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Mini Offset Smoker

10-29-2010, 09:34 AM
Below is what my project started off as. I wanted a smaller smoker to do ribs and chicken. My Mom's air compressor gave up and will now turn into a smoker. I think I'll name this one "Hot Air" (air compressor,,,,hot air) Oh well.


I pulled the compressor off and got it down to the bare tank. It has bung holes for fittings on the top and bottom of the tank. The bottom bungs will come in handy for a grease drain and cleaning.
I cut the top bung out. I'm thinking about using it in the bottom of the firebox. Also cut off some brackets marked with arrows. Started cutting out the door. The 205i Plasma made short work of this.


I got the door cut out and started adding the door seal strip. I'm trying to get used to these new welders so don't laugh at the glob-by welds.


Got the door seal tacked on. Boy this thing is trying to escape or roll off my saw horses every chance it gets. Time to get some legs on this beast.


I decided to patch the bung hole in the door. Easier said than done.


Ok, I've tamed the beast..........Hot Air is up on four legs. Lots easier to work on now. I found this metal at Lowe's in the electrical conduit section. It was $17 for a 10' section. Cheaper than my metal store wanted for 1" by 3" tubing in 8' sections. The arc function on my 205i is the best. I love the way you can dial in the amperage.


I looked at the parts I had left over and decided to use the wheels. They might not stay there, but for now it helps me move Hot Air around. Oh, the tow handle for the old compressor still fits.


I'm not real proud of these hinges, but they're on and they work. I'll do some grinding on them and see if I can get them to look a bit better.


Gettin ready to get at it again. Going to work on the firebox today. My 205i will get a work out today. One thing I learned, Lincoln Welding Rod is far better than Harbor Freight. So much better............More to come.:D

10-29-2010, 09:49 AM
That's the perfect size I would need.I'll be on the look out for a small compressor.Thanks for the pics.

10-30-2010, 01:55 AM
nice work thanks for sharing

10-30-2010, 07:26 AM
Very nice Bruce.

10-30-2010, 07:58 AM
Thanks guys, I was able to cut out and weld together my firebox yesterday. 14" X 14". My 205i performed flawlessly. I ran the plasma cutter until the automatic shutdown stopped me. I like having this protection so the machine does not get damaged. I just took a break, had another "juice box" and then finished my cuts. Going to work on it a bit today, but there is a big college football game I want to watch.


10-30-2010, 08:46 AM
Looking good. Thanks for sharing!!