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Old 04-10-2018, 10:03 PM   #1
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I was asked by upper management back in December to smoke some briskets and sausage for a few hundred employees at the plant. Everything went very well and they decided that next time we should cook for the entire plant (1300 to 1400 employees). We have a Lyfetyme Pit for us in the boiler room that we used for the sausage and used mine and my brother's personal smokers for the briskets. I have now been tasked with building the plant a pit and have another luncheon soon.
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Old 04-10-2018, 10:07 PM   #2
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I am starting with two 500 gallon propane tanks. After much rinsing with soapy water, we started cutting the doors.
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Old 04-10-2018, 10:12 PM   #3
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I need a trailer but don't have time to build one so I went out and got a new 16ft with tandem 3500lb axles. They don't make them exactly the way we needed for the pits to fit over the axles so we chopped the back two cross members off for the fire boxes to fit in place.
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Old 04-10-2018, 10:16 PM   #4
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We built two fire boxes that should heat everything up very well. We used 3/8" plate for the boxes. Since this is for the plant, we radius all the edges on the boxes.
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Old 04-10-2018, 10:20 PM   #5
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Today we cut the tanks to marry them to the fire boxes in.
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Old 04-10-2018, 10:23 PM   #6
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We still have a ways to go but will keep this updated as we go along. This is one of those fun projects that hardly ever happens at work.
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Old 04-10-2018, 10:36 PM   #7
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You sir, are TALENTED!
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Old 04-10-2018, 10:46 PM   #8
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I love watching pit builds. But this one being on the company nickel, I am TOTALLY in ! Letís see it take shape.


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Old 04-10-2018, 10:51 PM   #9
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WOW! A company bought smoker trailer! Now we're talking
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Old 04-11-2018, 06:19 AM   #10
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I love watching pit builds. But this one being on the company nickel, I am TOTALLY in ! Letís see it take shape.


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Nothing like buying a brand new trailer, and then cutting it up!

This is going to be a hoss. I'm IN for the finished product.
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Old 04-11-2018, 06:24 AM   #11
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Great work so far! In for the finished product
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Old 04-11-2018, 06:30 AM   #12
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those look great!
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Old 04-11-2018, 06:43 AM   #13
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Following - looks great so far - getting paid for doing something fun - awesome!
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Old 04-11-2018, 09:37 AM   #14
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following... looks great so far!
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Old 04-11-2018, 09:47 AM   #15
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You possess some talent that I can only dream of!!
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Old 04-12-2018, 10:25 AM   #16
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Yes. Look forward to progress pics.
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Old 04-12-2018, 10:00 PM   #17
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Today we had a chance to get the smoke stacks cut and in place. They are 8" stacks that are just under 4' tall. We also were able to cut out the opening from the fire box to the cooking chamber. Tomorrow, we are supposed to get a steel delivery and can start on the sliding racks.
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Old 04-12-2018, 10:05 PM   #18
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Looks awesome. Going to be a hell of a pit when it's finished!
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Old 04-13-2018, 06:54 AM   #19
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Plant pit, nothing better!


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Old 04-13-2018, 07:10 AM   #20
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Mad skills for sure!
Lookin awesome so far
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:45 AM   #21
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Looks dang good. You going to put an adjustable damper between the fire box and the pit?

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Old 04-13-2018, 08:21 AM   #22
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Nice! Cant wait to see it finished.
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Old 04-13-2018, 08:39 AM   #23
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Those are lookin great!
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:40 AM   #24
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I'd like to learn how to layout that branch connection. That's an impressive fit.
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Old 04-13-2018, 11:50 AM   #25
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I'd like to learn how to layout that branch connection. That's an impressive fit.


I was wondering that too.
Very impressive
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:11 AM   #26
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:46 AM   #27
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Skills!
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Old 04-14-2018, 03:35 PM   #28
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:10 AM   #29
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Yep that is looking great. Pretty impressive fab up skills on that smoke stack junction.
Anxious to see the finished pics and some Q. Great work!
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Old 04-15-2018, 09:07 AM   #30
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Not only great work, I love the fact your company seems to value their employees!
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Old 04-15-2018, 11:16 AM   #31
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Very impressive work!!


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Old 04-15-2018, 08:32 PM   #32
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Impressive work!
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:37 PM   #33
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Awesome work. Going to be a killer setup!
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Old 04-18-2018, 09:38 PM   #34
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We were put on hold for a week. Have a couple of VPs come in for our quarterly meetings. My GM and our plant VP doesn't want their bosses questioning the time and money going into these things. Once they're done, they'll be on display. Had to load them on trailer temporarily to put them out of sight. We took them out in the back pasture near one of our barns. We'll be back on them beginning next week.
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Old 04-18-2018, 09:41 PM   #35
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Looks dang good. You going to put an adjustable damper between the fire box and the pit?

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I wasn't at first but decided why not since we have the materials and it's not costing me anything. We did get the plates hinged in before we got put on hold.
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Old 04-18-2018, 10:04 PM   #36
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I'd like to learn how to layout that branch connection. That's an impressive fit.
That actually took a little thinking on my side. On the first one, we cut out a flat plate the diameter of the pipe and held it above the head and transferred the diameter below. It gave us that tear drop sketch so we cut it out. There was actually very minimal grinding for the final fit. The second tank was much easier since we cut out a cardboard pattern from the first one to transfer the opening.
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Old 04-18-2018, 10:39 PM   #37
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Nice build! Can’t wait to see the finished product
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Old 04-18-2018, 11:12 PM   #38
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Impressive build Sir.
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Old 04-19-2018, 06:12 AM   #39
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I wasn't at first but decided why not since we have the materials and it's not costing me anything. We did get the plates hinged in before we got put on hold.
You will be glad you did I think. Not that a hot fire in the box will transfer as much to that big pit as the little pits im used to, but now you can fine tune it for how you like to cook. And if your fire ever does get too hot and is making the pit heat up too much you can always dampen it down. Great build thus far.

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Old 04-19-2018, 06:40 AM   #40
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I thought you were building submarines for that little butterball kim jong in North korea...but now it's looking like a pit...good job mikey..

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Old 04-19-2018, 06:50 AM   #41
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now this is an awesome build!
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Old 04-19-2018, 07:00 AM   #42
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Very nice work. I like the size of the firebox.
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Old 04-19-2018, 02:35 PM   #43
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Man I wish I had the skills and know how to do something like this!
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Old 04-20-2018, 10:47 AM   #44
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Wow! Impressed as always with guys like you.
Great Build.
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Old 04-24-2018, 07:18 AM   #45
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Man, looks great. I hate building two of the same side by side. :-) Good work!
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Old 05-01-2018, 08:47 AM   #46
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Those things gonna hold a lot briskets and butts
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Old 05-01-2018, 10:24 AM   #47
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Freakin MASSIVE! Well done so far
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Old 05-01-2018, 11:17 AM   #48
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That would be fun to cook on
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Old 05-05-2018, 09:02 PM   #49
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Things got a bit busy around the plant but was finally able to get back to work on the pits this week.
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Old 05-05-2018, 09:04 PM   #50
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We hinged the plates from the fire box for an additional damper.
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