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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:35 pm 
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Hey folks,

I haven't posted in quite some time :(

I'm hoping to build a little offset smoker over the Xmas break. I live in a workers cottage in the inner city so my space is limited. I also only have a 105 piece tool bag that I bought for $35 about 10 years ago at my disposal!!

A friend of mine bought a second hand stick welder recently and on the same day another mate sent me a text message about a bloke selling some old LPG tanks for $5 each and asked if I wanted a couple. I figured half my expenses were taken care of just there so I might as well give it a go!

The tanks are small at about 900 x 400 each. One will be the cooking chamber, the other will be cut in half. I'll use one half for my firebox, my mate gets the other half for his firebox. I haven't decided if I'm going to charge him the $2.50 for his half or if I should let it go because he brought the tanks up to Melbourne from Geelong for me :D

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Drawing right angles on a curved surface... my brain is still hurting:
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My original plan was to try and keep costs under $200 although I feel like it may double before the year is out. At the moment the biggest outlay is going to be for the thermometer, but I wonder if it's really necessary to get a BQ300 for a little shitbox??

I'm really looking forward to how it turns out because I've never welded before and I'm going to design from the hip while I'm building it... I'm already thinking that Frankenstein may be a good name for it.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:33 pm 
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I wouldn't charge your mate the $2.50 for his half. I'd charge double that, for the privilege of being allowed to deliver. :D
Looking forward to following this. Had to search for the BQ300. At $45.20 + $7.06 for the mounting kit, in US dollars, hell no. Maybe if it all welds together nicely and you're gonna get the use out of it, but for a "Build-as-you-go-how-the-hell-does-a-welder-work" build, just no. Add it later if it all goes well.
Oh, you're gonna need an angle grinder too. And if you haven't watched Arron Franklin's clip about building offsets, the one excellent idea I picked up from it, (Which maybe everyone else knew) don't cut the whole door out, until you've added the hinges and what-nots. Cut all the way until just before the corners, or somewhere, so it stays in place.
Once you've cut it out, what a bugger it would be to hold the now flippy-floppy door in place whilst you try and add/measure stuff.
Disclaimer: I know nothing, and have never welded up an offset, so don't pay attention to me. :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 6:48 am 
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JUST MAKE SHORE ITS WELL DEGASSED BEFORE DOING ANYTHING

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:58 am 
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I've been where your at already with the same tanks.. Go for it!

Start stressing about what or where your gonna source your grates.. And throw that budget out the window, it'll triple once you start adding bells and whistles.. Unless your hoard can supply you with most of it..

Hoards are good!
If your hoard consists of bunnings visits, it'll blow your budget in one trip

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:02 pm 
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Thanks for the advice so far.

Yakabot, I've seen that video but I cut the door out anyway. I was hoping to use that as my main welding practice, attaching the flat iron flaps to it. Any tips on a thermometer?

Fish food, thanks for the heads up. They were devalved many moons ago. I also work with gas monitoring instruments including some that are used for detecting explosive atmospheres which I used to check them. Only air inside, no combustibles.

Chromis, no hoard I'm afraid. I'll try and keep the bells and whistles to a minimum... maybe add them as time goes on. I'm already stressing about the grates, but no where near as much as how I'm gonna do the stack!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:05 pm 
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I did some cutting last week. Thought I'd share some pics.

I brought home a gas detector to check for any flammables in the tanks. All clear:
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Not a bad cut:
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I'd cut the cooking chamber out in the lane way behind my place. Friday arvo I drove down to Geelong to cut the other tank in half and give one half to my mate for his firebox. We've also got boned leg of lamb going in the little gas Weber. If you're not barbecuing while building a barbecue, you're not doing it right.
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He was cutting the door from his tank too. He's a little more relaxed than me when it comes to health and safety:
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I think the beard almost went up in flames:
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And then there were two:
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:25 pm 
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Health and safety? Pfffftt. He's wearing thongs that are specifically designed to stop nasty bee stings.
Thanks for the pics and update.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:16 pm 
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Any more follow ups on this one? Looks like an interesting little build


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:00 pm 
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I know he finished it and I saw the finished build, but it may have been on Facebook?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 11:40 pm 
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Sorry guys, I finished building it on new years eve. I started writing an epic forum post but never got around to finishing it. I've typed out about 2000 word but I have to go over it to make sure it's worth reading

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