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midnight
06-03-2004, 12:37 PM
I finaly finished building my new smoker. We fired it up to cure the paint and metal and to check the temps. It has 4 temp gauges and 3 of them had less than a 2 or 3 degree difference the fourt was about 10 - 15 deg. cooler ( this is the one on the bottom oposite the fire box). It looks and works better than I ever could have hoped, as this is the first (and maybe last) one I ever built.

Saturday we are going to do our first cook... 10 chickens, 40lbs of pork butt, and 14 racks of ribs, my brother also mentioned something about a turkey he has in his freezer.

parrothead
06-03-2004, 12:42 PM
SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jorge
06-03-2004, 12:48 PM
Impressive!

chad
06-03-2004, 12:53 PM
Nice!

Bill-Chicago
06-03-2004, 01:24 PM
Great job Midnight.

That thing looks awesome.

BigAl
06-03-2004, 01:55 PM
Looks great! How about some inside pics?

The_Kapn
06-03-2004, 02:23 PM
Midnight-
Now, that is a real Bandera on Steroids!! :D
I am jealous!
Great Job.
TIM

racer_81
06-03-2004, 02:44 PM
[quote="midnight"

Saturday we are going to do our first cook... 10 chickens, 40lbs of pork butt, and 14 racks of ribs, my brother also mentioned something about a turkey he has in his freezer.[/quote]

Dangit. Now I'm hungry.

I'm jealous too. That's a fine looking pit. You should get hours and hours
of fun outta that thing.

When's the first contest?

MikeG
06-03-2004, 02:48 PM
Midnight,
Your creation looks great!! Good luck with the virgin cook.
Who are the gentlemen pictured? You with your brother behind?
MikeG

jt
06-03-2004, 03:02 PM
Good lookin' pit, Midnight. I'll take a pulled pork sammich when they're ready...:twisted:

Bill-Chicago
06-03-2004, 03:25 PM
Midnight,
Your creation looks great!! Good luck with the virgin cook.
Who are the gentlemen pictured? You with your brother behind?
MikeG

Um, Mike

Top of the pictures has the comments of whos who and whats what

Cuelio
06-03-2004, 03:28 PM
Daaaaaaammnn!

That is a sweet looking rig!!! Great work, man. When should I be over?

MikeG
06-03-2004, 03:37 PM
Duuuuh....awwwh chhiiiiiiiiitttttttttttttt...I see it now.
Thanks Bill ...
DF's short legged chicken avatar has me laughing my butt
off. Did you notice that the right leg is shorter than the left?
MikeG

kcquer
06-03-2004, 03:41 PM
<in my best Jeff Spicoli voice>AWESOME, TOTALLY AWESOME!

Very well done, people are going to see it and want one, hell I do!

Bigmista
06-03-2004, 04:14 PM
Awesome pit man! How long did it take you to make it?

Stucue74
06-03-2004, 04:32 PM
Where is South Dakota again?? Nice toy.

auscos
06-03-2004, 05:44 PM
That's one fine unit/

Are you into sharing specs? cost? Bill of Materials?

I surely understand if you don't, but I will help me figure my time and budget for the next year if you do.

Solidkick
06-03-2004, 05:56 PM
EXCELLENT JOB!!

You taking orders? I know you had a lot of man hours in construction. It really looks nice!!!!!!!!

midnight
06-03-2004, 06:14 PM
thanks for all the good coments!

I forgot to take a pic of the inside. I will get it tonight and post it on Friday or saturday. I might wait to take a pic with it full of food.

I started this project about a month ago but only realy spent about 6 days working on it ( Saturdays and Sundays only). Total cost will be about $1200 including $60 for the eye doctor to remove a steel sliver from my left eye and then grind the rust ring off my eye. Steel prices have sky rocketed lately so I don't know what the metal would cost now. ( I paid about $380 in February).

If anyone wants more "technical" info just let me know.

parrothead
06-03-2004, 09:57 PM
Did you notice that the right leg is shorter than the left?

