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Old 11-18-2012, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default Building a BBQ pit need advice on paint.

So I have been working on BBQ pit for some time now. My main chamber is 24" in diameter 3/8" wall thickness 3'3" long, and my fire box is 18" diameter, 1/2" wall thickness, and 3'2" long. With a 3" out flow. I am wondering what type of paint will work on it. I would love to paint it with the same color as smoking triggers BBQ's pit. How hot does it usually get on the outside of the with those wall thicknesses. Also what do you guys think about my fire box to main chamber dimensions?
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:32 PM   #2
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Just Google engine paint or engine enamel. Tons of colors out there.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:30 PM   #3
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^^^^^ Like Skidder said.

3/8" thick! That must weigh a ton!
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:47 PM   #4
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Almost. When it is all said, and done it will weigh around 1000lbs. With that said no meth head will steal it for scrap metal :) lol But if your are going to build a pit why not go all out, and do it right. 55gal drum did not appeal to me.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:43 PM   #5
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Isn't the fire box a little long? Just asking, but I thought there was a ratio where the fire box was about a third of the cooking chamber size.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:49 PM   #6
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Try Thermolux, http://www.stovepaint.com/ , I used it on my pit and was VERY happy with it!!
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:56 AM   #7
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Are you OK with basic black? If so Rustoleum BBQ paint from Lowes is cheap and holds up pretty well. It comes in quarts and aerosol.

I have thinned slightly with mineral spirits for rolling on a UDS. Looked great.

If you spray it thin with acetone. Mineral spirits take forever to dry.

The aerosol version is OK for touchups.

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Old 11-19-2012, 10:04 PM   #8
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We used the Rustoleum BBQ paint in quart cans and sprayed it unthinned through an old bottom feed gun. It turned out really good. You can check out Sherwin Williams 1500* paint but I was told it wasn't sold where I live due to some EPA regs.
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Can anybody recommend a type of paint that leaves a semi-gloss finish? Something that wipes clean fairly easy? My kegs need new paint bad.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:48 AM   #10
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Can anybody recommend a type of paint that leaves a semi-gloss finish? Something that wipes clean fairly easy? My kegs need new paint bad.
I picked up a can of Rustoleum "High Heat Ultra" grill paint, costs a few bucks more than the regular high heat, but it is supposed to be semi-gloss. I'll know by this weekend.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:26 AM   #11
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I havn't seen the "Ultra" but I am anxious to try it.

All of the pits below were painted with Rustoleum Specialty High Heat. It is rated for 1000 deg F and is applied without primer. It is satin black and hid imperfections well.

The "Party Pit" was sprayed with an HVLP gun thinned with acetone (My preference)

On the larger pit I thinned with mineral spirits. It took FOREVER to dry and came out duller. That's OK because the old tank had a really rough surface.

I used a roller on the UDS full strength. Actually looks as good as the sprayed ones.

I just wish they made it in colors.

Good luck with yours. SCOTTIE
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:52 PM   #12
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Looking for a better paint job than flat black. As far as my fire box being to long. I would assume that it is better to be a little big than a little small.
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Nice pics, really like that UDS. Thanks!
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