that's some pretty good tuning there. Hope your seasoning goes well.

KC Transplant
05-30-2014, 11:34 PM
That internal flashing looks so good. I have to stop looking at smoker builds. I keep seeing great things I want to build into mine. I'm totally stealing that idea. That is a great looking smoker. You obviously know what you're doing.

AaronPo
05-31-2014, 12:22 AM
SO awesome, You did amazing and should be so proud! I can't wait to see some pr0n!!

speers90
05-31-2014, 09:16 AM
First cook in progress: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2939425#post2939425

lennitt
05-31-2014, 05:03 PM
great great build and thread! Just read it after looking at today's cook. If you ever want to try an offset vertical I am your guinea pig!

speers90
05-31-2014, 10:11 PM
great great build and thread! Just read it after looking at today's cook. If you ever want to try an offset vertical I am your guinea pig!

Don't give me any ideas!

speers90
06-02-2014, 08:34 PM
Just a couple of things to finish up and this build thread will be complete. Got my lights and brakes wired up. Thanks again to Paul for the light boxes and lights, such a clean look and really easy to install.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8886

Then I installed the compression latches on the cook chamber doors. I only snapped a pic of this one, there is one of the other side as well. Please excuse how dirty it looks, I haven't gotten around to cleaning up from my first cook!
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8885

Only a few things left to do: weld anti-tips on the cooking rack slides, build the third rack (need to purchase more metal), install some bracing for the exterior shelf.

speers90
06-03-2014, 08:31 PM
Installed the anti tips tonight, thought of one more thing I need to do. Install the safety chain, should only take 10 minutes or so. Might knock that off the list tomorrow evening.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8889

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=8890

pjayt
06-03-2014, 09:03 PM
how thick is the original tank ?

speers90
06-03-2014, 09:18 PM
how thick is the original tank ?

The tank is 5/16" thick. I assumed it would be 1/4" so I was pleased when I found that out.

speers90
08-23-2014, 02:21 PM
After cooking on the Beast several times I decided I needed to add a bottom shelf support, the shelf is so long that once you add a fair amount of meat it starts to sag a little in the middle. Which makes it difficult to slide the rack in and out.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=854&pictureid=9091

Decoy205
08-23-2014, 03:09 PM
Congrats man! What a great job. It looks pro for sure. What a monster cooker!

BadAzzBBQ
08-05-2015, 08:54 AM
This thread has inspired me to build one smaller with a Warner box.

jsmorrow2s
08-05-2015, 06:26 PM
between this build and the ones that aaron franklin has are just awe inspiring in how much meat it can hold! good job sir!