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Bigwoods4x4
08-08-2016, 01:00 PM
Started making my own offset a few weeks ago (traditional offset, not a reverse flow-not planning on making tuning plates) . 1/4" wall 20" diameter pipe for the cook chamber (40") and firebox (20"). I had it rolled from cold rolled plate steel as I found this a lot more affordable than buying actual pipe of this size. I'm wondering what to do about cutting the cook chamber doors however, my biggest worry is that they will spring quite a bit. I know to leave the corners and let them cool then weld on the hinges and then cut through, but I don't know if I should add a brace of some kind to the inside of the door beforehand or not?

Had some of the endcaps laser cut, made life a lot easier. While this has all been somewhat fun so far, I don't want to weld this much for a while again....getting better though.

Welded up a frame with 500lb casters.

Notice on the first photo the door extends down farther than the circle diameter, I drew this into the CAD geometry because companies that use this door design never extend it down far enough and they get leaks. The flat stock (1 1/41/4) will be welded to the inside of the smoker door cap for the purpose of a gasket. I've seen external flatstock but it seems like a no brainer to go inside because then I can use simple weld-on classic hinges without having to modify them to clear the flatstock.


http://i66.tinypic.com/akbd44.jpg
Firebox door and baffle-will tack a bolt on the inner vent piece for a handle-door was laser cut and is still attached until I get hinges on.
http://i67.tinypic.com/2zdve3b.jpg
Cook chamber
http://i63.tinypic.com/2weyqgz.jpg
Frame-will weld on some 3/4 #9 flat expanded for the wood storage shelf.
http://i64.tinypic.com/2vcbbza.jpg
Inner firebox baffle piece (bowtie) and the smokestack side endcap for the cook chamber
http://i67.tinypic.com/2hwh4xf.jpg
Firebox

DownHomeQue
08-08-2016, 01:13 PM
Looks like you are off to a great start! Keep the pics coming! Looks Great!

Bigwoods4x4
08-08-2016, 01:20 PM
Looks like you are off to a great start! Keep the pics coming! Looks Great!

Thank you for the kind words. That first brisket will be sweet,.....overcooked or not!
http://i67.tinypic.com/29fqiiw.jpg

Firebox/cook chamber opening endcap (you need two of them) 5x10 opening for a 50 sq inch opening
http://i65.tinypic.com/256vbl4.jpg

Stack is 4"ID X36" long to get it out of eye height and for good draw. Will be attached with a cut 45 degree elbow and come out at grate height-per Aaron Franklin

http://i66.tinypic.com/2jaxpgw.jpg

Supports for cook chamber, traced to actual OD of the cook chamber and cut on a band saw.

DownHomeQue
08-08-2016, 03:26 PM
your welcome! and its the journey to that brisket that will be the payoff nothing like watching your own creation turn out some Que..

dwfisk
08-08-2016, 03:39 PM
Very well thought out and executed. :thumb:
It actually looks pretty durn familiar. :becky:
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=234624

4ever3
08-08-2016, 04:20 PM
Looks good so far!

Keep up the good work?!

BillN
08-08-2016, 05:55 PM
Anxious to see the finished product and first cook. Nice work.

Bigwoods4x4
08-08-2016, 06:39 PM
Very well thought out and executed. :thumb:
It actually looks pretty durn familiar. :becky:
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=234624

Thanks! If you don't mind me asking, what did that pipe set you back?

Bigwoods4x4
08-08-2016, 06:41 PM
Looks good so far!

Keep up the good work?!
Thanks!

Bigwoods4x4
08-08-2016, 06:43 PM
Anxious to see the finished product and first cook. Nice work.

Thanks me too! Will update everything here as it progresses.

dwfisk
08-08-2016, 06:48 PM
Thanks! If you don't mind me asking, what did that pipe set you back?

About $42 per foot if i get a full 21 ft length and pick it up. I did price out having flat plate rolled into a "pipe" and it was at least 2X per foot over the pipe. I really like your take on the round firebox cooker and have no doubt it will be a killer smoker?

