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this.  anyone want some high heat paint?  I'ma leave mine "clearcoat", I think.  fuck all that surface prep.
[mention=317]RichUT[/mention]:  you're probably gonna hate that firebox door.  it looks cool AF, but if there's one thing I'd do different on mine it'd be to make a bigger door.  or think about some kinda handheld chute you can poke in there to feed it.
I gotta rig up some outriggers to jack mine up to keep the tires off the ground for longterm storage.  

I guess anything is possible, but that design is necessary given the double wall construction. If it works as designed, it should hold heat longer and require less fussing with the wood.

We’re gonna find out soon enough.

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11 minutes ago, RichUT said:

We’re gonna find out soon enough.

Yes we will. And let me tell you something, friend - the Surly pitmasters will be watching.

Oh, yes. We'll be watching.

If football doesn't happen, all that energy is coming this way. Hell is coming.

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Interesting design on the output from the main chamber to the stack.  Is there some science behind that choice, or did you just think it looks cool?  Not judging, genuinely curious.

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It’s a take on the Franklin smokestack design. As it was explained to me, it helps increase airflow.

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It's for people who can't do a miter cut on pipe.

I keeeed l keeeed

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On 6/30/2020 at 9:43 AM, Spaulding Smails said:

I finally finished up all the landscaping on my backyard project, so now I'm shifting my focus back to the pit.  Got the frames welded up and installed this weekend.  Need to measure for doors so I can get those sent off to get cut.  Hoping to have them back in two weeks so I can install the second weekend in July. 

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Damn.  That looks great.  I have a small mountain of leftover limestone from our house build -- I need to do something like that.

Oh, who am I kidding.  I'll just keep staring at the pile and wondering how many rattlesnakes are hanging out in there.  Still, great job.

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Am I the only one who is thinking this baffle is upside down?8c4a89dda6c3deb2f6cd843644168fff.jpg

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Am I the only one who is thinking this baffle is upside down?8c4a89dda6c3deb2f6cd843644168fff.jpg

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Yes

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2 minutes ago, RichUT said:

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She’s done. We’re referring to her as Furiosa for now. I think it’s gonna stick.

 

 

How you gonna break her in this weekend?

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How you gonna break her in this weekend?

Three racks of plate ribs and a 12 pound brisket. Not fucking around.

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very nice.

you got access to a press brake, or did you buy that shelf off the shelf?  that's one of the other little projects I have on the list for mine.

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2 hours ago, RichUT said:


Three racks of plate ribs and a 12 pound brisket. Not fucking around.

Will want to see the pics!

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They surely do. Picked up three racks at the one in NW Austin
Those look fantastic. What does the Costco packaging say? I want to try these.

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Those look fantastic. What does the Costco packaging say? I want to try these.

Beef plate ribs. You gotta look at em closely. Some of them run a little leaner so just look at the meat to bone ratio. That rack in the photo was particularly good looking in that regard.

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Grabbed a boneless pork half butt -- 4.6 lb -- and I want to be done by dinnertime tomorrow (Wed 7/15).  I haven't smoked a pork butt in years.  A little googling says 90 minutes per lb at 225.  Does that sound right on a WSM?  I'm just getting my sea legs on this thing after years using an offset smoker, then the Weber Smokenator rig.

So far my experience is that I see the WSM start out low, maybe 200 F, but it eventually creeps up past 225 F to near 250 F, maybe 4 hours in, even if I'm dialing back the lower vents.  I was planning on putting it on around midnight tonight and just letting it run until my prostate wakes me up at 5 AM, but if it's really only 90 minutes per lb, I could start tomorrow morning.  Make sense?  I really don't want to put it on at 9 AM and have it finish at 9 PM.

