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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:13 am 
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So last year at the start of the year My business partners and i came across an interesting add on ebay that had a 8 meter long Pressure vessel dated back to the 1800's
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Being that we had only been a smoker building company for a short while and being keen as mustard we KNEW we had to have it and it would be a personal side project of ours so as you can see we undertook Cutting grinding straight away
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Most smokers are 6mm of steel or less and being that thickness are Managable from a manafacturing point of view. in this case it is a 16mm piece of steel with 30mm in parts. it took us WEEKS worth of man hours to grind back the doors and cuts to a point where we were happy with them
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we wanted to maintain the original feel of the vessel so removing rivets and rust from the outside was not an option. where we could we didnt disturb the original features.
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We spent a lot of time building custom racks for this pit. each rack is numbered as it will not fit in another shelf due to the fact that no door or cut is identical.
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The racks are on sliders with stoppers so that you can bring them almost the entire way out and not have them fall off. the mesh is pressed expanded metal so that the surface is flat and wont scrape the meat when you put it on/take it off. there is a pretty big cost difference but there is no point not doing things right
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For the firebox to be in proportion to the smoker it ended up being 650-700kg. thats the weight of a Large smoker just in the firebox.
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Andy (my business partner) isnt the BIGGEST bloke going around but you start to get a feel for the sheer size of this pit when there is someone next to it
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Normally we would go with counterweights on our pits but in this case we wanted to be true to the industrial look of this smoker so pulleys/chains with counterweights at the back is the plan. This also allows us to remove/add weight easily for fine tuning
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A nice picture of the front where the chains are attached
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in this picture you can see the chains hanging waiting for counterweights to be put on
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We were lucky enough also to get piping that came with the vessel that we were able to use as a chimney. I dont think the pit would have looked right should it have had just a plain piece of pipe used
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We do have some plans for this area later down the track but for now it will just be plugged up (think boiler/whistle)
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While we dont have the FINAL pics we will update you all with them as soon as its ready
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Alternatively you can come and see us/it in person at the Yaks Festival this weekend
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phfew!
a LOT of work/blood/sweat ect has gone into this pit. Wives have questioned our sanity, our accountant is like "What the!" but we really couldnt let this piece of historical metal just sit and rust for another 100 years.

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6 meters long
3.5 tonn
Doors weigh 90kg each
Wheels weigh 65kg each
the Firebox is 1.2m^3
HUNDREDS of hours of welding/grinding/design has gone into this amazing piece of art and we look forward to seeing it cook some amazing Q.
it IS for sale but only to the right buyer, someone who will look after her.

in any case, look forward to answering any questions online or at the event!

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KCBS Melbourne 2015 - 9th/15 Outright
ABA Port Macquarie - 11th/45
- 3rd Lamb
KCBS Melbourne 2016 - 7th/17 Outright
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:43 am 
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Epic. I would love to see it in person one day.
Love your work.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:04 am 
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WOW truly amazing work. thanks for the pics


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:52 pm 
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Man what a smoker, great job guys what a Find.. looking forward to seeing it this weekend . Have you guys cooked on her yet

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:03 pm 
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Havent lit her yet. I think the bbq festival will be the first time

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:20 pm 
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Will you be posting pics of the 3,000 horse power truck you'll need to move this thing around? :o
But it truly does look freakin brilliant.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:26 pm 
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it will be a flatbed with a 16tonn crane on it to move it

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:11 am 
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One of the most spectacular things I have seen!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:21 pm 
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And it's real. Saw it today the the Yak Ales BBQ show.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:41 pm 
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It looked awesome there today fellas
How did it go

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