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Old 03-21-2018, 06:41 PM   #1
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Bought this pit about 10 years ago and used it plenty times, but the firebox and smokestack were way too small.
Me and Hoyt Man started the project last Friday and will have it ready by Easter.
Here’s the before pic



Cut the back off to square it off to put a 30” pipe firebox with a flat top with a door also on top to cook steaks and such. It’ll be 2 pits in one.





Put in a heat baffle to control heat going in.




Small pit within a pit


Got rid of the Mickey Mouse smokestack and put in a 6” diameter smokestack that goes down 8” inside.


That’s about as far as we got so far. The firebox ate up a lot of time, but we’re proud of the way it turned out. We still need to build a shelf under the main doors and a wood basket on the backside. Also we’re cutting that wide trailer house tongue down to the width of the rest of the bottom frame. Those pics will follow.
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Old 03-21-2018, 06:51 PM   #2
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That cool good job
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Old 03-21-2018, 06:54 PM   #3
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Looking good!!!
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Old 03-21-2018, 07:09 PM   #4
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That is bad arse fire box. Nice work
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Old 03-21-2018, 07:17 PM   #5
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That is bad arse fire box. Nice work


Thanks.
Alan gets all the credit for the design of everything. I just weld what he tells me to weld. Lol
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Old 03-21-2018, 07:20 PM   #6
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Old 03-21-2018, 11:11 PM   #7
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Looking good. I’ll be refurbing my pit pretty soon as well. Mainly just paint though.


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Old 03-22-2018, 05:41 AM   #8
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Looking good. I’ll be refurbing my pit pretty soon as well. Mainly just paint though.


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That’ll be our last step. I’ll be taking it to a guy who will sandblast it and spray it with high temp paint.
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Old 03-22-2018, 06:32 AM   #9
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That thing is a beast! Looks great
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Old 03-22-2018, 08:15 AM   #10
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Hopefully we can get the slide out trays put in this evening.
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Old 03-22-2018, 08:17 AM   #11
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Very cool. In for the final pics
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Old 03-22-2018, 08:34 AM   #12
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Well done, fellas!
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Old 03-22-2018, 09:17 AM   #13
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Would already be done if y’all let me supervise
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Old 03-22-2018, 10:19 AM   #14
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Would already be done if y’all let me supervise

Bring it on! We’ll be working on it this evening.
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Old 03-22-2018, 10:22 AM   #15
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Bring it on! We’ll be working on it this evening.


My coaching duties get in the way today and tomorrow and Saturday is burning day


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Old 03-22-2018, 10:25 AM   #16
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Old 03-22-2018, 10:41 AM   #17
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Good Job!
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Old 03-22-2018, 11:27 AM   #18
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Looks good gentlemen. Nice work!
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Old 03-24-2018, 06:21 PM   #19
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Got the tracks and slide out trays in. Just need to add the handles to them.
Getting closer.




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Old 03-24-2018, 07:17 PM   #20
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Move smoke stack to other end put in plates for reverse flow. That makes it a lot less work moving food around on temp. The pit will stay the same temp all the way around, but either way nice work.
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Old 03-24-2018, 08:00 PM   #21
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Move smoke stack to other end put in plates for reverse flow. That makes it a lot less work moving food around on temp. The pit will stay the same temp all the way around, but either way nice work.


For the simplicity of this one, we just kept it the same as it was. But after we finish this one, we’re starting on Alan’s reverse flow.
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Old 03-25-2018, 07:54 AM   #22
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Fire box looks good! Those hinges are going to get on your nerves over time though. I have been building them with pipe & cold roll, I don't have problems with them seizing up.

A good way to even out the heat on a pit this long is tuning plates.
The pit in the picture is 5' long, 20" pipe. With the plates in the right spot, the temp stays even all the way across. It doesn't take much to weld 2 stips of angle iron in there, and then your set.