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Grabbed a boneless pork half butt -- 4.6 lb -- and I want to be done by dinnertime tomorrow (Wed 7/15).  I haven't smoked a pork butt in years.  A little googling says 90 minutes per lb at 225.  Does that sound right on a WSM?  I'm just getting my sea legs on this thing after years using an offset smoker, then the Weber Smokenator rig.
So far my experience is that I see the WSM start out low, maybe 200 F, but it eventually creeps up past 225 F to near 250 F, maybe 4 hours in, even if I'm dialing back the lower vents.  I was planning on putting it on around midnight tonight and just letting it run until my prostate wakes me up at 5 AM, but if it's really only 90 minutes per lb, I could start tomorrow morning.  Make sense?  I really don't want to put it on at 9 AM and have it finish at 9 PM.
You'll be good starting it at 9am tomorrow.

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Mostly finished up the pit this weekend with some help from a few buddies.  I had the doors cut by my fab guy.  I screwed up on the fire box door dimensions, so had to get those re-cut at the last minute.  Everything went pretty smoothly, but we ran into a few issues along the way.  I'd do about a dozen things differently if I did it over again, but all-in-all, I'm super stoked.  Broke it in with some chicken and sausage Saturday night, then a pork butt and a whole turkey breast yesterday.  Takes a while to get up to temp, but holds heat really well.  I do have some smoke leakage and some of the exterior stonework has already cracked despite the fire brick liner.  I need to go back and patch some areas with refractory mortar.  Biggest issue is the counterweight for the larger door isn't heavy enough.  I'm going to have to add a second weight.  

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5 minutes ago, Spaulding Smails said:

Mostly finished up the pit this weekend with some help from a few buddies.  I had the doors cut by my fab guy.  I screwed up on the fire box door dimensions, so had to get those re-cut at the last minute.  Everything went pretty smoothly, but we ran into a few issues along the way.  I'd do about a dozen things differently if I did it over again, but all-in-all, I'm super stoked.  Broke it in with some chicken and sausage Saturday night, then a pork butt and a whole turkey breast yesterday.  Takes a while to get up to temp, but holds heat really well.  I do have some smoke leakage and some of the exterior stonework has already cracked despite the fire brick liner.  I need to go back and patch some areas with refractory mortar.  Biggest issue is the counterweight for the larger door isn't heavy enough.  I'm going to have to add a second weight.  

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Why do I imagine that when you look at pictures of other people’s smokers you think to yourself “You call that a smoker? Now this is a smoker!”

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31 minutes ago, hornian said:

Why do I imagine that when you look at pictures of other people’s smokers you think to yourself “You call that a smoker? Now this is a smoker!”

Ha!  It is total overkill, but it was a fun project.  I had a 12 lb pork butt and a big turkey breast and some sausage and it just looked puny.  May need to start just cooking more and freezing it.

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25 minutes ago, Steel Shank said:

Check out this Jayhawk dumbass at 4:35. Youtube pro, I tell you!!

 

Why is his smokestack on the same end as the firebox?

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17 minutes ago, Incredulity said:

Reverse flow

 

 

What is the benefit of that design as opposed to the traditional position?

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Are reverse flow smokers designed to be sprayed down with water? Ideally while hot?

I.E. "How to warp your metal with 1 weird trick".  Reverse, normal... whatever, this is a bad move all the way around.

Who the fuck told him that's how to break in a smoker (much less "do this every time after you smoke")?  My simple 2 step is to shut off the intake, shut off the exhaust stack & the next time I'm ready to work with Earl, I hope I have some decent sized chunks left in the firebox & can restart with these pieces.

 

 

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Are reverse flow smokers designed to be sprayed down with water? Ideally while hot?
You did see what college he went to, right?

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That stack appears to be a bit low.  Also, kinda wasted space on the far L end of the tank.

I mean, good on ya that you have a trailer rig & it's probable that you get some good work off of it, but...

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7 minutes ago, ROFL BOX said:

That stack appears to be a bit low.  Also, kinda wasted space on the far L end of the tank.

I mean, good on ya that you have a trailer rig & it's probable that you get some good work off of it, but...

I’ll be sure and reach out before the next build!

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