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80 gallon smokin
05-15-2014, 01:10 PM
Hello guys, i am knew to this forum and this is my first smoker build and it is a RF in progress. let me know if you guys see anything i need to address. i gathered a lot of information from this site over the last year a finally joined. you guys have loads of information and ideas, thanks for the help. i will post more pics as i progress. any comments would be appreciated.:biggrin1:





http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/e93230fa-1205-4c7c-acd0-5245880515d9_zps7899bd20.jpg?t=1400171619

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/4658b0f9-b25b-42b6-a392-a8b61904b226_zps25805acf.jpg?t=1400171714

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/2f421bf7-e692-49f4-a1c8-c6cb7dfdd8dd_zps9a3cc27c.jpg?t=1400171785

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/ea83bc82-317c-4852-b4fe-793dbfaedd58_zps9f45d5f7.jpg?t=1400172011

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/b922aee2-fe76-48af-9096-e4028dbb7e97_zps8156a6fa.jpg?t=1400172665

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/6e16a780-d111-4b39-b256-0288f139007d_zps6c0731b8.jpg?t=1400172716

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/afcc2d1e-39a5-4040-8895-a5f9406c5da3_zps72fafb04.jpg?t=1400172781

JT's Smokehouse
05-15-2014, 02:58 PM
This is very cool man, I've been searching for a super small tank to build a mini reverse flow myself! How have you calculated the size for the firebox?

Bagman
05-15-2014, 03:03 PM
Lookin good so far! Cant wait to see the finished product. Only suggestion i have is to run your dimensions through the pit calculator.

80 gallon smokin
05-15-2014, 03:05 PM
thanks man, I used feldon smoker calculator. link below


http://www.feldoncentral.com/bbqcalculator.html

80 gallon smokin
05-15-2014, 03:16 PM
yea, i found the pit calculator after i started the FB. the calculator called for a 18x18x19 and mine is 18x18x18. hope it functions!!:shock:

DownHomeQue
05-15-2014, 04:56 PM
Nice and Welcome to the Forums!

pitbossJB
05-15-2014, 05:21 PM
looks good, I'm sure it will be fine.

tsimm15
05-15-2014, 06:35 PM
Looks good so far. Can't wait to see more.

mikemci
05-15-2014, 09:40 PM
You're off to a great start. I can see you know your way around a welder, you've used the pit calculator, I think you've got it whipped!! Keep posting your progress please. This is gonna turn out great! You might go to www.lonestargrillz.com (http://www.lonestargrillz.com) They have some very good videos there, where he walks all around the smokers and describes them in great detail. You may pick up some small detail that you could add easily now, rather than later.

80 gallon smokin
05-15-2014, 10:24 PM
Thanks for the great comments and suggestions!! I Water tested the RF plate tonight, lets just say i'm glad its not a boat.!!!! Will post more pics soon.

80 gallon smokin
05-19-2014, 01:58 PM
I worked on my build this weekend and got the RF plate welded in and built my grates and installed them. will be working on the handles, stack cover, latches and other accessories and hope to fire it up soon to test. will post more pics as I progress.:biggrin1:






http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/efd82f82-fafe-4029-ac1d-08ccddfea76d_zps6176bb54.jpg?t=1400521240

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/ce3400ce-94ba-40a0-af4c-eac536fe113d_zpsc919286e.jpg?t=1400521169

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/30359e7e-5f11-4bcc-9322-ac59433893ab_zpsa6ca83bf.jpg?t=1400521110

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/a24b40c6-02a5-4b6e-807d-0e48494a35d7_zps06407ea5.jpg?t=1400520956

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/93a61422-4c5c-4028-8390-b1bc2a04bcb9_zps6d99fe68.jpg?t=1400520881

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/7f652041-5933-4534-9198-6484d8e8c056_zpsec07eaf7.jpg?t=1400520819

speers90
05-19-2014, 07:03 PM
Looking good!

cowgirl
05-19-2014, 08:13 PM
It's looking great!

dwfisk
05-19-2014, 08:27 PM
Very nice attention to detail on your build. You may not know it yet but Q from a self built cooker is ALWAYS the best!