You might as well put another level of racks too! You have the room.
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Old 03-25-2018, 11:43 AM   #23
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Solid advice on the tuning plates.
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Old 03-25-2018, 11:53 AM   #24
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Old 03-25-2018, 03:51 PM   #25
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Got the shelf with beer holders on. One step closer. We’re fixing to fire her up and slap on a couple slabs of St. Louis ribs



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Old 03-25-2018, 03:58 PM   #26
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Beer holders....nice touch!


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Old 03-25-2018, 04:51 PM   #27
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First fire. Pulling some good smoke through there

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Old 03-25-2018, 10:12 PM   #28
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It did a pretty **** good job for its first run. Was able to keep temps within 18* from front to back just by leveling the pit. Still playing around with the baffles try to find the perfect spots.
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Old 03-25-2018, 11:37 PM   #29
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Bought this pit about 10 years ago and used it plenty times, but the firebox and smokestack were way too small.
Me and Hoyt Man started the project last Friday and will have it ready by Easter.
Here’s the before pic



Cut the back off to square it off to put a 30” pipe firebox with a flat top with a door also on top to cook steaks and such. It’ll be 2 pits in one.





Put in a heat baffle to control heat going in.




Small pit within a pit


Got rid of the Mickey Mouse smokestack and put in a 6” diameter smokestack that goes down 8” inside.


That’s about as far as we got so far. The firebox ate up a lot of time, but we’re proud of the way it turned out. We still need to build a shelf under the main doors and a wood basket on the backside. Also we’re cutting that wide trailer house tongue down to the width of the rest of the bottom frame. Those pics will follow.

Love the rims. How fast does she go?


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Old 03-26-2018, 09:09 AM   #30
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Love the rims. How fast does she go?


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Lol
That’s my favorite part of this pit
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Old 03-26-2018, 11:27 PM   #31
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Those beer holders take this build to a whole new level!!!


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Old 03-27-2018, 03:23 PM   #32
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All it lacks is a good cook
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Old 03-27-2018, 08:51 PM   #33
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All it lacks is a good cook


Whatcha talking bout, Willis?
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Old 03-27-2018, 09:32 PM   #34
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Old 03-29-2018, 07:36 PM   #35
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Old 03-31-2018, 08:41 AM   #36
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Testing her out with a couple of briskets today. Still not completely finished, but it’s cookable. Hopefully soon we’ll finish it up and start on Alan’s.



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Old 04-02-2018, 03:56 PM   #37
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Nice!
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Old 04-02-2018, 04:21 PM   #38
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Thanks!
It produced pretty well

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Old 04-07-2018, 05:35 PM   #39
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Got the wood basket done today.
A brisket is cooking on it as we work.



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Old 04-07-2018, 06:33 PM   #40
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Very nice pit

Beer on the other hand is not a good choice!
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Old 04-07-2018, 06:38 PM   #41
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Great work, very nice
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Old 04-07-2018, 06:39 PM   #42
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Man I love threads like this one.

Nice work men.
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Old 04-07-2018, 07:20 PM   #43
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Thanks guys.

It produced great once again.



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Old 04-07-2018, 08:09 PM   #44
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Old 04-07-2018, 09:26 PM   #45
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Nothing like breathing life into something hat needs it. Turned out great!
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Old 04-17-2018, 01:49 PM   #46
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Looks great, awesome smoke ring on that meat
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Old 04-17-2018, 02:34 PM   #47
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Looks great, awesome smoke ring on that meat


Thanks! Waiting to redo the tongue and get it sandblasted and painted. Spare time is getting scarce. Lol
Got the Bulldog hitch in Friday. Just need to find the time to continue.
Cooked another brisket, 3 slabs of ribs, and 3 chickens this past Saturday. I’m enjoying this thing.

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Old 04-17-2018, 02:49 PM   #48
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Thanks, now I am hungry. Nice Job
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Old 04-17-2018, 02:59 PM   #49
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I need to do the same thing to my pit...add a "smokebox" to one end of it...looks good
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Old 04-17-2018, 09:03 PM   #50
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