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My very first smoker. A blast from the past.

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  • Cheef
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    Loaded Rip Van Winkle up this morning and fired it up.
    The wood box door and adjuster is still stuck and I'm continuing to GIBBS it and work it loose. I just loaded it from the top.
    Good news is It has been holding a steady 250 all day with a few extra loads of wood added. I found a local BBQ store here who carries 1/4 splits that fit the mini fire box perfectly.
    Might be time for some chicken to go in tomorrow.

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  • Mr. Bones
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    How very cool, never seen me no OKJ in such a diminutive size....Super Interestin.

    Kinda a TwigBurner, more or less...

  • Cheef
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    I just found an old thread on BBQ Brothers forum from 2012.
    A member on there had found a used tailgater and dug up some info from Oklahoma Joe.
    They made them from 1988 to 1992.
    Then made a decision to begin making them out of lighter weight material to allow more economical shipping to big box stores.

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  • Greygoose
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    “Pretty remarkable shape for its age and the neglect it went through“
    This is what my kids say about me !!!!!!
    Looks like a fun cooker project coming back to life

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  • Cheef
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    Got the hinges squirted down with GIBBS, and loosened up really well. I will let them soak tonight and they should be good. I plan to go over the whole outside with Gibbs tomorrow before firing it up and bake it on. For those unfamiliar with GIBBS? Toss away the old standby WD-40 and try it out. Bonus? GIBBS is an all in one gun cleaner also and the only product in my gun cabinet. The gunsmiths at Nighthawk Customs recommended it to me a few years ago when I bought a Custom GRP.

    More good news on Rip Van Winkle? Original thermometer still working, and spot on with a check against a thermopop.

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  • Cheef
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    My biggest complaint with it when I used it was the 26" height. I had always planned to build it some kind of table to set on. Might have to see how I end up liking it and putting that idea back in the works.

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  • Cheef
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    Well? If is is lead I'm NOT scared as long as it is on the outside. I figure just oil it up and do a burn in cook and no worries. Inside isn't painted and I will have to wire brush it out and oil it down also.

  • Cheef
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    HawkerXP I believe you have just christened him. Thanks.

  • HawkerXP
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    Its called Lead.

  • Cheef
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    The wooden handle is rotted off the fire box, and the handle on the cook chamber is on its way out. I can easily replace them though.
    Trying to decide whether to remain it or just grease it up and burn it on. They must have had a secret formula for paint. The only rust on it is where it chipped off, and the expanded metal on the bottom shel under the cook chamber.

  • Cheef
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    I just took some measurements off of it. It was advertised as a Tail Gater. Small for a stick burner I believe?
    26" tall from foot pads to top of cook chamber
    Cook chamber 12 1/2"OD and 24" long
    Fire box 12 1/2" OD and 12" long
    Stack is 2 1/2" OD and 21" tall
    Kind of a mini smoker/stick burner.
    I'm kind of looking forward to firing it back up and seeing how it will perform if I get it tuned in.
    Last edited by Cheef; October 4, 2020, 10:18 AM.

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  • HawkerXP
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    Wow looks in great shape after sitting under a tree for 20 years. You better name this one "Rip Van Winkle"

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  • cgrover60
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    Great plan Cheef. Fire that dude up and enjoy.

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  • Uncle Bob
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    Yep, they still put the S/N on a metal tag on each unit.

  • smokin fool
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    That's like finding a $100 bill in a pair of jeans you haven't fit into for years.
    Should be good to go after some clean up and a good burn to clean out the spiders.
    Probably been some improvements over the years but a stick burner is a stick burner.

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