Trailer Trash
05-19-2014, 10:29 PM
80 Gallon,
This looks great and I'm really glad your using the calculations on the pit calculator as I'm curious how those numbers work out for you unit. I built a similar design years ago with a 1/4" steel firebox. I did have to re-do my expanded steel firebox grate with 1/2" round solid steel rod to with stand the heat. Also, I added a second chimney at the opposite end of the firebox to help dump excessive heat and smoke to compensate for my initial fire control issues. You may want to look into the door clamps that Meadow Creek uses to better seal in heat etc. I like your meat rack access. Great job. Looking forward to your cooking successes!

80 gallon smokin
05-20-2014, 09:13 AM
80 Gallon,
This looks great and I'm really glad your using the calculations on the pit calculator as I'm curious how those numbers work out for you unit. I built a similar design years ago with a 1/4" steel firebox. I did have to re-do my expanded steel firebox grate with 1/2" round solid steel rod to with stand the heat. Also, I added a second chimney at the opposite end of the firebox to help dump excessive heat and smoke to compensate for my initial fire control issues. You may want to look into the door clamps that Meadow Creek uses to better seal in heat etc. I like your meat rack access. Great job. Looking forward to your cooking successes!


thanks for the great comments. :biggrin1:
i ran my calculations on a 80 gallon tank after i started my fire box, i guessed at the size of the FB based on 1/3 @ 18x18x18 x 3/8 thick and the calcs came out to 18x18x19 so i hope its close enough @ 94%.

my stack is 4" at 30" tall and my air intakes are 2x2, 3 on each side.

i purchased some similar latches on Amazon for the CC and FB doors.

i used 1 1/4" x 3/16" black iron catwalk grating for my FB grate, hope it last a while.
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/20140503_174242_zps11113619.jpg

Will keep y'all posted on my progress, thanks all:grin:

Trailer Trash
05-20-2014, 11:03 PM
80 Gallon, I hope you keep us up with the pics. This is going to be a sweet smoker! Keep it up! :)

80 gallon smokin
05-23-2014, 10:02 AM
80 Gallon,
This looks great and I'm really glad your using the calculations on the pit calculator as I'm curious how those numbers work out for you unit. I built a similar design years ago with a 1/4" steel firebox. I did have to re-do my expanded steel firebox grate with 1/2" round solid steel rod to with stand the heat. Also, I added a second chimney at the opposite end of the firebox to help dump excessive heat and smoke to compensate for my initial fire control issues. You may want to look into the door clamps that Meadow Creek uses to better seal in heat etc. I like your meat rack access. Great job. Looking forward to your cooking successes!


Trailer trash i have been thinking about what you said having to add a 2nd stack on the opposite end to dump excess heat and smoke. can you tell me why you had to do this?

80 gallon smokin
05-27-2014, 09:55 AM
Worked on my build this weekend. Getting close to a test burn. any suggestions for the first burn? Then a sandblast and high heat paint. can't wait for first smoke.:biggrin1:



http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/29b5ca84-e30d-4d9c-8442-162683bf38ff_zpsf65cc66a.jpg?t=1401197486
installed work shelf

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/d6e050c2-96dc-470f-bdf9-3fd070d09e33_zps4fdb126e.jpg?t=1401197425
installed some door latches

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/eba4d24c-68d7-4afd-bf09-f47ef6a4e116_zps47da65e7.jpg?t=1401197258

thanks for any input.

SmokeMyMeat77
05-27-2014, 04:50 PM
Great looking rig so far! I've always wanted to build my own, but lacking the shop space and spare time. Curious what you have in it cost wise to where you are now.

80 gallon smokin
05-27-2014, 05:48 PM
Great looking rig so far! I've always wanted to build my own, but lacking the shop space and spare time. Curious what you have in it cost wise to where you are now.


thanks for the compliment!! it has been a great build so far. the tank, flue, drain valve and FB grate was given to me:bow:. i purchased everything else. With the wheels, door latches, hinges, thermometers and steel and having the FB plasma cut and crimped i am into it about $540.

