New Braunfels Smoker Restoration

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New Braunfels Smoker Restoration

Postby SteamValve88 » Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:48 pm

I recently picked up this old pit off CL because I wanted a nice heavy duty smoker in my arsenal. I didn't realize how heavy it would actually be. I had to sell my old Char Griller to fund and make room for this little project. It took me a while to find one of these in my area so I'm really excited. :D
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I went through 3 wire wheel disks cleaning this thing up. I couldn't remove all the pitting but oh well. The chimney needed some welding to seal up tight. The toughest part was the firebox which had a rusted out floor that needed to be cut out and replaced with new sheet metal. All the nuts, bolts, and washers were replaced. I swapped out the old wood slats with new red oak and stained them with Minwax Colonial Maple. Then I added a couple of coats of varnish.
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I constructed a simple charcoal basket and added a second cooking rack just in case I ever need that much cooking space. I coated the entire inside with veggie oil and painted the outside. I still need to add the baffle and tuning plates. I have yet to cook on it, but while I was seasoning, the temp stayed right at 250 no problem. Seems to work nicely.
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Re: New Braunfels Smoker Restoration

Postby Boots » Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:11 pm

Nice job, and yer all-in cost compared to a new pit is ? Cha Ching!
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Re: New Braunfels Smoker Restoration

Postby bsooner75 » Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:16 pm

Shining like a new penny . That'll cook for a while. Nice Work!


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Re: New Braunfels Smoker Restoration

Postby ChileFarmer » Wed Nov 19, 2014 6:54 pm

Looking pretty, nice job for sure. I like it. CF :D
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Postby egghead » Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:08 pm

Looks better than new - excellent work
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Re: New Braunfels Smoker Restoration

Postby CaptJack » Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:43 pm

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Re: New Braunfels Smoker Restoration

Postby SteamValve88 » Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:29 pm

Boots wrote:Nice job, and yer all-in cost compared to a new pit is ? Cha Ching!

All told, it cost me about $150. Plus I definitely owe my brother some good beers for all his help welding. :drunk:
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Re: New Braunfels Smoker Restoration

Postby SteamValve88 » Sun Nov 30, 2014 6:42 pm

A smokey debut. A brined spatchcocked chicken and two small racks of ribs. A combination of mesquite charcoal and cherry wood chunks imparted a heavenly flavor to the meat and wafted glorious aromatic clouds of smoke into the sky.
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Re: New Braunfels Smoker Restoration

Postby Wreckless » Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:06 am

Nice Resto job!
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Postby D.D. » Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:19 am

Great job!!!
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Re: New Braunfels Smoker Restoration

Postby CaptJack » Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:16 am

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Postby RWBTEX » Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:45 pm

Very nice work sir
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Re: New Braunfels Smoker Restoration

Postby Raider18 » Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:53 pm

I've been offered this one for $65 wanna come over to assist?

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Re: New Braunfels Smoker Restoration

Postby Boots » Thu Jan 08, 2015 5:51 pm

I'm thinkin' you should go $25 if they throw in the umbrella for free. I'd guess the paint alone at about $50 for the 2000 degree stuff.
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Re: New Braunfels Smoker Restoration

Postby cowboydon » Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:36 pm

You did a great job restoring that pit !!
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