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Theboz1419
06-01-2018, 01:20 PM
It's been a long time since I had a post, been pretty busy the last few years with becoming a father a couple of times(3 year old and 10 month old) and buying a house.

My wife volunteered me to cook for an organization called "Freezing Nights of Puyallup", they help feed the homeless during the winter months at various churches around our area. So, I didn't think my UDS would feed 100+ people and decided to build a smoker. The thing is though, I never welded in my life, but it's a good time to learn and it gave me a good excuse to get my with to agree on building the smoker. I used plans I got off another website, as a friend of mine made a smaller Gravity feed and it looked like fun .

This thing is huge. It over 1300 pounds, the door is over 200 pounds. All insolated and wired up for my heatermeter. It's not perfect, it has some warpage, but that just makes it custom, lol. I still need to paint it , if my wife lets me.

https://preview.ibb.co/m4Fbcd/20171110_111841.jpg (https://ibb.co/eO0WAy)
https://preview.ibb.co/cpSYOJ/20171208_004522.jpg (https://ibb.co/h6p2Hd)
https://preview.ibb.co/mtRSiJ/20171224_011353.jpg (https://ibb.co/nR203J)
https://preview.ibb.co/nrc03J/20180107_143555.jpg (https://ibb.co/iz87iJ)
https://preview.ibb.co/dOu2Hd/20180113_131755.jpg (https://ibb.co/jnyUxd)


I went to Restaurant Depot and bought 3 cases of chicken quarters. Each box weight 40 pounds and I was able to get it all in there except for 15 pieces. It's stuffed, but it was still able to hold temperature.
https://preview.ibb.co/jOKV3J/20180327_144504.jpg (https://ibb.co/bQwoqy)

Let's just say, they loved the pulled chicken, most of the time they just get something premade or very simple and hardly ever BBQ. This has inspired me to do it more often for the homeless around the area.

Thanks for reading, I'll try to post more often.

SmittyJonz
06-01-2018, 01:25 PM
::clap2: what gauge steel did you use for It to be so Heavy.?

BillN
06-01-2018, 01:41 PM
Wow, nice job.

cowgirl
06-01-2018, 01:45 PM
Nice job!!

1215
06-01-2018, 02:23 PM
Man am I glad I clicked on your thread/post. Nice work with the smoker! Sorry for the bit of a hijack: Can I stack multiple adapter boards or do I need to build my own? I want something with multiple K's --maybe three or four and then 8-ish headphone jacks. I want something that I can overload and datalog on a drum but also on a bigger catering smoker (or something like the box you built) put in a bunch of meat and monitor everything.


Do you know if something like that exists or am I breaking out the breadboards?


Thanks and sorry for the hijack. Smoker looks good! Did you go back and seam weld the panels or just tack everything? What did you use to cut the miters on the square tubing? Hand grinder and a marker/line or do you have a metal chop saw? (Curious because debating whether to build or buy a metal chop saw)


How did you do your ports in the box for temp sensors? I've seen some use high temp silicone. Did you just buy enough temp sensors that they are permanently attached to the smoker or are they removable/portable?

Thanks!

Stingerhook
06-01-2018, 04:08 PM
That smoker sure is purty.

Stlchucky
06-01-2018, 04:33 PM
Very nice build.

el luchador
06-01-2018, 04:48 PM
Monster :rockon:

Theboz1419
06-01-2018, 05:04 PM
::clap2: what gauge steel did you use for It to be so Heavy.?

The frame is 14 and 16 gauge and skins are all 16 gauge, the door is 12 gauge. Firebox is half inch, shoot is quarter inch. It stands just over 6 feet tall.

Theboz1419
06-01-2018, 05:06 PM
Man am I glad I clicked on your thread/post. Nice work with the smoker! Sorry for the bit of a hijack: Can I stack multiple adapter boards or do I need to build my own? I want something with multiple K's --maybe three or four and then 8-ish headphone jacks. I want something that I can overload and datalog on a drum but also on a bigger catering smoker (or something like the box you built) put in a bunch of meat and monitor everything.


Do you know if something like that exists or am I breaking out the breadboards?