Baby Back Maniac
08-08-2016, 06:56 PM
This is so awesome. Do you have a background in this type of work?

I can't wait to watch this project develop.

Bigwoods4x4
08-08-2016, 09:33 PM
This is so awesome. Do you have a background in this type of work?

I can't wait to watch this project develop.

Kind of, tool and die maker, cnc programmer. Not a welder of fabricator though but I work with sheet metal all day, just indifferent applications.

Thanks for the kind words.

Bigwoods4x4
08-08-2016, 09:38 PM
About $42 per foot if i get a full 21 ft length and pick it up. I did price out having flat plate rolled into a "pipe" and it was at least 2X per foot over the pipe. I really like your take on the round firebox cooker and have no doubt it will be a killer smoker?

Gotcha. The pipe you have saves you from having to draw up custom templates for supports though as it's more uniform in diameter.

The rolling for this was $100 out of pocket at a large fab shopand the 1/4 sheet steel was free (it pays to be in the stamping industry with awesome bosses) . So money wise, I couldn't beat it! Thanks! Going to add a warming rack above the firebox, but no plans for a top door-figure I would be shooting myself in the foot by adding more gaskets.

Bigwoods4x4
08-08-2016, 09:49 PM
Keep on saying baffle when I mean damper, the photos above are of the firebox damper, not baffle. Baffle comes later.

http://i66.tinypic.com/dnd17a.jpg

Got the cook chamber on top of frame tonight, to commence tomorrow. Looks like it's tilting, but it's not-just angle of camera.
http://i66.tinypic.com/2w3uq7p.jpg
Smoker door marked, from approximately 2 inches smaller than the top midpoint and extends down to the horizontal midpoint (3oclock). 3 1/2 inches inwards from the ends.

Some guys go bigger, some a true 90degrees, I went smaller for smoke and heat preservation-not planning on a upper rack so that's enough door space.

Grate height from ground-39 inches. Feels right to have it a couple inches higher than waist height.

jeffturnerjr
08-08-2016, 10:21 PM
already looks great... this thing will be a great cooker

Bigwoods4x4
08-08-2016, 10:30 PM
already looks great... this thing will be a great cooker

Thank you for the kind words, I appreciate it.

JustBilling
08-09-2016, 12:28 AM
That is looking awesome!

Mr.OiSat
08-09-2016, 12:33 AM
Great build so far I'm sure this will be a great cooker.

ssv3
08-09-2016, 01:10 AM
Very nice!

The Meeper
08-09-2016, 02:12 AM
Great work - wish I could build things like that

Titch
08-09-2016, 03:02 AM
Your talented mate, its looking pretty good from here.

dwfisk
08-09-2016, 07:05 AM
Gotcha. The pipe you have saves you from having to draw up custom templates for supports though as it's more uniform in diameter.

The rolling for this was $100 out of pocket at a large fab shopand the 1/4 sheet steel was free (it pays to be in the stamping industry with awesome bosses) . So money wise, I couldn't beat it! Thanks! Going to add a warming rack above the firebox, but no plans for a top door-figure I would be shooting myself in the foot by adding more gaskets.

Man, hard to beat free materials! I REALLY like your design for the cook chamber supports, looks very stable. I'll be doing a warming rack on top of the firebox too, thinking of trying a plate with a "window" of expanded metal that can be removed if desired. You are going to wind up with a great cooker.

chrislasser
08-09-2016, 07:18 AM
Looking good, going to work well!

JohnnyB
08-09-2016, 07:54 AM
From a quality and aesthetics standpoint, the laser and plasma cuts are amazing. Can't beat em. One day when I get my own workshop, I'm getting my own plasma cutter, no more working with 7" and 4" grinders for everything. Very jealous of your attention to detail, great job so far.