LEGENDS BBQ
05-27-2014, 06:18 PM
I just finished a 80gal RF build about 6mths ago and yours loos very similar, after using mine for a few months here are a couple thoughts. My fire box is 18x18x20 and I ran a 4inx35in stack...go bigger on smaller cooks it's great but when it's full I wish I had a 5 or 6in stack because large quantities of meat choke the flow to the point one cook I had to actually crack the door 1/8in to maintain 275-300. Secondly as on yours my fire box makes a part of the baffle plate put a diffuser plate over that area or that end will run about 25degrees hotter than the other which is the opposite of what a reverse flow should do. Fell free to shoot me any questions you may have hell the tank you have even looks just like the one I started with.

JT's Smokehouse
05-27-2014, 06:37 PM
If I were you I wouldn't add the extra stack as it will alter the whole RF draft theory, and looking at the pics I would have made a baffle plate with a grease trough pitched for drainage. It shouldn't be a big deal and otherwise a great looking pit!

80 gallon smokin
05-27-2014, 07:57 PM
I just finished a 80gal RF build about 6mths ago and yours loos very similar, after using mine for a few months here are a couple thoughts. My fire box is 18x18x20 and I ran a 4inx35in stack...go bigger on smaller cooks it's great but when it's full I wish I had a 5 or 6in stack because large quantities of meat choke the flow to the point one cook I had to actually crack the door 1/8in to maintain 275-300. Secondly as on yours my fire box makes a part of the baffle plate put a diffuser plate over that area or that end will run about 25degrees hotter than the other which is the opposite of what a reverse flow should do. Fell free to shoot me any questions you may have hell the tank you have even looks just like the one I started with.

Thanks legends. I actully had been considering a diffuser plate to go about 18 inchs inside the cc, now I will put one. I hadnt thought about a larger stack but I will definitly look at that before paint.

80 gallon smokin
05-27-2014, 08:02 PM
If I were you I wouldn't add the extra stack as it will alter the whole RF draft theory, and looking at the pics I would have made a baffle plate with a grease trough pitched for drainage. It shouldn't be a big deal and otherwise a great looking pit!

Thanks JT. I didnt think a stack on the opposite end would help but I was curious why he needed it. I did check drainage on the RF plate when I water tested but I may still add a angle for that purpose.

Trailer Trash
05-27-2014, 10:05 PM
Thanks JT. I didnt think a stack on the opposite end would help but I was curious why he needed it. I did check drainage on the RF plate when I water tested but I may still add a angle for that purpose.

It happened by mistake. I dove into the build w/o any research about options and didn't even know what "reverse flow" meant. After the unit was finished (or so I thought), with the exhaust on the opposite end of the firebox, I started researching RF. I decided I would weld in the false floor and add the second exhaust pipe. It did give me an added benefit of opening both stacks to give more airflow for starting the fire yet holding in temperature to heat up the cooker faster as opposed to starting with All The doors open. Definitely not necassary, would I do it again? Very likely, worked for me. Your build looks great! Looking forward to your progress.

Blythewood BBQ'er
05-27-2014, 10:22 PM
Great job man I wish i had your skill!

80 gallon smokin
05-28-2014, 09:38 AM
It happened by mistake. I dove into the build w/o any research about options and didn't even know what "reverse flow" meant. After the unit was finished (or so I thought), with the exhaust on the opposite end of the firebox, I started researching RF. I decided I would weld in the false floor and add the second exhaust pipe. It did give me an added benefit of opening both stacks to give more airflow for starting the fire yet holding in temperature to heat up the cooker faster as opposed to starting with All The doors open. Definitely not necassary, would I do it again? Very likely, worked for me. Your build looks great! Looking forward to your progress.


thanks for the explanation and the complements trailer trash. hope mine performs well also.

