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Re: building my pit

Postby k.a.m. » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:52 pm

The floor plan sounds great. Do you plan on changing the axle to a 3500 lb. ?
That cooker is gonna make that little boat trailer squeal when you set her down.
Always remember slow and steady wins the race.

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Re: building my pit

Postby jellyworker » Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:38 am

hadn't planned on exchanging the axle. from my calculations i'm thinking the pit will be right around 900lbs.

i'll look into getting another axle.

just found out the tires on this trailer are corroded so bad, the new tires won't go on. so now i'm off to hunt down some new rims.
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Re: building my pit

Postby k.a.m. » Sun Aug 09, 2015 2:13 pm

jellyworker wrote:hadn't planned on exchanging the axle. from my calculations i'm thinking the pit will be right around 900lbs.

i'll look into getting another axle.

just found out the tires on this trailer are corroded so bad, the new tires won't go on. so now i'm off to hunt down some new rims.

That appears to be a 2000 lb. axle under the trailer maybe less. That is the weight rating of the axle evenly distributed. You are fixing to drop half that rating on one side and hope the springs and spindle can handle it going down the hwy. Just some food for thought. ;) :D
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Re: building my pit

Postby jellyworker » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:49 pm

dang. i've given that 0 thought.

thanks, i'll be sure everything is on the up and up before i hit the highway with it because i'd hate to break down on the way to my first contest. :)
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Re: building my pit

Postby jellyworker » Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:07 pm

been a busy month. heres what we did this weekend. only thing remaining is adding the grate along w/ some handles.

anyone know a good place to get handles?
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Re: building my pit

Postby jellyworker » Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:08 pm

got the smoke stack and firebox door put on.
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Re: building my pit

Postby jellyworker » Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:09 pm

getting the doors on.

should be done by next weekend. fingers crossed.
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Re: building my pit

Postby Ahumadora » Sun Aug 30, 2015 5:40 pm

Jelly worker.
Just cut some 1 1/2" x 14 flat bar on a 45* angle and weld it on edge to the door then hunt down a nice piece of hardwood for the handle like this https://goo.gl/vUAvgr

Make sure you are using a respirator if grinding or welding on that nasty old paint, it will take a toll on your lungs.
Not long to go till you get a fire in her!
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Re: building my pit

Postby jellyworker » Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:34 pm

Ahumadora,

thanks. i've found some steel handles for cheap here http://www.bbqsmokersupply.com/index.ph ... cts_id=115

but it doesn't look like it comes w/ the rod to attach to the pit.

do you think that flat bar will be easier? i make look into that. thats a very nice piece of word on that pic. is that yours?

respirator? now you tell me. lol.
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Re: building my pit

Postby k.a.m. » Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:20 am

I use 1/4" x 2" flat bar and shape it to the design I want. Then drill 1/2" holes in the end for the rod using the springs like you posted.
These are on a 24" cooker.
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Re: building my pit

Postby jellyworker » Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:20 pm

thanks cam. just left the steel supply. got the 1/4" x 2" flat bar and a 3/4" circle bar. 10' of each was cheaper than what one spring handle including assembly.

now, i just need to come up with the bar shape.
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Re: building my pit

Postby jellyworker » Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:29 pm

well, i got to do a lot more work this weekend. so much work that we were able to cook on it. there are a few small things i want to add like a floor for the trailer, a hinge for the firebox to close and stay tight, and a few other things, but here she is. my soon to be wife already calls her my mistress. lol.
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Re: building my pit

Postby jellyworker » Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:30 pm

it took forever to get this sexy beast on the trailer but we did it.
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Re: building my pit

Postby jellyworker » Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:31 pm

here she is.

decided to make the attached the handles w/ circle bar. didn't use the flat bar at all. will save that for something else.
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Re: building my pit

Postby jellyworker » Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:32 pm

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