Bigwoods4x4
08-09-2016, 08:08 AM
From a quality and aesthetics standpoint, the laser and plasma cuts are amazing. Can't beat em. One day when I get my own workshop, I'm getting my own plasma cutter, no more working with 7" and 4" grinders for everything. Very jealous of your attention to detail, great job so far.

I can't even tell you how much I wish I had a plasma cutter for this project. If you build a smoker and don't have one-my advice is to find a friend who has one and borrow it (if you have a 220 hookup available).

They are worth their weight in gold on a project like this and anyone who had ever started cutting into 1/4" material with a cut off wheel knows what I'm talking about.

The endcaps (which were laser cut) ended up setting me back $120-WELL worth it in my opinion as I don't have a plasma, but if I did I would be using it.

Thank you for the kind words!

Bigwoods4x4
08-09-2016, 08:12 AM
Man, hard to beat free materials! I REALLY like your design for the cook chamber supports, looks very stable. I'll be doing a warming rack on top of the firebox too, thinking of trying a plate with a "window" of expanded metal that can be removed if desired. You are going to wind up with a great cooker.

That's a good idea-no warping like you might get with a frame/expanded setup! I have a buddy who had another square metal box fabbed on top of his firebox -he used it to bake bread! I wish I had a picture of the thing but I came over one morning before it got light out and he had a fresh bagel cooked on his smoker and a hot cup of coffee ready to go that was warming on top of the box.

I'm going to get a picture of it. It was really neat. I've never seen anything like it either.

Bigwoods4x4
08-09-2016, 10:01 PM
Started welding the expanded to the frame for the wood rack tonight. What a difficult weld with a 1960 Forney stick welder. .050 thick web sections (from poor cutting) do not like being welded to .25 wall frame.

http://i65.tinypic.com/35i4wac.jpg

Expanded being welded to frame

http://i64.tinypic.com/2mfofd.jpg

Hinge parts, 1/2" bar stock and a 1" bar stock piece drilled to fit the male portion of the hinge. Beefy baby!

cowgirl
08-09-2016, 10:28 PM
Nice work!

Bigwoods4x4
08-13-2016, 12:39 PM
Update: I am constructing the cooking grates so I can set them on top of the rails inside the cook chamber and then tack weld the rails on before I weld the endcaps on.

https://s5.postimg.org/ci5agqs5v/20160809_214033.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/ci5agqs5v/)

tonyjohnson619
08-13-2016, 02:49 PM
Looking nicee!!! Did you plug your dimensions in feldons s pit calculator by chance?

Bigwoods4x4
08-14-2016, 09:56 PM
Looking nicee!!! Did you plug your dimensions in feldons s pit calculator by chance?

Yup. That's how the firebox size opening and damper size vent opening on the firebox was calculated, went bigger and longer than recommended with the chimney though. I'm trying to post more pics but tinypic.com is not cooperating with me all of a sudden.

Bigwoods4x4
08-15-2016, 07:44 AM
Here we go, finally got the pictures to upload. Over the weekend I finished tacking on the expanded for the lower shelf, finished welding the cook chamber to the frame, fabbed the cook screens, welded on the cook rails, and welded on one of the endcaps.

http://i63.tinypic.com/34iialv.jpg

Rails (to hold cook grates) being tacked in place.

http://i67.tinypic.com/2qte3xj.jpg

Cooking grate frame (need 2)

http://i65.tinypic.com/2laevqr.jpg

Cooking grate with the expanded

http://i65.tinypic.com/1zxtye9.jpg

Cooking grate resting on the tacked rails-I added two gussets that were tacked on to the inside of the smoker door to prevent springback....may end up removing them after a few cooks when the metal has relaxed a bit.

http://i68.tinypic.com/2h6ypw2.jpg

Endcap welded on for the connection to the firebox.

http://i66.tinypic.com/33le5u1.jpg

Need to weld on the other endcap, then start cutting the door once hinges are on. My thought was to have both endcaps on BEFORE I started cutting the door-more stability.

dwfisk
08-15-2016, 08:28 AM
Looking really nice. Yep, I would put the end caps on before cutting the door.

