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Old 12-06-2018, 09:49 AM   #1
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Default I just can't help myself...another pit build

A buddy of mine had intended to use this pipe section for a pit build but after 2 1/2 years of sitting he finally just gave it to me

Fast forward about a month and here she is, all ready for paint and first seasoning. Sometimes I just can't help myself...I love doing these pit builds

Here's the raw pipe section I inherited. 20" diameter, 56" long, 1/4" wall. Main smoke chamber will be 20"x36" and firebox will be 20"x20" square. I used Feldon's online calculator to (over)size everything:

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Got the single door, firebox & firebox door all marked off

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Time to start making a mess!

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Quick trip to the steel supply place for all my flat plate, angle, flat bar, etc. Got my rounds cut

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Putting that engineering degree to work! Feldon's calculator said I needed a 50 sq inch opening between chamber & firebox.

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Doors skirted

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Chimney was an old piece of 6" pipe I had laying around and did the job nicely. Got it mounted and the doors are set ready for hinges.

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Built the stand b/c I got tired of working on the ground

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Pit mounted on the stand!

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Just another weekend in the man cave. It isn't huge but it's enough space for me to work Got most of the shelving & cooking grates done at this point.

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Firebox door, draft door & handle mounted. I was particularly proud of how the handle turned out...just kind of made it up on the fly.

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Opens & closes like a dream

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Handles, hinges, temp gauge, chimney flu and wheels put on. All the handles were cheap $5 chipping hammers I bought at the metal supply place...I just cut the heads off and they make great BBQ pit handles...already welded & painted

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BAM! Ready for paint & first seasoning. I still need to make a cooking grate for the firebox but that will come later.

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All-in-all I have about $350 into this pit in materials. I've seen similar pits go for $1500-$2k. Not too shabby considering I spent mostly evenings and 1 weekend working on it.

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Old 12-06-2018, 09:51 AM   #2
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Very nice!!!
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:57 AM   #3
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Fine, fine work, sir. I am jealous.

How much does she weigh? That is a professional pit, in my eyes.
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:59 AM   #4
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Looks really good.
Wish I had your metal skills
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:01 AM   #5
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Now THERE's something I wish I could build!! Very nice!!
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:01 AM   #6
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Fine, fine work, sir. I am jealous.

How much does she weigh? That is a professional pit, in my eyes.
Thanks! She's in the neighborhood of 350-400 lbs. The pipe section alone was 250 lbs and then add the steel plate, shelve, frame, etc. Took me and another guy to hoist her up onto the stand.
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:02 AM   #7
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Looks really good.
Wish I had your metal skills
Just YouTube & a lot of practice. I really helped myself when I bought a proper Mig machine...it makes my average skill look much better than it is
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:03 AM   #8
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very nice!
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:03 AM   #9
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nice pit!
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:07 AM   #10
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****it, man! Love it. Thanks for taking the time to post
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:28 AM   #11
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What size angle iron around the expanded metal for the shelves and what are the metal straps under the doors for?

I like the double rack for smaller items on top. Very good job!
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:35 AM   #12
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What size angle iron around the expanded metal for the shelves and what are the metal straps under the doors for?

I like the double rack for smaller items on top. Very good job!
Angle iron is 1" x 1/8" thick. Square tube was 1" square x 3/16" thick (I wanted it more structural). I forget the nomenclature for the expanded metal (#8 comes to mind?) but I just ask for sheets of it for BBQ pits and they know what I'm talking about. They were out of small 1/4" thick flat plate so I settled on 3/16"...shouldn't matter considering they're just end caps...this thing will never rust out

The flat straps on the back of the doors are to keep them from springing when I part them off. I cut the doors out except the 4 corners and then I weld straps onto the back of them and when I finish parting them off they stay their same shape. Sometimes pipe can have residual stresses in them and when you part sections off they'll warp on you if you don't do this.

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Old 12-07-2018, 09:17 AM   #13
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Nice work. The expanded metal is 3/4 #9 flat.

Those hinges are gonna bind up on you over time though. Pit hinges need some wiggle room for rust to buildup. That is why so many use 1/2" rod, & pipe.
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:49 AM   #14
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Great job, that's awesome.
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:54 AM   #15
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Nice work. The expanded metal is 3/4 #9 flat.