And the middle leg is even shorter.

mook
06-04-2004, 12:09 AM
Wow!!!!!!

Great looking rig. Have a great time cooking this weekend. I can't wait to hear how it turns out.

SoCalCraigster
06-04-2004, 12:59 AM
Can you post some pics and details regarding your bad ass smoker.

SoCalCraigster Out

midnight
06-04-2004, 08:45 AM
Can you post some pics and details regarding your bad ass smoker.

SoCalCraigster Out

Alot of the info along with some pics are in a Q-Talk post from April 27th titled "Started Construction of New mobile pit"

I will post up some other construction pics with some details when I have some free time this weekend.

Anything specific you want to know about? let me know.

midnight
06-04-2004, 08:47 AM
F.Y.I. the $1200 cost of my pit included $580 just for the trailer I built it on.
If you have a trailer your way ahead of the game!

JacksonsDad
06-04-2004, 10:34 AM
Nice looking rig...

Funny story..had a friend (of a friend) make a smoker out of 30" steel pipe, I Beams for legs, counter weight pulley system for the door because it was so heavy, etc...took 8 or 10 guys to slide it over to the patio where he bolted it to his 10x10 concrete pad. A few weeks later, there was a noticible tilt to his patio, one side was about 3 inches higher than the other, go figure. Eventually moved and sold it for about 4 grand....

I like the idea of it being on wheels much better...you can spread the word..and the Q

The_Kapn
06-04-2004, 11:39 AM
I'm really surprised we haven't started bidding on the Midnight Express :D
Let me check my 401K, IRA, CD's, checking account, GrandKiddo's piggy bank, Karen's purse, under couch cushions..... :(
Be right back. Gotta call a loan shark I know.

Damn, that's a kool rig.

TIM

tommykendall
06-05-2004, 11:42 AM
farking awesome pit Midnight. I about $hit my pants when I saw it - but then again what else is new?

midnight
06-06-2004, 06:59 PM
Here are the inside pics. I took them on Saturday while I did my first smoke. Hard to see inside, here is what was cooking: 40lbs pork butt, 3 racks spare ribs, 5 chickens, 1-12lb turkey, a 5lb ham, 4- 1lb fattys, one pkg of brats, one pkg of hot dogs.

All came out great. Meat took a little longer than I thought it would, temps ran at 200 deg. think I need to bump it up to about 225-250 to get the same cook times as my dera.

I used mostly all wood but added some charcoal at the start and right at the end to help keep temps up.

Overall I was very pleazed with the performance of my smoker :D

BigAl
06-06-2004, 07:51 PM
NICE!

cabo
06-06-2004, 08:01 PM
Letís see,
Got my baffle from New Mexico, getting a basket from Colorado, gloves from Chicago, seasoning from Alabama, pepper jelly from Florida. I party in New York, and cook in South Carolina. Shieeat, canít see why I canít get a cooker made in South DakotaÖÖ

VERRRY Nice Rig!!!! 8)

racer_81
06-06-2004, 11:12 PM
Nice pics - where's the snow and ice?

Solidkick
06-06-2004, 11:53 PM
Letís see,
Got my baffle from New Mexico, getting a basket from Colorado, gloves from Chicago, seasoning from Alabama, pepper jelly from Florida. I party in New York, and cook in South Carolina. Shieeat, canít see why I canít get a cooker made in South DakotaÖÖ

VERRRY Nice Rig!!!! 8)

couldn't have been said any better............

midnight
06-07-2004, 10:43 AM
Nice pics - where's the snow and ice?

June is spring, July is summer, August is fall, rest of year is winter!

Or as we say around here we have 4 seasons: windy, hot, cold, windy.

Bill-Chicago
06-07-2004, 11:01 AM
Nice pics - where's the snow and ice?

June is spring, July is summer, August is fall, rest of year is winter!

Or as we say around here we have 4 seasons: windy, hot, cold, windy.

