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    Bringing the old beast back to life!!

    I had a friend call me that someone from the bank called him about removing a smoker from a meat locker about 15 monthes ago. He was wondering if I was interested in it... Of course I was and I bought it for 200$. It turned out to be a 750 lb ( just a guess) vortron smokehouse and smoke generator. It is kind of a basketcase but I am going to rebuild it. I know it may seem like a waste of time but a new smokehouse this size costs about 80k . So here we go . These pictures are from when I brought it home and tucked it in the corner of the garage. Click image for larger version

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ID:	993541 just for reference it stands 9 feet tall and I am 6 feet tall and can stand up in it easily.

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    Today I got it laid down to rebuild the bottom . The steel frame is all rotted off so cut and clean up some with the grinder. Off to the steel dealer of tubing tomorrow!! Click image for larger version

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      #3
      Sweet. Looking forward to watching the progress.

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        #4
        Just $200 for what originally cost $80K. Amazing. Sure it will take a lot of hours to make it right, but still a steal. Keep us posted!!

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          I am not sure what it cost new as it has some years on it but to buy a new one that size today is around 80k.. out of my budget but I couldn't go wrong at 200 for this smoker.

        #5
        Yes, keep us posted. Very interesting.

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          #6
          Following this journey...

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            #7
            What does it look like inside?

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            • Backroadmeats
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              I will get some pics when I stand it up

            #8
            Good indoor project for Minnesota in February. Nice score. You can put a lot of material and labor into the project and still come out way ahead.

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            • Backroadmeats
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              That is for sure and it has warmed up some so it doesn't cost a fortune to heat the garage up. I am hoping to be under 5k in when all is said and done?? We will see😃😃

            #9
            I love this sort of stuff, spit and elbow grease to bring something back to life, please keep us updated on your progress

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              #10
              So cool Backroads! Like to see the inside also. Pics man, lots of pics.

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              • Backroadmeats
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                I will get some when I stand it up. I am planning on getting steel tonight so hopefully it will be upright Soon!!

              #11
              Worthy project fer sure !!!!!
              Look forward to see the final restoration,,,,
              I bet it will be better than new

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                #12
                Are you going to keep it or sell it?

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                • Backroadmeats
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                  Probably keep it. I am looking at adding on to the locker this fall and the added smoker capacity would be nice.

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                  #14
                  Awesome. Following this for sure. Anyone else thinking of Al Capone and Geraldo?

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