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  • tom37
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    Great looking job Josh. I really like the handle you have made. I cant tell in the pic, is the door far enough past its balance point when it is resting upright, that it does not fall in your head in a high wind?

    Its probably plenty far but its hard to tell in the pic.

    Nice work.

    Tom

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  • joshcarlegis55
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    With the wife at work I made some more progress today. It was a good bit of welding work, my little Hobart was having a heck of a time keeping up.

    This is the cooking door pretty much done.



    Here is my catch to keep the door from over extending.

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  • tom37
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    Just for the record, The doors in the above pic are 1/8" plate, NOT the 14 or 16 gauge that the box itself is made from. That is an old diesel tank like you would see on a flat bed. It was so think I didn't want to spend the time to make it strong enough for a door. So I found a scrap yard find for my doors.

    Tom

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  • joshcarlegis55
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    I have actually been thinking about doing that but didnt know if it would be worth it. Thinking about it though... that would be easier than running a flange on the inside of the tank. Thanks for the idea!

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  • tom37
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    This is just a thought. At your local Hardware store in the wood
    stove pipe area. They should have the soft gray rope for wood
    stove doors. They also have rope cement high temp. Dont use
    that!!!! I can testify to that one. They should have high temp
    silicon, I think its 1100 degree. I ran a large bead everywhere I
    wanted the rope gasket, then pressed the rope to the silicon,
    then covered it all with 2" blue paint tape just in-case some silicon
    made it to the door. Afterwords the tape pulls right off. I have
    used this method all all my smokers and it works great.
    Zero smoke loss.

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  • joshcarlegis55
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    Yes there is a reason they are on top.... because I'm impatient and dont think before I do things. I am going to have to cut all those out and patch the holes and also put a drain in the bottom of the tank. When I started the tank I just kind of rolled it to where the little legs underneath supported the tank steady and started cutting..... Didnt realize what I had done until a couple weeks ago... All that stuff on top is going to be removed though. The flange is going to be welded to the door, except the top seal which will be put inside the tank since it wont clear with the hinges I used.. I think it looks better that way and hides blemishes in the cuts. I shouldnt be losing much smoke with the door fitting so well but if I do I will put some on the inside also.

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  • tom37
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    It looks like you are making good progress Josh. Are you going to make a flange on the door or will it be under the door welded to the tank it self?

    OK one more question. Is there a reason that you left the threaded holes to the top?

    I ask this because there is a guy that I work with and he has near the same tank and he left the threaded holes to the bottom.

    Thanks for all the great pics.

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  • joshcarlegis55
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    Heres some welds for yall to make fun of


    Now this pic is the one I wanted to share the most. When the tank gets cut you get some warping and it loses its shape when you take out metal that was holding it together in round. After I cut my door out and before I finish welded my hinges, I came in and used a car jack and piece of wood to push the top of the door, where it dropped after cutting, back up in to line with the hinges and the top of the tank. This makes for tighter seams and you dont have uneven metal at the top where there wont be a lip.

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  • joshcarlegis55
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    Got my cooking door cut out today. I was waiting until I got it on a trailer and up to the shop so I could use a torch but impatience got the best of me.... A few hours on the grinder cutoff wheel and you end up with a very clean cut. Unfortunately one of my Harbor Freight 4 1/2" grinders bit the dust... another 9 dollars down the drain. Heres the pics.

    Here is the set up.... I know, I know.... its a Hobart, I cant afford all your big Millers. We have one at our companies shop though and I use it whenever I can. All the work I am doing is with my 110V Hobart using flux core wire. Not really made to burn 1/4" steel but it'll do the trick.


    Here I have the top and bottom of the door cut. I tacked the hinges on before I made the bottom cut (I used the jack and wood here initially to get my hinges on correctly, I will explain in bottom of the post).


    I was very worried about the steel losing its form when I had the door cut so I went in a welded these braces. I will come back later and put something a little bit prettier in there.


    All finished with hinges welded on. The square tubing there is just to keep the door from falling in on itself. I will put a lip around the edge next.

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  • joshcarlegis55
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    Door is done.... Time to start on the cooking surface and trailer. It will probly be a few weeks with vacation coming up and dove season starting but yall dont get too bored with the post.

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    Sweet looking project you go there, you got my attention.

    Keep up the good work

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  • joshcarlegis55
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    Finishing up the fire box doors.... this project is going a little bit slower than I had wanted.... but its tough to motivate yourself to work out in the hot Alabama sun if you dont have to.





    The gaps in the flat stock will be where the round stock is welded to the door for the hinges. I am going to do "L" type hinges.

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  • overkill 19
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    Really sad to hear of your loss, but I thought I would pass along this good info in hopes of cheering you up.

    If you truly want to find out who is Man's best friend....your wife or your dog????? lock them both in the trunk of your car for a hour. When you open it, see which one is glad to see you!!!

    Cheers.

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  • joshcarlegis55
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    Well Im back on my feet and at it again. I cut 2 plates for my smoke box today and ran out of metal to do the end piece. Next is to cut the door on the plate going in to the cooking area then weld her up. (I just figured out how to shrink so the next ones will be smaller)



    Not real scientific door measurements but no one will see it.

    Last edited by joshcarlegis55; 07-10-2009, 04:18 PM.

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  • Ranch Land Toys (RLT)
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    Josh, This is not the news that I was expecting to see when I opened this post to see the progress on your smoker grill. I to am sorry to hear of your loss and offer my heart felt sympathy! We all miss our pals that don’t borrow our tools, nor drink our beer, who are quick to clean up what falls from our grills. The one’s that don’t laugh at us as we cuss after the cut we made using the short tape on that final cut we all have. The one’s, the only explanation they need are a pat on the head! Yes they are truly missed. When Time permits I’ll be looking forward to you progress. You’re motivating me into starting mine
    This is the last one I completed.
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