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Old 05-05-2018, 09:17 PM   #51
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We got the tanks burned out and most of the paint burnt off.
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Old 05-05-2018, 09:20 PM   #52
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While burning the tanks, we got the wood storage built on the front of the trailer. Then the following day we were able to place the pits back on the trailer and welded into place.
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Old 05-05-2018, 09:26 PM   #53
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Got the handles on the damper between the fire box and cooking chamber.
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Old 05-05-2018, 09:30 PM   #54
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Installed the latches to hold the dampers in position. They can be wide open, half open, or closed.
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Old 05-05-2018, 09:35 PM   #55
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Got the dampers installed on the smoke stacks.
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Old 05-05-2018, 09:42 PM   #56
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Had a couple cords of mesquite delivered to help with seasoning the pits.
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Old 05-05-2018, 09:51 PM   #57
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Started yesterday afternoon working on the counter weights for the doors. They will be @ 70# apiece. Started with 5" pipe filled with square stock and re-bar. Will finish them up and get them mounted Monday.
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Old 05-06-2018, 02:30 AM   #58
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Those pits are going to be cooking machines man. Great work.

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Old 05-06-2018, 10:32 AM   #59
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Very cool. Y'all are building some monsters.
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Old 05-06-2018, 07:59 PM   #60
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pro stuff!
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:23 PM   #61
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Finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Finished up the edging around the doors yesterday. Today we were able to get the handles on the doors and mounted two of the counter weights.
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:27 PM   #62
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They are balanced real well about 45 to 55 percent open and the stop at a great height when fully opened.
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:30 PM   #63
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We plan to be finished up in the next couple of days. This weekend, we'll begin seasoning the pits.
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Old 05-09-2018, 08:57 AM   #64
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Just wow. Excellent work and project.
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Old 05-09-2018, 01:44 PM   #65
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These will never work. Please finish welding the counterweights on the other side and send to me for free disposal. While not necessary to receive free disposal, you'd prove yourself an eternal gentleman by filling every nook and cranny with that wood before delivering. This will ensure the pitts don't blow away while being disposed.

Very clean and well done
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Old 05-09-2018, 03:44 PM   #66
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Nice work on the pits!!! Ready to hear how they cook!!
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:00 PM   #67
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Great Job!
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:39 PM   #68
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Great looking Pits
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Old 05-10-2018, 03:38 PM   #69
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Freaking awesome!
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Old 05-10-2018, 04:34 PM   #70
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Very cool
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Old 05-12-2018, 10:36 PM   #71
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It's all finished up. Coated it with oil today and burned it in. We didn't install the front shelf because of the oil running out during the burn.
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Old 05-12-2018, 10:43 PM   #72
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Stopped at HEB on the way home and picked up 4 briskets and 4 pork butts to run through them tomorrow to begin the seasoning.
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Old 05-12-2018, 10:48 PM   #73
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Next week, I want to run it across the scales. I don't think it is over 7K but it may be close. If it does go over, we'll be upgrading the tires and axles. I'm glad I decided to go with a trailer with brakes because you can definitely tell it is behind the truck.
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Old 05-12-2018, 10:56 PM   #74
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Very impressive!!

How much clearance is there from bottom of firebox to the ground?
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Old 05-12-2018, 11:54 PM   #75
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Lord but that's pretty!

Any worry about dragging the firebox doors off?


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Old 05-13-2018, 05:13 AM   #76
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Man yall did a bang up job. Too bad its for work and not your personal setup!

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Old 05-13-2018, 07:47 AM   #77
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Very impressive!!

How much clearance is there from bottom of firebox to the ground?
7.5 inches as it sits. Its about 5 inches behind the truck.
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:57 AM   #78
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Don't think it'll be an issue. If it does, will probably mean more OT
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:01 AM   #79
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Man yall did a bang up job. Too bad its for work and not your personal setup!

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This thing is too big for personal use. Anyhow, I can cook about 12 briskets in mine. That is usually more than enough.
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:10 AM   #80
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I like it!
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:45 AM   #81
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Incredible craftsmanship, looks like you literally thought of everything.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:42 AM   #82
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Incredible craftsmanship, looks like you literally thought of everything.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:48 AM   #83
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How's the temp regulated within cooking chamber, front temp gauge vs back temp gauge at cooking temp?
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:42 PM   #84
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How's the temp regulated within cooking chamber, front temp gauge vs back temp gauge at cooking temp?
The back end runs about 10 degrees lower when around 220 to 240. It seems to be a bigger difference the higher the temp gets. Its not a big deal to me as most od my cooking is in the 220 to 250 range.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:46 PM   #85
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Picked up 527# of brisket on the way home tonight. Tomorrow getting 100# of sausage and 30 chickens. Gonna get started cooking Friday.
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:25 PM   #86
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Picked up 527# of brisket on the way home tonight. Tomorrow getting 100# of sausage and 30 chickens. Gonna get started cooking Friday.
****, that sounds like work...I think I'd rather build pits!


Just an awesome design and execution, man! Very nice.
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:39 PM   #87
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I think you could safely name that one Double Dís. Very well done!
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:45 PM   #88
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Wow! Awesome job!
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:46 PM   #89
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I think you could safely name that one Double Dís. Very well done!
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:11 AM   #90
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Strong work. Look forward to seeing some pics of the big cook Friday. I’ve help cook 100+ briskets on a few occasions - it’s a ton of work but a lot of fun.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:14 AM   #91
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Awesome work sir. I'm pretty new to smoking. Tell me about the application of a smoke stack damper and a damper between firebox and smoke chamber. Seems like all of those things would be used to decrease draw/temp. Can that not be adequately achieved by only using the air intake damper on fire box?

I built a small smoker about a year ago with only a damper on firebox and have had no issues. But i'm always open to improving things.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:24 PM   #92
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I think it should be Dolly!
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:33 AM   #93
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This thing is too big for personal use. Anyhow, I can cook about 12 briskets in mine. That is usually more than enough.
Man, great build. You just need more friends--never too big for personal use!
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:56 AM   #94
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Awesome job!
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Old 05-22-2018, 05:47 PM   #95
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How'd she cook???
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Old 06-05-2018, 05:44 PM   #96
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This is a really awesome build, nice craftsmanship.
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