80 gallon smokin
05-28-2014, 09:45 AM
Great job man I wish i had your skill!


thanks man, these complements mean a lot coming from you guys!!

I'm not a welder/fitter by trade but i have been around it my whole career. while i did do all the work myself i do have some friends that are excellent fitter/welders who i can get pointers from. my design mostly came from this first class forum.http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gif

Royalslover
05-28-2014, 10:57 AM
Very nice build. Did you just have plate steel cut for the firebox and weld it together? How about some detail pictures of the FB?

80 gallon smokin
05-28-2014, 11:36 AM
Very nice build. Did you just have plate steel cut for the firebox and weld it together? How about some detail pictures of the FB?

thanks man!! i actually had the plate plasma cut, (shape and door opening) and then had it crimped into 2 "C" shapes and welded them together to make the cube. cost a little more but saved me a lot of cutting, fitting and welding. Easier to square up too. here are some pictures, hope they help

started with a sketch
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/20140408_092628_zpsb60d40ca.jpg

here it is after it was fitted and welded, forgot to take picks of 2 pieces
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/21550f76-8d7d-46c9-a3fa-cb337a7aed54_zps34b4c6e1.jpg?t=1401290147

layout and cut intake vents and FB to CC opening
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/bb5f4b3e-6308-466b-aa4d-9c23beda04b0_zpsf78fce57.jpg?t=1401290043

made brackets for intake from 1x1x1/8 angle
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/01c05012-8f3a-438f-a787-04d5f41fb7da_zps753d33fe.jpg?t=1401289920

made door fro ash pan from 1x1 angle and 4x1/8 flat bar
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/330b21a8-4fbc-4935-b992-d0ed57e2c0d6_zps42cf98de.jpg?t=1401289830

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/6e16a780-d111-4b39-b256-0288f139007d_zps6c0731b8.jpg

80 gallon smokin
06-09-2014, 01:43 PM
hello all, it's been a couple weeks i could not work on my build but had time this weekend. I installed a 1/4" plate 18" long below the RF plate so it does not get hammered with heat. I believe I'm ready for a test burn to check operation, go over it with a grinder to clean up welds and get it off to blast and and paint. I have a buddy who will do it for a favor!!

installed work shelf and wood rack, thermometers
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/e4932f1c-ab3c-4211-9bff-0f8141374e1f_zpscf8a5df0.jpg?t=1402333693

widened casters under firebox, seemed tipsy
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/4eb338d0-51c4-4886-81c3-05e20ef7658c_zpsd4208d1a.jpg?t=1402333516

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/6b37cee9-72d1-40e9-b50e-065244810f9a_zps1e51e99e.jpg?t=1402333472

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/a0cedaf7-8be8-4d3a-aa9f-ca4b2dff400f_zps24ade6df.jpg?t=1402335167


http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/8fc9bc09-bd17-4563-9923-2b996910f6cd_zps4f4d7e3c.jpg?t=1402333730

fabricated weather cap and installed
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/09438577-30aa-466f-a0d8-9d7337f86865_zpsa5b00898.jpg?t=1402333346

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/922b2988-3f47-425d-9a32-09149998cde9_zpsc2e7f5d1.jpg?t=1402333411

installed firebox door and clean out latches
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/c33db9df-a34e-4602-8360-561105681813_zps9db36feb.jpg?t=1402334794

pitbossJB
06-09-2014, 01:55 PM
I can't wait to see how she burns. I'm lookin' to build something along those lines myself. good job!

