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Old 11-01-2011, 08:57 PM   #11
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:48 AM   #12
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Progress...

For my ventilation system I went with some standard snap-lock style ducting, purchased at Lowes. Originally, I had planned to use gas indoors, so I wanted something that could take any excess heat generated by the propane burners. I eventually warmed up (no pun intended) to an electric setup, but this hood remains flexible.

The dimensions of the hood are 6' x 2', and contain the following parts:

2 2'x6' snap lock ducting - $29.99 each
2 end caps - $14.99 each

additional lumber for support (already had from another project).

Here are some pics:

The ducting I used


A wood frame pieced together. I had concerns about the regidity of the 18 gauge sheet metal.


All the pieces test fit and placed on the frame. So far so good.

 
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:51 AM   #13
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:03 AM   #14
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... continued

I used aviation snips to cut along the bottom portion of the ducting. No turning back now! The initial cuts do look kind of rough.


Heres how it looks with the middle cut out. The sheet metal is *extremely* sharp. I used and angle grinder to smooth the edges.


I then cut 45 degree angles in the corners, and using a 1x4" as a guide and a rubber mallet, hammered out a lip on the inside which should help in condensation. It also cleans up the look quite a bit.




Here's the finished look of the lip... I was pleased with how it turned out.


The whole thing is actually much more rigid then I had originally thoguht; I probably didn't need the 2x4 framing, although it will probably make mounting the whole hood easier.

Right now I'm a little stuck, I have a 6" blower fan and a non-circular 3.5-4" hole in the cold room that I plan on venting out through. I'll need to somehow reduce from 6" to 3" for running a length of pipe oudoors... If anyone has any ideas for this I'm all ears!

I was actually considering buying a different model 4" fan and using a 4" to 3" reducer as a backup plan.

Aviation Snips: $18.99

 
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:09 AM   #15
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While I question you spending 10% of your budget on nuts and bolts, (dude, 7 bucks, 3" screws, done!), that is one beautiful looking stand. I really dig the plank top instead of a solid plywood top, and the color is really really awesome. At least with the hardware cost, you built it sturdy enough to support a couple of cars stacked on top of it, so it shouldn't get wobbly on you any time soon. Nice going!
I overspent on these parts, no question. I could have ordered online cheaper, or used other parts. At the end of the day, I bought everything on a friday, and was putting the last coat of polyurethane on Sunday evening. So it was highly convienient. People more patient then I am should definitely shop around.

Also, I live in Canada where everything is twice as expensive.

 
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:10 AM   #16
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nice pre 98 Kat
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:15 AM   #17
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nice pre 98 Kat
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Old 11-22-2011, 02:58 PM   #18
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lol i noticed it first just from the little piece of the front end showing in the previous pic said i bet thats a kat and sho nuff..
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:15 PM   #19
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:19 PM   #20
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Your doing exactly the same ideas i have been toying with!

 
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