Smokin J's PIts
08-15-2016, 08:45 AM
One suggestion is to weld in a 1-1/2"X2" or 3" long nipple in the bottom of that monster with a pipe cap on the open end, so you have a means to drain/clean out the cooking chamber.

Bigwoods4x4
08-15-2016, 10:25 AM
One suggestion is to weld in a 1-1/2"X2" or 3" long nipple in the bottom of that monster with a pipe cap on the open end, so you have a means to drain/clean out the cooking chamber.

Yup, in the plans. I know smoker companies like Horizon build their pits with a 5/8 pitch to the whole thing towards the grease drain. I made mine level as I didn't see the point to pitch the entire thing (and then have to deal with making the front shelf level) when you could accomplish the same task by simply rolling the whole smoker to a slanted part of the driveway for a few mins.

Planning on the 1.5" dia x 2" long threaded pipe with a cap.

Texan79423
08-21-2016, 10:17 AM
Two attach the fire box? I built my fire box separately on the bench. I used a motorcycle lift/floor jack to raise it into position then used a tie down strap to tighten it up to the pit. Spot welded it in place with a wire welder then weld it up.

I am not real good at uphill welding laying on my back, But took my time and it came out all right.

Drain? Mine sits level also and has a 1 1/2 inch drain nipple. If your doing a big cook it will drain if it fills up. To clean I just drop the front off the patio, scrap, wash, rinse and its drain well.

Good luck that thing will last forever. Heck the grandkids will be using it 25 years down the road

Zin
08-21-2016, 12:34 PM
Great looking build, can't wait to see the finished product.

Bigwoods4x4
08-22-2016, 10:18 AM
Here is the next round of pictures! (quite a few).

Since last posting, I've welded on the smokestack side endcap, cut the doors, fabbed and welded on the hinges, welded on and formed the flange pieces to the door, welded on the firebox endcap, welded on the firebox itself, and added a support for the firebox. Enjoy.

http://i67.tinypic.com/dq6q9k.jpg
Smokestack endcap welded on
http://i67.tinypic.com/2qwjswo.jpg
Door cut (not all the way so I can weld on hinges first). Note to self: never again use a cut-off wheel for this, find someone with a plasma cutter no matter how much it costs.
http://i64.tinypic.com/5n83sh.jpg
Hinges fabbed up before being welded on
http://i66.tinypic.com/2n7jrds.jpg
Flanges welded on
http://i68.tinypic.com/2ltsefn.jpg
Removable grates all fabbed up and sitting on rails with the door now cut open
http://i67.tinypic.com/iz84s3.jpg
Firebox attached-forgive the birdsh*t welds, first welding project I've ever been a part of. Notice the heat marks-I took an acetelyne torch and heated up the flanges cherry hot to hammer them down because the door sprung maybe 3/16 of an inch on the bottom-worked very well
http://i67.tinypic.com/i2sv2u.jpg
Firebox attached, horseshoe handle tacked on, may remove if I get a cooltouch spring handle instead
http://i64.tinypic.com/15p3nt0.jpg
View inside the firebox-will make a heavy grate for the bottom yet
http://i66.tinypic.com/hts00x.jpg
Firebox support piece I added last night

QTEX
08-22-2016, 11:29 AM
Very nice build coming along there.

MisterChrister
08-22-2016, 11:34 AM
Rockin and rollin! It's looking great, thanks for the updates!

Bigwoods4x4
08-22-2016, 11:56 AM
Rockin and rollin! It's looking great, thanks for the updates!

Not a problem, when you do a build it's always good to step back and think about it along the way and taking a few pictures while thinking about the next step has helped me immensely so far.

Thanks for the kind words, hopefully I can get the firebox door all finished here in the next couple days.

After that I need to weld on the smokestack, install the grease drain, fab up a heavy duty coal grate for the inside of the firebox, and fab my shelf for the front-plus another to rest on top of the firebox for a burner.....

