Well the good news is we figured out that heating this thing won't take nearly as much fire as we thought.
This size fire
Does this pretty quick
The bad news is the fire box door warped. Thanks to our neighborhood eagle scout for building a fire that would make a $#@!ing boiler smith nervous. Actually it should still close just fine with a latch but we still had to give him a ration of $#@!.
Shelves have seasoned up nicely, and with one more (SMALLER) test burn we should be ready to cook this weekend.
If you rebuild the door you might try going with heavier angle for the surrounding frame. Whenever we have burnouts that leave thin areas, we try to beef those up to avoid warping. We aren't building fires next to them but after a day of running a robotic welder next to the plates they get plenty hot. Sometimes we will have the weldment normalized after welding to eliminate the stresses that occur during the burnout process. I doubt that you would want to reduce the size of the burnouts with it drawing as well as it does.
This build is pretty cool. Good job to all concerned.
I would love to but it doesn't look like you need me. How much did the door warp? Any chance that you can straighten it? It's amazing what you can do with a 10ton bottle jack. Once you get it back in place, it should stay put. No guarantee of course but it's worth a try to avoid fabbing another one,
So "need" is a prerequisite to taking a look at this big bastard and having a beer? boooooooooo.
Do what we do. Tell people that the warped door is a design feature to help with air circulation.
Thing looks like $#@!. I'll haul it to the dump (no charge) and you can start on another one. PM me where I need to pick it up.
Bad ass. Does the valve handle make it hard to tell how far open the damper is?
So $#@! turkey and $#@! football it's time to cook.
Two 11 ish pounders. Started a small fire and she was ready to go in an hour.
You going to use cedar and pinecones again?
I notice no counterweights - how difficult are the doors?
Also, I don't recall pics of the door stops; whatcha got there?
Did the door flanges work out well - any excessive leakage?
Very cool, post a pic of the whole rig while it's smoking
So the first cook went exactly as planned. NOT. Two 10+ pounders went on at 7:30. And then at 8 we were wondering how much was left in the keg, so we figured there was only one way to find out.
Just seemed like the thing to do as Free Born Americans. While cooking we got a little work done:
Puffy G welding the damper on the chimney. It's a damn good thing we put this on. We also put in another position stop for the fire box damper to direct the heat a little lower in the cook chamber. Then I added a tuning plate right next to the damper and it really helps to even out temps across the pit.
And we drank more keg beer. And people started showing up. And of course the pit doors had to be opened forty eleven times for gawking purposes.
About noon I realized the briskets looked raw. Uh oh. So a bit of neighborhood scrambling produced three probe thermometers. Interesting results. The door thermometers were reading 250, while probes in the center were about 200. $#@!.
Drink some beer and discuss this. Hmmm. So, several hours and many beers later I had the beast running were I wanted. Bigger fire and damp down about a third of the chimney did the trick. Now we're finally cooking.
Scrap Iron and Gunther made an appearance
Our neighborhood will never be confused with Rob Roy, but I can't imagine being anywhere else.
$#@!ing ouch goddamnit. Puffy G decided to push the button and shoot out nine feet of mig wire while I'm helping him fit up a weld. Mig wire gets hot when it arcs. This is why you wear gloves.
Alas, 18 hours later we have wonderful slooooooooooow smoked briskets. Can't find pics because drunk.
Then we spent the next couple days chipping paint, cleaning rust, etc. Put new door handles on. They work fine, but a little out of square with the world. We might modify down the road, but they're good for now. A good cleaning, a couple hours of painting, and...
Ladies, gentlemen, and shag brethren I present to you our fully functional space station:
Still a ton of work to do, but we like her.
And THAT'S how you do it! Nice work gentlemen.
"Bad Mother" or "The Boss" would be great names for this beast
I submit Smokamotive. I knew I should have rolled by yesterday. Damned kid functions.
I'd recommend naming it BEVO and tailgating as close to the admin building as possible.
Using the ol' leaf blower fire starter trick?
Too many right angles.
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