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txschutte
10-07-2007, 10:03 PM
She ain't pretty, but she likes meat,:wink:. Lowbuck build. She only cost me $130 to build!

MilitantSquatter
10-07-2007, 10:06 PM
Reverse Flow design ?

Did you do the welds with the cigarette butts ? :wink: j/k..

Nice Job... can't wait to hear how the first cook goes.

txschutte
10-07-2007, 10:08 PM
You know it.

dbeast420
10-07-2007, 10:24 PM
It's not what it cost,it's what comes off it that makes it special.

I'm looking at a couple of tanks tomorrow. I hope something good comes out of it

MT4Runner
10-07-2007, 10:26 PM
Nice work. Going to counterbalance the lid? :D

bbqjoe
10-07-2007, 10:27 PM
I'm sure it'll work.

txschutte
10-07-2007, 10:27 PM
I'll post pics of her first cook on Sat. with Wyatt as the Pitmaster, wearing his new Brethren sweatshirt.

txschutte
10-07-2007, 10:29 PM
Nice work. Going to counterbalance the lid? :D
Nope, got a stop for it. Total pit weighs only 225#.

motley que
10-07-2007, 10:34 PM
i met her in a club down in north soho, where they drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry cola

nice job

Sawdustguy
10-07-2007, 10:35 PM
Great job on a budget! Beautiful job welding!

txschutte
10-07-2007, 10:35 PM
Did you do the welds with the cigarette butts ?
So I likes to smoke?

jacob
10-07-2007, 10:36 PM
Nice Brother, You going to put some clothes on her or just let her go natural. I like it.

txschutte
10-07-2007, 10:39 PM
Nice Brother, You going to put some clothes on her or just let her go natural. I like it.
Once knew a girl in college that was named Lola. She would take a sausage any way you could give it, she wasa big ol' gal, too.

txschutte
10-07-2007, 10:41 PM
i met her in a club down in north soho, where they drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry cola

nice job
You got it, Bro.

txschutte
10-07-2007, 11:05 PM
It's not what it cost,it's what comes off it that makes it special.

I'm looking at a couple of tanks tomorrow. I hope something good comes out of it
Check with your local Readymix Concrete retailers. The new truck carry 175 gal. tanks. They are only 24 in. in dia. Perfect for a build.

dbeast420
10-07-2007, 11:11 PM
Check with your local Readymix Concrete retailers. The new truck carry 175 gal. tanks. They are only 24 in. in dia. Perfect for a build.

I've got a propane dealer close to my house and I'm going there. The valves have already been removed and IIRC they guy said they had been flushed also.

Bbq Bubba
10-07-2007, 11:13 PM
Lookin good bro!! :wink:

txschutte
10-07-2007, 11:17 PM
I've got a propane dealer close to my house and I'm going there. The valves have already been removed and IIRC they guy said they had been flushed also.
I learned from this build, don't try to patch the holes where the valves were. Go to the local machine shop and have them rolla piece for your lid. I was trying to do mine low buck as possible, so I segmented my lid.

MT4Runner
10-08-2007, 12:20 AM
I learned from this build, don't try to patch the holes where the valves were.

Why not?

I'd use a washer or some scrap...don't just try to fill the entire hole with weld.

If you weld vertical-downhill, it works pretty good to fill a hole. if you weld flat, all your filler falls down; if you weld vertical-uphill, it takes forever too fill the hole, and the filler is 5x as thick as the base metal.

txschutte
10-08-2007, 12:26 AM
I tried to fill a 6 in. dia. hole with the same the same thickness metal, however, I had the welder tuned up too high, and shrunk the surrounding steel..

txschutte
10-08-2007, 01:43 AM
What're some of the things I could improve?

Norcoredneck
10-08-2007, 01:45 AM
Using Mig or stick? When I fill I tack in piece and back up with aluminum and fill. Seems to keep from blowing bigger holes.

txschutte
10-08-2007, 01:49 AM
Using stick, my dad told me about backing, forgot about it until you mentioned it.

dbeast420
10-08-2007, 02:13 AM
I learned from this build, don't try to patch the holes where the valves were. Go to the local machine shop and have them rolla piece for your lid. I was trying to do mine low buck as possible, so I segmented my lid.

I work for an industrial maintenance company that does maint for a steel mill.

I've got access to shears,rolls and breaks.

