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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:17 am 
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Hi All!
New to this site and new to smokers.

As someone who seriously enjoys smoked meat and meat in general, i thought id start another project in hopes of getting it finished before Xmas.
My theory was that to truly enjoy and understand smoking, I should put in the hard work and build a smoker myself.

Im not a boily or sheety. however I have worked as a T/A and Labourer for years before starting a career in Graphic Design.

Anyhow I will be documenting my progress. All info and help along the way would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
Paul.

(Below are a few components that have been cut. I will be commencing work on this today).


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2016 1:34 am 
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nice work!
just looking at the components and trying to mentally see them, probably misinterpreting them but few questions and statements

1. should have tabbed the door on the chamber instead of cut it out so you roll it as the same diameter. saves you time and you get a piece of steel from the same stock and as such same properties.
2. i see you have a front opening door instead of side, if you dont plan on placing vents on the door then your side wheel will probably not be enough airflow.
3. reverse flow im guessing by the long middle piece
4. i can see the end cap but below that the half moon im guessing is going to be your chimney exhaust which will have a pipe out but it also looks like you plan on a top grill with a removable lid. is there going to be clearance past the exhaust?
5. last but not least what is that very top left piece annd where is the base square for your firebox?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2016 1:08 pm 
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Thanks Beaver,

Hopefully I can answer some of your questions, here we go.

1) In my drawings I tabbed the door in the middle section so I could grind it off after i rolled it, especially because of how much of a pain in the ass it was to roll!!! Unfortunately this was not done (pros and cons of a cheap laser cutter).
2) In regards to airflow, I had thought about this but unfortunately I am still a freshy. I may have adjustable levels on the door lever but not sure.
3) Correct.
4) The half-moon section is for the fire box to butt up to. I will hopefully have enough clearance as i am only going to be running a single tray.
5) Very top left piece is a side table for prep as the front facing one will be collapsible. Fire box will be 2 sections of 3 folded and welded.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2016 1:25 pm 
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Nice build so far.
I would however recommend addition holes or slides drilled on the end for airflow.
In my experience always double or tripple what you think you will need otherwise you will end up cooking with the door open.
In your case with a side facing door it doesnt relaly promote flow under or past the fire as much hence recommending additional vents.

Can i also recommend a hinged lip on your firebox for ease of ash removal?
That could also doubke as a good vent

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:42 am 
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Thanks for the feedback Beaver.

I have added a door on the back of the fire box for ash removal/airflow, thank you for the advice. :D
I am still yet to drill additional holes for airflow as i don't want to get carried away and will experiment when she id up and running.

Its taken longer than expected. progress pictures attached.

I will hopefully have it done by Christmas.

Cheers,
Paul.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:15 pm 
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Hi Guys,

Quick update.
After how crazy work was before Christmas and how crazy the weather has been lately, i didn't have a chance to finish the smoker like i had planned.
With all that being said, I should have it done this weekend.
Its been blasted, primed and painted and just has some minor details to add to finish.

I WILL be christening it over the Easter long weekend! :D :D :D

Thanks,
Paul.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:10 am 
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Wow, I'm impressed!! How did it go?

I'm new here & new to smokers. I'm overloading my head with info at the moment though.


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