Thanks and sorry for the hijack. Smoker looks good! Did you go back and seam weld the panels or just tack everything? What did you use to cut the miters on the square tubing? Hand grinder and a marker/line or do you have a metal chop saw? (Curious because debating whether to build or buy a metal chop saw)


How did you do your ports in the box for temp sensors? I've seen some use high temp silicone. Did you just buy enough temp sensors that they are permanently attached to the smoker or are they removable/portable?

Thanks!


I'll get back to ya latter with all your questions.

It's all seemed up and all the welds are ground down.

Theboz1419
06-01-2018, 05:07 PM
Thanks everyone,. It was fun to build, it took just over a couple of months to build. It was even funner to learn to weld.

wihint
06-01-2018, 07:05 PM
The frame is 14 and 16 gauge and skins are all 16 gauge, the door is 12 gauge. Firebox is half inch, shoot is quarter inch. It stands just over 6 feet tall.

Pretty sure your smoker will stop most handgun rounds. LOL that is a tank. Cool build thank you sharing brother!:thumb:

pjtexas1
06-01-2018, 07:35 PM
Really nice build! Looks a little more complicated than building a HM. Hey... Maybe you can give Smitty a few pointers. :pound:

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BASSER
06-01-2018, 10:18 PM
Great job on your smoker. Also a big thumbs up for feeding the homeless. You're a good man :thumb:

Theboz1419
06-02-2018, 02:05 AM
Man am I glad I clicked on your thread/post. Nice work with the smoker! Sorry for the bit of a hijack: Can I stack multiple adapter boards or do I need to build my own? I want something with multiple K's --maybe three or four and then 8-ish headphone jacks. I want something that I can overload and datalog on a drum but also on a bigger catering smoker (or something like the box you built) put in a bunch of meat and monitor everything.


Do you know if something like that exists or am I breaking out the breadboards?


Thanks and sorry for the hijack. Smoker looks good! Did you go back and seam weld the panels or just tack everything? What did you use to cut the miters on the square tubing? Hand grinder and a marker/line or do you have a metal chop saw? (Curious because debating whether to build or buy a metal chop saw)


How did you do your ports in the box for temp sensors? I've seen some use high temp silicone. Did you just buy enough temp sensors that they are permanently attached to the smoker or are they removable/portable?

Thanks!

Forgive me if I miss any questions,

The heatermeter has a maximum of 1 pit and 3 meat. You can have all of the jacks K-thermocouple. But you would need to have a daughter card with all the needed thermocouple circuits. I can design such a card and get it made. The adapter board let's the heatermeter display temps down to -69f and it also has connection for the blower and servo, 1 thermocouple connection and 2 meat probe connections, along with the cat5 jack. This board let's the heatermeter use any cat5 cable upto 50 feet between the smoker and the heatermeter. Comes in handy in the winter, where you can have your heatermeter inside the house while your probes and blower outside

I have seen a smoker controller that someone has made on the net that has multiple probe jacks, but unfortunately I can't remember where the forum post was at.

As for the smoker, I followed plans that I had bought on smokerbuilder.com. Very easy to follow. I was looking at either cutting my own material at home or at work, but when I was comparing steel supply businesses I found a place that would laser cut everything for a pretty good price. It would save me tons of time, which I did not have and I did not have a shop to cut everything, unless I did it at work and then I would have to transport it in a Honda Civic and that would not be a fun, lol. Steel, laser cut totaled about $1650. In all it, not including welding supplies and other tools needed about $2000. Not bad for a clone of the Stumps XL stretch($6610). If you where to cut at home, I would recommend getting a metal band saw. You will get straighter cuts. I used the one at work and it was so easy to use and gave perfect 45s.

The sensors are routed through a cat5 waterproof cable gland. It's not perfect but it really doesn't need to be either. I can unscrew the connector and change out the probes, if needed.

scp
06-02-2018, 09:54 AM
Great job on your smoker. Also a big thumbs up for feeding the homeless. You're a good man :thumb:

I couldn't have agreed more...that's really cool!!!

HogGrog
06-02-2018, 10:04 AM
Very impressive build and motive!

Theboz1419
06-02-2018, 11:43 AM
Thanks everyone

ModelMaker
06-03-2018, 08:57 AM
Good.
Ed