Those hinges are gonna bind up on you over time though. Pit hinges need some wiggle room for rust to buildup. That is why so many use 1/2" rod, & pipe.
Yeah I didn't think about that on this build. I guess I'll just periodically try to keep em oiled. They have a little grease in them now. I used bullet hinges for the firebox door and they have a fitting to grease them but that was after I put the other door hinges on. Thanks for the info on the expanded metal

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Old 12-08-2018, 09:51 PM   #16
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Nice work! I wish I had your metal working skills.
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Old 12-08-2018, 10:07 PM   #17
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Nice work!!!
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Old 12-08-2018, 10:10 PM   #18
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Where did you get those wheels?
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Old 12-08-2018, 10:16 PM   #19
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**** nice! Great looking pit...
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Old 12-08-2018, 10:23 PM   #20
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Wow. Impressed. From a piece of a pipe to that…

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Old 12-08-2018, 10:26 PM   #21
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Nice
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Old 12-08-2018, 11:10 PM   #22
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Very nice, that is a very well built pit. Awesome to see a project like that from start to finish. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-08-2018, 11:24 PM   #23
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Looks like you did a great job building your new pit 👍👍
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Old 12-09-2018, 07:52 AM   #24
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Where did you get those wheels?
https://bbqsmokersupply.com/carriage...-bbq-pits.html

I used a long 1/2" bolt on each leg with a shoulder long enough for the wheel to ride on. You could do a single rod all the way through but I was trying to use up a lot of scraps in my garage and those are what I had.

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Old 12-09-2018, 08:03 AM   #25
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Turned out great !
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Old 12-09-2018, 08:26 AM   #26
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fin. Firing it up this afternoon for its first season

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Old 12-09-2018, 09:20 AM   #27
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:00 AM   #28
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you forgot to paint the 2x4!

JK....looks great man.

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Old 12-09-2018, 10:06 AM   #29
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Well done!! That looks professional!!!
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Old 12-09-2018, 03:37 PM   #30
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Art!


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Old 12-09-2018, 05:18 PM   #31
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Nice pit.
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Old 12-09-2018, 05:22 PM   #32
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Very nice!!! looks like the one i keep dreaming about! LOL
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:24 PM   #33
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Drafts awesome and doors seal nicely.

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Old 12-09-2018, 06:30 PM   #34
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Beauty!
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:34 PM   #35
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Very nice, mad skills
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Old 12-09-2018, 08:17 PM   #36
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Man if engineering work ever dries up your good on your next career. Awesome job.
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Old 12-09-2018, 08:29 PM   #37
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Very nice!
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:11 PM   #38
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Very nice work and Pitt!
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:30 AM   #39
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you forgot to paint the 2x4!

JK....looks great man.

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For those interested, the shorter legs on the left were not an accident Cutting them ~ 1 1/2" shorter meant I didn't have to lift that bad boy as high to wheel it around and it gave me lots of wiggle room to level it so the grease drains through the drain hole (My dogs' favorite part...they're my cleanup crew under the pit lol). As it turns out, the 2x4 was a perfect shim

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Old 12-15-2018, 12:30 PM   #40
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Nice Work and lools great!
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Old 12-15-2018, 04:50 PM   #41
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Nice work! Who did the paint?
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Old 12-17-2018, 01:47 PM   #42
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Nice work! Who did the paint?
I did. Blacksmith brand high temp black BBQ paint.
https://www.tsdistributors.com/store...nt-Enamel.aspx
Wire wheeled the entire pit to remove surface rust and wiped down with mineral spirits prior to painting. Rolled it on the large sections and brushed on the rest. 2 coats. I have used this paint on 2 other pits and none of them have blistered, peeled or discolored even after a few years of use. This stuff is super thin but I've never seen anything cover so well...you'll need a respirator (even outdoors) b/c it has a crazy amount of VOCs.

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Old 12-19-2018, 11:23 PM   #43
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What did you use to cut the pipe, lids and firebox door?
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:59 AM   #44
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Great build!
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Old 12-25-2018, 08:43 AM   #45
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Old 12-25-2018, 07:25 PM   #46
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What did you use to cut the pipe, lids and firebox door?
Angle grinder with cutoff wheels. The pipe end caps were torch cut but everything else I do with an angle grinder

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Old 12-26-2018, 11:14 PM   #47
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Nice pit! I have built several pits and use the same bullet hinges and after years I still haven’t had one freeze up on me.
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Old 12-26-2018, 11:55 PM   #48
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Now that’s skill!


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Old 12-27-2018, 10:50 AM   #49
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Dang neat job. Stainless cooking grates. Just sayin. Easy peese clean up and no rust. Good job!
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Just YouTube & a lot of practice. I really helped myself when I bought a proper Mig machine...it makes my average skill look much better than it is

What mig machine are you using?
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