WOW, 9 months later I finally get around to working on this thing again. This time, smoker doors!
Went with some buddies to a local BBQ competition last weekend. Came away with some ideas and new-found motivation.
Brought the trailer around from the backyard and started brainstorming.
More layout, taking advice from my buddies fresh off of winning a first place trophy with their smoker.
Marked and cut out the door with the plasma cutter. Left a little more meat back by the firebox so less heat is lost when opening the door.
The future door… This thing is HEAVY.
Cut some 2.5″ wide strips and made the door overhang. Not sure what the technical term for that is… I spied some fireproof weatherstripping at the BBQ store that can be added between the overhang and tank if needed.
Mock up hinges.
Marked the cardboard out on some steel and cut out the hinges. Then drilled them for 1/2″ bolt.
Hinges ready to weld.
Finished for the day. Made and welded on a 1/2″ square stock handle and re-welded on the exhaust stack that I had to cut off to get out of the basement of the house we took it from.
That’s all until the next time I drag it out of the backyard. Next step is putting in grill grates, water pan plate, tables, storage shelf, and toolbox!