.....and then it's time for the burn-in+beers. :tea:

Bigwoods4x4
09-03-2016, 08:07 PM
Nest round of pictures coming at ya! Almost done, just have smokestack, warming tray, and grease drain to complete.
http://i68.tinypic.com/zj6puh.jpg
Firbox door hinges.
http://i65.tinypic.com/hrautu.jpg
Heat safe toggle clamp for for forging purposes
http://i68.tinypic.com/21bdvo.jpg
.....which folds inside the horseshoe handle
http://i68.tinypic.com/s0zkgm.jpg
Front shelf? Check.
http://i67.tinypic.com/28micsy.jpg
Inside of firebox
http://i68.tinypic.com/2rwvw55.jpg
Firebox door inside....with 1/2 inch square bracing as suggested by Dave (dwfisk)
http://i65.tinypic.com/2ut3ewo.jpg
Completed firebox door...need to weld handle to damper vent piece yet
http://i66.tinypic.com/hteo1f.jpg
1 1/2" ball valve for grease drain....overkill? Probably:-P

Bigwoods4x4
09-25-2016, 08:17 PM
Alright folks, final update to this journal until I do the first cook-baffle(heat deflection) plate is welded in, firebox grate is finished, high temp paint applied, thermometers (Tel-Tru) are ordered, and I did a burn-in and seasoned the inside with canola oil.

http://i68.tinypic.com/2yyb4wn.jpg

http://i67.tinypic.com/2a9e5x5.jpg

http://i66.tinypic.com/jggtjc.jpg

http://i65.tinypic.com/293c9qu.jpg

http://i63.tinypic.com/2wdzubr.jpg

http://i64.tinypic.com/wv9yz7.jpg

http://i67.tinypic.com/35194kw.jpg

http://i64.tinypic.com/2n6he8n.jpg

http://i63.tinypic.com/2qvzixi.jpg

MisterChrister
09-25-2016, 09:41 PM
Hells YEAH buddy, that's awesome work! Pretty close to the man version of growin' and havin' a baby, huh?!?! "Look what I made!"

Bigwoods4x4
09-25-2016, 11:59 PM
It's a cool moment when a solid month's worth of work leads to a steady stream of thin blue smoke pouring off the top of a stack :mrgreen:

Thanks for being here from the start! Turned out well!....thinking a shoulder or beef plate ribs for the initial cook this upcoming weekend

Sixshooter44
09-26-2016, 04:17 PM
Great build! Good luck on your first cook

KevinJ
09-26-2016, 06:53 PM
Great job :clap:

BillN
09-27-2016, 12:58 AM
Sweet cooker... great job and thanks for sharing the journey.

greenmountainsmoke
09-27-2016, 07:52 AM
Great stuff! Makes we wish I was handy with that kind of thing....at all.

Bigwoods4x4
09-27-2016, 08:10 AM
Great stuff! Makes we wish I was handy with that kind of thing....at all.

Well, if it makes you feel better the longest I've ever spent welding before this project was 15 minutes....and this project used 4 boxes of stick electrodes....so there's plenty of practice. It's not all that hard actually-just take the time to plan/draw everything out and think a step ahead at all times. With the exception of the rolling of the firebox/cook chamber and the laser cutting of the endcaps (done in a machine shop) everything here was done on $100 worth of tools. It's a project, that's for sure-but it's doable.

PM me if you want to start your own and have questions, I'm here to help.

Bigwoods4x4
09-27-2016, 08:11 AM
Sweet cooker... great job and thanks for sharing the journey.

Thanks for being here! Pork shoulder to come!