80 gallon smokin
06-23-2014, 11:25 AM
i was able to finish up the last of the accessories for my pit this week end, most important the adult beverage holder:thumb: and the ash pan. I will be picking up my wood this week and do a test burn ASAP and then off to paint.


http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/20140621_100129_zps519f57b8.jpg?t=1403536012

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/20140621_100155_zps61c37987.jpg?t=1403536114

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/20140621_115022_zpsb71dba15.jpg?t=1403536148

80 gallon smokin
06-23-2014, 11:42 AM
moved to bbq on weber

80 gallon smokin
07-06-2014, 12:08 PM
Well i am excited. I was finally able to light and test burn my smoker build after a few weeks of bday parties and holidays.
Started with 2 lb cowboy lump and 3 splits
45 min later hit 350 with door closed and vents wide open.
1 hr hit 400 Fb side 435 opposite and 450 top rack.
Did biscuits looked good other than a little dark on sides closer to RF end on top rack.
Closed vents 75 to 80% temp dropped to 235 and 230 near FB with clear smoke/ wifs of blue and held for 1 hour before starting to drop.
I am stoked with test burn. I am sending it to a buddy to blast and paint high heat black. (A favor). I will season it when i get it back and first cook. I will add pics of test burn as soon as i can.:biggrin1::biggrin1:

80 gallon smokin
07-07-2014, 11:02 AM
i posted this yesterday and here are the pics from the test burn.

Well i am excited. I was finally able to light and test burn my smoker build after a few weeks of bday parties and holidays.

Started with 2 lb cowboy lump and 3 splits
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/20140706_083209_zpsdd96ea94.jpg?t=1404657880
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/20140706_083746_zpsb4a3e5f4.jpg?t=1404744251

45 min later hit 350 with door closed and vents wide open.
1 hr hit 400 Fb side 435 opposite and 450 top rack.
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/20140706_092509_zps92316f53.jpg?t=1404744149
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/20140706_092516_zps61811edb.jpg?t=1404744109
Did biscuits looked good other than a little dark on sides closer to RF end on top rack.
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/20140706_094246_zps7c8f820a.jpg?t=1404744021

Closed vents 75 to 80% temp dropped to 235 and 230 near FB with clear smoke/ wifs of blue and held for 1 hour before starting to drop. i shut it down.
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/20140706_101304_zpsb72bbd4e.jpg?t=1404743585
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/20140706_101311_zpsded436d7.jpg?t=1404743550


http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/20140706_092724_zps0ef116b5.jpg?t=1404744063

here it is ready to prep for paint
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/20140706_112144_zps632dac83.jpg
http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/20140706_112249_zps97cfd99f.jpg?t=1404743508

I am stoked with test burn. I am sending it to a buddy to blast and paint high heat black. (A favor). I will season it when i get it back and first cook. I will add pics of test burn as soon as i can.:biggrin1::biggrin1:

i will post pics after paint and first cook, thanks everyone for information posted here and all the great advice.

pitbossJB
07-07-2014, 11:15 AM
That looks great!

peeps
07-07-2014, 11:18 AM
great looking cooker!!!

80 gallon smokin
07-11-2014, 03:22 PM
I I picked up my smoker from my buddies paint yard yesterday and i could not be happier with how it turned out. had it blasted inside/out and a coat of industrial high heat black on the outside. this will be the last post in this thread, the next thread will be pics with all the trimming and hopefully some pron.:clap2: thank you all for your ideas and encouragement.



http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/20140710_152633_zps73b87c95.jpg

http://i1242.photobucket.com/albums/gg525/jsavoie77/20140710_152618_zps63225d1e.jpg

SmokeMyMeat77
07-11-2014, 03:30 PM
Looks great! Now get to cooking!

80 gallon smokin
07-11-2014, 04:00 PM
Looks great! Now get to cooking!
work permitting i plan to, maybe a fatty, pork fingers and sausage for a first smoke. will post pics!!

tsimm15
07-11-2014, 04:24 PM
Awesome job. Looks great after that paint job.

Team DD
07-11-2014, 04:33 PM
This looks great!! Post a pic after you get cooking on it.

80 gallon smokin
07-11-2014, 04:39 PM
This looks great!! Post a pic after you get cooking on it.
i am chomping at the bit to burn sticks and smell pork

DownHomeQue
07-11-2014, 05:05 PM
looks good..

Doog
07-12-2014, 11:00 PM
80 gallon smokin
Thanks so much for the detailed post of your build.....Very Nice!!!
I enjoyed reading your thread on your build!!