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I started on my next BBQ build!!

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:37 am    Post subject: I started on my next BBQ build!! Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Who buys a BBQ smoker in November? Im not really sure, but hopefully someone will, lol.

So anyway guys, here is the beginnings of my next BBQ project, that I'm really excited about. This will be my third one, and let me tell you, I really enjoy building these. There are a lot of different ways to build them, you can really get creative. And although they take a lot of time to construct, the cost of materials is relatively low. I expect to be in this one around $250-$300 when all is said and done.

Im building it out of a boiler tank. I'm not too sure how thick it is, but its a beast. I don't doubt that it weights a couple hundred pounds by itself. I bought it off of Craigslist and they seller and myself couldn't even pick it up to load it, we had to use a backhoe just to get it in my truck.

So, here in two of the build, I made it a nice heavy duty stand. I tigged some of it (Probably the biggest reason Im looking forward to Hobart is because I need help with my TIG stills), used 3/32" 7018 on most of it, and migged a few things here and there.

It was fun tho...

Anyway, here are the first two videos. The first is about the tank itself and the second is the building of the stand it sits on.

Hope everyones having a good weekend, I'll have more updates here soon Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:46 am    Post subject: Re: I started on my next BBQ build!! Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You should check that tank out and if it's not rusted, use it as an air tank or even sell it as an air tank. It was built as an air tank by a certified boiler company. I bet you could get $300 just for the tank if it's in good shape. A new one that size would be well over $600. If you hooked it to your existing air compressor you'd have a lot of reserve for just about anything, like sandblasting. You're not allowing nearly enough for your labor to build a BBQ in your price.

The castors only needed four 1/2" welds to be more than strong enough but another option would have been to just make legs and have a slide out or removable handle and move the BBQ like a wheelbarrow. Maybe you could add something like that? The big wheels are good for moving it outside but the castors will dig in the lawn and/or won't roll on a gravel driveway, especially with it being so heavy. I'm not sure why it needed a heavy base? I imagine the tank is strong enough you could have welded legs directly to it and saved a lot of work. It's good practice for you though and I'm sure the Hobart school will be a big help with your welding skills but I hope you're going to Hobart in order to have a better chance at getting a full time welding job. With the low prices you charge, you'd go broke if you had your own shop. The quality of your work is really good just a little overbuilt sometimes.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:32 pm    Post subject: Re: I started on my next BBQ build!! Reply to specific post Reply with quote

When you start welding school at Hobart, you may have to slow down a little, Doubt theys ever seen anyone weld and fit as fast as you do. lol. Your welds look damn good!!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:50 pm    Post subject: Re: I started on my next BBQ build!! Reply to specific post Reply with quote

"Drive like an old man" that obviously means not a "tear ar#e" like you young blokes.
you make it sound like a set discipline.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:59 am    Post subject: Re: I started on my next BBQ build!! Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My guess is the heavy base is so he can slide the tank off the truck right on to the base, lacking heavy lifting equipment.

You'll be able to BBQ hand grenades with this thing!
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