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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I see a small patio in my future...

This horizontal wood burner is sooooo heavy. It takes more than me and my will power to move it! :)

The last time I used it, I placed a rock under a skillet to keep it level.
I tried to level the smoker today.

By using the handle, I am able to pick up the cooker an inch or two off the ground and swivel it left or right a few inches at a time. There is no way I can pull it forward without hooking up a chain to the bumper of the pickup and dragging it. (no room to get the pickup in the right location to pull it this time)



Unfortunately by swiveling the monster, it just sinks deeper into the ground....



out came the jack...





as I jacked the frankencooker up and attempted to move the thing forward...



Help arrived! They pulled the thing forward and placed rocks underneath the wheels to keep it from sinking again. (I hope).

A simple cement slab for it to sit on would come in handy... sounds like a new project in my future. :)



It works a lot better now!

10 comments:

LindaG said...

Haha. Sorry. Was just funny. My hubby has a jack that he uses whenever things are off just a bit, like the trailer the other day when he was trying to load something on it.

I would think a patio for something that big is a great idea for sure!
Have a great day, Cowgirl. :-)

Steve said...

A covered patio would also let you cook in any weather. Ours was just finished last month (I'll have pictures soon on a forum - I'll send you a link.)
Now I can cook year round on my Memphis Pro - snow or rain.
-Steve

Old Smoke said...

I am soooooooo glad that "Murphy's Law" also has branch office in "your town, OK. I thought it was only franchised in CA.....lol
Enjoy the weekend.

Rich said...

Build the patio. You won't regret it. That woodburner will probably out last the patio.

cowgirl said...

lol Linda...it was a nightmare. :)
I think I struggled with it for an hour.
Those jacks come in real handy!
Thanks Linda, hope your week is going well!

cowgirl said...

Thanks Steve! I'd love to see pics of your patio.. I need ideas too.
I have a patio behind my house for the other cookers but this big monster won't fit there.
Thanks for stopping by! :)

cowgirl said...

Rich Thanks! :) I bet you're right about the cooker outlasting the patio!
I need to come up with some ideas now to see how thick the cement needs to be to support this thing.
Hope you have a great weekend...Thanks Rich! :)

cowgirl said...

lol Rick!!! Thanks for the laugh!

Mrs. JP said...

Yep, you need a porch. Since you're putting down the cement you might as well cover it for shade. :)

cowgirl said...

Great idea Mrs JP! I think a shade over it would be nice.
I talked to someone last night about helping me built it... hope to this summer. :)
Thanks!!