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Old 01-16-2020, 11:55 AM   #1
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Default Oklahoma Joe Offset Smoker wheels....

Hey y'all,
Right now, My OK Joe's Smoker has Metal wheels and it's a PAIN to move it, specially on grass and un-even surfaces.

Has anyone welded or attached real wheels with Rubber tires (Not for pulling behind a truck) to their smoker to make it easier to move around by hand?

I need some ideas on what to build/weld (weld / bolt to the existing or build a small platform) to then attach tires to.... any pictures, links or descriptions would be appreciated.

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Old 01-16-2020, 12:09 PM   #2
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This is what I have...



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Old 01-16-2020, 12:42 PM   #3
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I had a similar sized pit built years ago and I used rubber wheels for a dolly. They work great and still function to this date.
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Old 01-16-2020, 12:52 PM   #4
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I had a similar sized pit built years ago and I used rubber wheels for a dolly. They work great and still function to this date.
I see!
you just took the wheel pins off and switched with dolly rubber wheels? I wonder if the rods on the smoker are long enough!!!

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Old 01-16-2020, 12:53 PM   #5
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Grab a couple hard 10” rubber tires at harbor freight. They are decent and last a good while. I believe they have a 5/8 arbor.
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Old 01-16-2020, 01:13 PM   #6
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Grab a couple hard 10” rubber tires at harbor freight. They are decent and last a good while. I believe they have a 5/8 arbor.
Any certain weight limit wheels?

If the rod is not long enough or too thick for HF wheels, do you think welding an extension will carry the weight?
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Old 01-16-2020, 02:12 PM   #7
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Any certain weight limit wheels?

If the rod is not long enough or too thick for HF wheels, do you think welding an extension will carry the weight?
That is why I chose the dolly wheels because they were rated for heavy weight. Just check your arbor size on your current wheels and choose a new wheel that is the same sized arbor. The widths are real close and they should work with your current rod.
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Old 01-16-2020, 02:16 PM   #8
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Look into riding lawnmower wheels. The wider tire will give you more surface area helping you move it around easier.
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Old 01-16-2020, 02:21 PM   #9
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A few things I have learned:
1) don't get the inflatable tires, they will go flat on you
2) be careful on the heat you are making in the firebox, and be careful not to melt your wheels

Just my 2 cents
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Old 01-16-2020, 02:30 PM   #10
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A few things I have learned:
1) don't get the inflatable tires, they will go flat on you
2) be careful on the heat you are making in the firebox, and be careful not to melt your wheels

Just my 2 cents
Yes, I agree,
1. I was planning on getting flat free tires.
2. I don't think the heat will affect the tires if I get 8 inch tires (I think that's the size wheels it has now) I'll double check.
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Old 01-16-2020, 02:35 PM   #11
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You better make sure the flat free tires are within the weight limits because I have seen them flatspot sitting in place with a lot of wait on them. Then they are just clunky wagon wheels. I went with steel on my custom build after reading about the issues with inflatable and flat free tires with big weight ..
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Old 01-16-2020, 02:41 PM   #12
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You better make sure the flat free tires are within the weight limits because I have seen them flatspot sitting in place with a lot of wait on them. Then they are just clunky wagon wheels. I went with steel on my custom build after reading about the issues with inflatable and flat free tires with big weight ..
Didn't think about that... I'll try to find some high weight flat free tires.
So, how are your steel wheels different or better than what I have? is your smoker easy to move by hand?
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Old 01-16-2020, 02:57 PM   #13
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Yes, I agree,
1. I was planning on getting flat free tires.
2. I don't think the heat will affect the tires if I get 8 inch tires (I think that's the size wheels it has now) I'll double check.
Donít get rubber tires they will catch on fire
I would take a picture of how I know but it raining here
Repeat do not put rubber or plastic tires or wheels on your smoker
Repeat fire and rubber or plastic donít mix

Remember they put steel wheels on for a reason!!
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Old 01-16-2020, 03:07 PM   #14
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I see the prolim, you have a whole cord of wood ridin on dat thing. It'll be much easier to move without dat on der. When you need wood, just send your old lady to fetch more. Works for me
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Old 01-16-2020, 03:17 PM   #15
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You better make sure the flat free tires are within the weight limits because I have seen them flatspot sitting in place with a lot of wait on them. Then they are just clunky wagon wheels. I went with steel on my custom build after reading about the issues with inflatable and flat free tires with big weight ..


Yours isnít that heavy btw.
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Old 01-16-2020, 03:30 PM   #16
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I see the prolim, you have a whole cord of wood ridin on dat thing. It'll be much easier to move without dat on der. When you need wood, just send your old lady to fetch more. Works for me



that's not my smoker, that's just what I have, I got this pic from the internet.
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Old 01-16-2020, 03:52 PM   #17
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If it's anything like the tires on my dolly or wheelbarrow they will be flat every time you want to move it. How can I drive my truck 50,000 over who knows what and never get a flat but leave a new wheelbarrow in the shop never use it and it still goes flat???
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Old 01-16-2020, 03:55 PM   #18
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Smokers like that are meant to be cooked on...not moved. Put that SOB where you want it and leave it there.
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:05 PM   #19
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I had the same model but added a 4' vertical smoker to the other end... talk about heavy!
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:03 PM   #20
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I have one just like it. It is a heavy bear to move. The axles are 1/2 inch and there is about 2 1/2 inches of axle to work with on each side. I don't know the answer either.
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:19 PM   #21
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Smokers like that are meant to be cooked on...not moved. Put that SOB where you want it and leave it there.
That is what I am thinking. Figure out where you want in and get some pavers and make a pad and then get some buddies over to help get it where it needs to be.

Otherwise rig up a hitch and drag it with the lawnmower or ATV/UTV as needed
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:21 PM   #22
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That is what I am thinking. Figure out where you want in and get some pavers and make a pad and then get some buddies over to help get it where it needs to be.



Otherwise rig up a hitch and drag it with the lawnmower or ATV/UTV as needed


Yup... and if the wind direction is not right, bring in the windmaker on an extension cord. ... aka fan. At 800+ lbs mine sits where it is. And if it settles, out comes the floor jack and a 1x4 to level it

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