Did you name it yet Midnight?

brdbbq
06-07-2004, 11:27 AM
farking awesome pit Midnight. I about $hit my pants when I saw it - but then again what else is new?

Blue pill Mod

Arlin_MacRae
06-07-2004, 02:15 PM
Huzzah, Midnight!! Congrats on a good-lookin' pit. How does she Q?

Arlin

MikeG
06-07-2004, 02:29 PM
Hey Midnight:
That is one fine cooker ya got there. Enjoyed the pictures.
I got a hell of an idea! You are going to need a winter home
for her, and I know just the place with no snow, no ice and little
wind. She could stay seasoned and come home with a nice
tan. Just think, she would only be gone for say 10 short months
a year. Just trying to be neighborly ya know.
MikeG

midnight
06-07-2004, 04:50 PM
Hey Midnight:
That is one fine cooker ya got there. Enjoyed the pictures.
I got a hell of an idea! You are going to need a winter home
for her, and I know just the place with no snow, no ice and little
wind. She could stay seasoned and come home with a nice
tan. Just think, she would only be gone for say 10 short months
a year. Just trying to be neighborly ya know.
MikeG

I think its time to do the security mod! Locks on hitch, locks on doors, rabid pit bull inside :shock:

Too bad I plan to use it all year long :wink:

midnight
06-07-2004, 04:53 PM
Nice pics - where's the snow and ice?

June is spring, July is summer, August is fall, rest of year is winter!

Or as we say around here we have 4 seasons: windy, hot, cold, windy.

Did you name it yet Midnight?

When I was building it someone on this forum mentioned the name "Midnight Express", it kind of has stuck. Any other ideas?

2Fat
06-07-2004, 05:23 PM
I want one---darn nice job there---

kcquer
06-07-2004, 07:05 PM
When I was building it someone on this forum mentioned the name "Midnight Express", it kind of has stuck. Any other ideas?


I think what I suggested was Midnight Special. That cooker is special and besides theres a good CCR song to go with it.

BigAl
06-08-2004, 12:20 AM
Nice pics - where's the snow and ice?

June is spring, July is summer, August is fall, rest of year is winter!

Or as we say around here we have 4 seasons: windy, hot, cold, windy.

Did you name it yet Midnight?

When I was building it someone on this forum mentioned the name "Midnight Express", it kind of has stuck. Any other ideas?

Weekender. :D

brdbbq
06-08-2004, 06:21 AM
Just call it "Brian's Cooker" and I will come pick it up. :wink:
"

parrothead
06-08-2004, 07:05 AM
Just call it "Brian's Cooker" and I will come pick it up

I'm kloser Brian. I'll get it for ya, and use it for a couple of years and then you can get it from me.

cabo
06-08-2004, 05:11 PM
Sharing Mod...... :D Works for me :twisted:

parrothead
06-08-2004, 07:11 PM
Sharing Mod...... Works for me

As long as we ain't talkin' OLs

BigBelly
08-08-2004, 08:40 AM
Are you into sharing specs? cost? Bill of Materials?

I surely understand if you don't, but I will help me figure my time and budget for the next year if you do.



I am with this guy. My step father and myself have been toiling over the idea of building a pit. For some strange reason I could not get my head around building a pit that is boxy. My head was focused on the tube shape rolled steel designs. After seeing your creation it looks for formitable and less work to create a cooker like yours.

If you have plans with measurements I would like to get my hands on that. If not how about some basic dimensions. Let me go over that post to see if the specs are listed there.

Great job on the pit brother! That is a creation any Q'er could be proud of.

The_Kapn
08-08-2004, 09:13 AM
Are you into sharing specs? cost? Bill of Materials?

I surely understand if you don't, but I will help me figure my time and budget for the next year if you do.


If you have plans with measurements I would like to get my hands on that. If not how about some basic dimensions. Let me go over that post to see if the specs are listed there.

BB,
Here is the construction thread Midnight posted:
http://www.bandera-brethren.com/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=2255&highlight=

Impressive Job.
TIM