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Trucky's Smoker/Grill Combo Build

Discussion in 'Food Talk' started by TruckyTruck, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. Feb 21, 2016 at 11:47 AM
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    TruckyTruck

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    My in-laws have an old aluminum grill that has seen its better days. I decided I would build them something that would last them the rest of thier lives and would cook anything they wanted.

    My father in-law had mentioned he wished he had something that he could use as a smoker or just use as a charcoal grill. So I've set out to build him one.

    I looked for a propane tank big enough for what I wanted, but couldn't find one that was inexpensive. So... I had some 3/16 and 11 guage plate laying out in the shop.

    Let me say, I have never made a smoker or grill, so this little design I've been working on is all new for me. I just know I wanted to make something big enough to cook for the whole family and that would last.

    My cook chamber dimensions are 20" H x 20" W x 36" L

    The firebox will be insulated and I'm in debate on making it a reverse flow or an offset smoker.

    I'll also make a charcoal rack for the cook chamber that can be removed when they decide to use it as a smoker.

    My eyes feel like they might crack out of my head from all the reading I've done with how these things work.

    I've tacked everything together so it won't warp when I weld the box. The lid, except for a piece on each side is 11 gauge to cut down on weight and the rest of the box is 3/16.

    If anyone has ideas or suggestions, I'm open to them!

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  2. Feb 21, 2016 at 5:05 PM
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    TruckLife900

    TruckLife900 All Eyez On Me

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    My 2 cents. :D

    Make sure you have a legit set-up to control temps, however you decide to control airflow. Good temp gage, solid handles, good hinges, maybe these things are obvious... just trying to help out.

    It looks like this may be heavy so make sure you can transport it without a major PIA. mmmm Pork...

    I like my butts with thick bark.

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  3. Feb 21, 2016 at 5:36 PM
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    I wouldn't turn down any advice! I appreciate it. That pork looks so good
     
  4. Feb 21, 2016 at 5:38 PM
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    I got the main body welded this weekend. Next weekend, the hood and firebox.
     
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  5. Feb 22, 2016 at 5:28 PM
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    Looks good, looks like mig, 75/25?
     
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  6. Feb 22, 2016 at 5:47 PM
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    Yes sir. I just enjoy making things
     
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  7. Mar 28, 2016 at 10:14 AM
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    @TruckyTruck I moved this build into our new Food Talk section, if that's ok with you?

    Great work btw!
     
  8. Mar 28, 2016 at 3:23 PM
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    Thanks!
     
  9. Mar 28, 2016 at 4:12 PM
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    Wow,

    Great job!
     
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