Bigwoods4x4
09-27-2016, 08:12 AM
Great build! Good luck on your first cook

Thank you. Going with the pork shoulder I think.

tonyjohnson619
09-27-2016, 09:03 AM
Awesome looking cooker you got there

Bigwoods4x4
09-27-2016, 09:10 AM
Awesome looking cooker you got there

Thank you, plan was to add a shelf above the firebox originally for the purpose of a warming burner....but then I got lazy and decided that I'll just use the stove if need be. Worked on it long enough and wanted to see it run. Even though I don't have therms in it yet I can tell it's going to be pretty consistent in temp from one side to the other. Takes about an hr to get up to temp but once it's there.....holds heat extremely well. Slight leak around the door seal...and I'm not going to touch it, doesn't bother me a bit.

Overall, I would say that Feldon's pit calc worked very well....and I stand by my decision to make the stack bigger, seems to draw very well.

ebijack
09-27-2016, 09:46 AM
Very nice!
I bet your glad it's done..
And you see things you wish you did different....next time :mrgreen:
:eusa_clap:eusa_clap

Bigwoods4x4
09-27-2016, 10:10 AM
Very nice!
I bet your glad it's done..
And you see things you wish you did different....next time :mrgreen:
:eusa_clap:eusa_clap

Best part is that now I've got a smoker for the fall -and the fall in Wisconsin is the best time of year. Football, the best weather, leaves turning....and Q!!!!

Yes, very happy to be done welding and cutting. I have a new level of respect towards guys who do this everyday.

Forrestbro
09-27-2016, 10:18 AM
Beautiful job!

Bigwoods4x4
09-27-2016, 10:21 AM
Beautiful job!

Thanks much! I hear that if you have a Chicago Bears UDS, and you spray over it quickly in green and gold it produces better results.......:shock::mrgreen:

Sorry, had to get that jab in there lol

Forrestbro
09-27-2016, 10:36 AM
LOL! I've developed thick skin over last few years! :oops: :mmph:

redchaserron
09-27-2016, 10:55 AM
Man that's a great looking smoker, make mine 24" x 50"

Bigwoods4x4
09-27-2016, 11:01 AM
Man that's a great looking smoker, make mine 24" x 50"

Yeah, I went back and forth with the idea of 24 vs 20. Deciding on 20" for weight restriction reasons. I wanted something on casters that I could roll around and I'm going to place a wager that the 20" I built is right around 600lbs if not a little bit more. EVERY and I mean EVERY piece of material on the thing is .25 thick (with the exception of the door flanges which are .1875-can't bend .25 very easily).

It sounds like it wouldn't make much of a difference, but when you don't have a crane or a tractor with a bucket it gets rather difficult to flip the thing around to place welds where you need them.

Maybe someday I'll build a 24" but I'm retiring from welding at this point in my life lol.

RT
09-27-2016, 11:44 AM
Well done, great looking pit.

Bigwoods4x4
09-27-2016, 09:58 PM
Well done, great looking pit.

Thank you, needs some pork dripping stains on the outside of it to make it official though......:hungry:

Smokin J's PIts
09-30-2016, 11:46 AM
Great looking pit, one last suggestion would be on your fire rack I would add a double layer of crossed #9 expanded metal ( one on top of the other at 90 degrees ) this will help keep more of your coals in the heat zone and make them last a little longer too.

Bigwoods4x4
09-30-2016, 11:49 AM
Great looking pit, one last suggestion would be on your fire rack I would add a double layer of crossed #9 expanded metal ( one on top of the other at 90 degrees ) this will help keep more of your coals in the heat zone and make them last a little longer too.

Thanks I appreciate it!

I know exactly what you're saying though. It's going to be a thing I add down the road, for now I just pulled it out and have done the burn-in cooks (I've done two) with the coals directly on the bottom of the firebox to build my base of embers-not the best for the paint/firebox but I figure the thing is built pretty well where it doesn't hurt if you do it a couple times.

Qkooker
09-30-2016, 05:02 PM
Great looking pit!

Hillbilly BBQ
09-30-2016, 05:29 PM
Where are the update pics?

Bigwoods4x4
09-30-2016, 08:47 PM
Where are the update pics?

Bottom of page 3 on this thread

Big Swole
09-30-2016, 08:57 PM
Bottom of page 3 on this thread

I think he meant anything "newer" than those, which is what I was going to ask too.