Single Fin Smoker
10-08-2007, 02:15 AM
Congratulations man, that thing is beautiful!

txschutte
10-08-2007, 02:18 AM
Thanks, this was one of those things where I knew I could do it, just wanted to see how cheap I could do it for by scrounging.

keale
10-08-2007, 02:22 AM
I wish I could weld!:evil: That looks nice! Are you painting it before the first cook? Either you're up early or up late?

txschutte
10-08-2007, 02:34 AM
Either you're up early or up late?
It's one of those things, Bro. I get six sick days per year, and I've got 30 built up. I think I've got the sweet blue flu tomorrow.

txschutte
10-08-2007, 02:40 AM
I wish I could weld!:evil: That looks nice! Are you painting it before the first cook? Either you're up early or up late?
Also I forgot to mention this is one of those " next level " things. Got the big Hawaiian cook in 2 weeks. Maybe needing some more of your help then.

Single Fin Smoker
10-08-2007, 02:44 AM
Roy, its like this.......some of us can weld and some of us can't. Its just that way.
My suggestion: find a welder in (spelling?)Eleele, Kaleo, Kalaheo, Poi Pu, Princeville etc. Make friends with him or her.
I'm firmly conviced this can be facillitated by offering beer and bbq. You know what to do brother, turn on the aloha charm. Our food endears us to all.
Then, let them know how they can assist you in your quest for better Q. Essentially, turning them into a keale team member.
OR,
Find out what the UPS shipping costs are to Norco.

txschutte
10-08-2007, 02:50 AM
Roy, its like this.......some of us can weld and some of us can't. Its just that way.
My suggestion: find a welder in (spelling?)Eleele, Kaleo, Kalaheo, Poi Pu, Princeville etc. Make friends with him or her.
I'm firmly conviced this can be facillitated by offering beer and bbq. You know what to do brother, turn on the aloha charm. Our food endears us to all.
Then, let them know how they can assist you in your quest for better Q. Essentially, turning them into a keale team member.
OR,
Find out what the UPS shipping costs are to Norco.
:biggrin:WILL STRIKE AN ARC FOR BEER AND Q!

Norcoredneck
10-08-2007, 03:17 AM
When you cut the hole did the lid/cut section spring?

BBQ_MAFIA
10-08-2007, 08:42 AM
Looks great. Now we have to wait for the pics of the first cook.

biffleg
10-08-2007, 08:52 AM
Nice job! Look forward to the first cook.

Porky
10-08-2007, 09:01 AM
That is a thing of beauty., a little paint and a set of wheels and you are good to go. It looks like the cooking chamber is huge, how big is it?

MilitantSquatter
10-08-2007, 09:12 AM
Psst... Porky wants to know how big Tx's "chamber" is.. pass it on.

just kidding... Looks like you may have room for a second removeable shelf for added capacity if you wanted to

MT4Runner
10-08-2007, 11:13 AM
What're some of the things I could improve?

I assume you're using stick. AC or DC?

6011? 7018? 7018 is harder to strike, but penetrates a bit less and makes a cleaner bead. Because it's a "cooler" rod, it should dump less heat into the que and should shrink/warp less.

If you have less gap between your pieces, there's less of a gap to get filled with molten puddle, and less shrinkage will occur. If there's no room to shrink...it doesn't shrink.

Tack stuff well, then weld it up.

I just got a MIG this winter, and absolutely love it for anything 1/4" or less. I still tend to go to the stick for burning together really heavy stuff. It's just so much easier to penetrate the base metal and do multi-pass.

MileHighSmoker
10-08-2007, 11:16 AM
Looks Awesome! Are you going to sandblast the inside before seasoning it?

MileHighSmoker
10-08-2007, 11:19 AM
Saw the reference in the thread, but just had to drop the link in as well

http://youtube.com/watch?v=IMsnqQHOwFg

txschutte
10-08-2007, 12:37 PM
Looks Awesome! Are you going to sandblast the inside before seasoning it?
yeah, got to. The rust is too heavy to grind off. Doing it this eve.

jpw23
10-08-2007, 08:36 PM
Nice work man....is the thickness of the steel for the fire box 1/8" or thinner?

LMAJ
10-08-2007, 09:07 PM
Looks great! Good luck with her.

CrimsonSmoke
10-08-2007, 09:31 PM
Looks great good job. Wished I could weld.

MileHighSmoker
10-10-2007, 03:15 PM
Well? I know you have had time to blast and paint that rig... where are the photos of the finished smoker.

Also I owe you one because I have had that damn Lola song stuck in my head all week.