Built in Smoker - Original 1960s Ranch House

Discussion in 'Brick Smokers' started by atxbbq, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. atxbbq

    atxbbq Newbie

    Hello, new to the forum. What brings me here is I recently purchased a home built in the late 60's that incorporated a big smoker into the build. The back patio has a rather large brick smoker in disrepair. I am pretty excited about getting it into working condition but after reading posts on proper smoker dimensions I am thinking it may not work so well (efficiency). Any thoughts on how to proceed? enlarge the firebox? Line the cookbox with firebrick? The chimney seems way too large as well. Thanks in advance for any input!

    Cook box 24" x 33"deep 58" long including chimney portion

    Chimney 10' tall 22" x 22"

    Fire box 24" long 18" wide 15" tall

    Last edited: Jun 1, 2016
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If it was mine id restore back to original and test it out. I think that it would work good.

    What are all the dimensions?
  3. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Neat! I remember how people had outdoor grills/fireplaces like that. Most were brick but one in my old neighborhood was fieldstone. I wonder if it's still there.
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Welcome to the forum!

    Sounds like a great project, no matter how you decide to rebuild it.

  5. atxbbq

    atxbbq Newbie

    BMudd, the measurements of the cooker, firebox and chimney. I have read there are optimal sizes for good draft and temps. I think the firebox is a little undersized and the exhaust, chimney way oversized. I may just try it as is and see how it works.

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