Peteg
09-30-2016, 11:20 PM
Great job man! I here what your saying about the fall in Wisconsin! This is without a doubt my favorite time of the year to bbq! Nothing beats pulling a rack of ribs off the smoker just in time for kickoff. Enjoy the new smoker. It looks sweet!
Pete

Bigwoods4x4
10-01-2016, 10:24 AM
I think he meant anything "newer" than those, which is what I was going to ask too.

It's done except for the thermometers, which are in the mail after the first order was damaged. I'll do the first cook when I get them installed. Is that the pics you guys are wanting? Or just different ones in general?

I'm not happy with the moisture content of the red oak I have after the burn in process so I may have to call a few people and look for something more dry.

Bigwoods4x4
10-01-2016, 07:46 PM
Did a quick afternoon snack today with the aid of an oven thermometer before my Tel-Tru arrives. Rack of baby backs with salt, pepper, onion and garlic....did the 2-2-1 method wrapping with apple juice and some sauce on top.

Turned out pretty good. I'm very impressed with the ability to hold temperature. Ran the entire cook from 250-290 (except when I first put them on and the temp dropped to 225 while I was taking the picture) .......and the new weedburner helped Immensely. Ran red oak and only red oak from start to finish-good results, Im starting to favor smaller splits as they burn much better.

While this is a lonely looking rack of ribs, I did't see the logic in doing a large cook while still trying to dial in how to run it.

-Thanks for the kind word Pete, the ribs help with my mood after losing to Michigan today lol.

http://i67.tinypic.com/2zxqkio.jpg

http://i63.tinypic.com/16238kw.jpg

http://i65.tinypic.com/sowmmc.jpg

http://i64.tinypic.com/2v0oqoz.jpg

http://i63.tinypic.com/14ak3ns.jpg

http://i67.tinypic.com/11ioc3a.jpg

Big Swole
10-02-2016, 11:19 AM
Nice!

You not use a fire grate? My last cook I built the fire directly on the bottom like that. It seemed a bit harder to manage and get air to. But I need to get my splits cut down and build a smaller fire.

Bigwoods4x4
10-03-2016, 10:19 AM
Nice!

You not use a fire grate? My last cook I built the fire directly on the bottom like that. It seemed a bit harder to manage and get air to. But I need to get my splits cut down and build a smaller fire.

I used the firebox grate I made for a while and then pulled it out. It seems (at least for this cooker) that I get more consistent temps when I can spread out the coal bed on the bottom-a new log igniting doesn't cause a spike in temp this way, but you have to prop them up on another chunk so air circulates underneath them.

Bigwoods4x4
04-03-2018, 12:53 PM
Hello all! It's been ages since I've been on here and I feel that this thread never got a true proper update as far as a legitimate cook.

What happened? When I completed the build on this offset, I was in need of wood. So I drove halfway across the state for half cord of what was supposed to be dry red oak. Well, it turned out the wood I picked up was low quality and pretty green. This took the wind completely out of my sails after spending so long building this. Wood didn't ignite and burn properly, I was getting thick smoke, couldn't hold temps. So dismayed, I parked the smoker off to the side in my garage. I pulled it out for wings once since then and had bad luck.... I still had green wood.

WELL, now that I think my splits are properly dried I'm hoping to do a brisket or two at least in the next few weeks with DRY wood for a change. :thumb: I will post updated when I get to that point. Wonder if any of the same users are still around here?

SmoothBoarBBQ
04-03-2018, 05:38 PM
If you're having trouble with your wood you can check out Craigslist and search "firewood." I just looked and there's quite a bit of oak in your area and it looks like quite a bit of maple in Green Bay.

Personally I like having my wood be a bit more on the green side as I like to cook with all vents wide open so I get a really clean smoke. As long as you have a good coal bed you should be able to ignite wood that's on the greener side pretty easily.

Good luck with your current supply of wood though! Looks like a really nice pit you've built there.