Cardboard box build

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by supplysergeant, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. supplysergeant

    supplysergeant Fire Starter

    I have a bunch of bacon to smoke, and my grill/AMNPS combo wasn't cutting it. So, I followed in the footsteps of others here, and made this:

    Box was $2, tape $8, tube was free.... total cost $11. Works well, so far!
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  2. That will do a fine job! Remember to post a Qview and a review of your new smoker.

    Happy smoken.

  3. supplysergeant

    supplysergeant Fire Starter

    Thanks, David! I actually have a thread with Qview over in the Bacon section, and I'll update this thread after I finish the first smoke.
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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  5. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Looking good.  If you put a couple sections of stove pipe between the two boxes the quality of your smoke will increase and the temperature will decrease.

    Good job.

  6. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That is a great starter kit...Now you are ready to research smokers and which one is best suited  for you.

    Good luck,  John
  7. supplysergeant

    supplysergeant Fire Starter

    The temp has stayed steady at 5 degrees above ambient, and it's only 36 here right now. I wouldn't mind a better quality of smoke....
    Thanks, John. Being a DIY type, and cheap, I'll probably build a slightly smaller version of Pop's smokehouse. I have a PID temp controller, so I'll most likely use it with a couple of hotplates for hot smokes, and just the AMNPS for cold.
  8. supplysergeant

    supplysergeant Fire Starter

    Well, kinda disappointed right now. The AMNPS went out at about the four hour mark, I chalked it up to the dampness. I nuked the pellets and relit it. I got caught up in some family stuff, and it went out again, sometime between the 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 mark. This time, I relit AND opened up the airflow to the AMNPS a bit, fingers crossed! I can only stay up another couple of hours, but temps are well below 40, and will be all night. I plan to check it before bed, then in the morning.
  9. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    that's the way I started as well... only I used the soldering iron and can method (which I still have) instead of the AMNPS

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  10. supplysergeant

    supplysergeant Fire Starter

    Well, I have a soldering iron, and if this doesn't work out I'll sacrifice a can of tuna to the bacon gods! Too much bacon to give up now.
  11. I'm in     [​IMG]

  12. supplysergeant

    supplysergeant Fire Starter

    Welcome, Gary!

    Well, the AMNPS just went out again. I put everything in the fridge. It'll be Friday afternoon before I can try again. It is 33 degrees and raining here, even with the smoker sitting just inside the garage (detached!), I think the dampness is defeating the AMNPS. The long-range forecast calls for Friday and Saturday to be clear, fingers crossed!
  13. Bummer, I stay tuned in  Good Luck

  14. supplysergeant

    supplysergeant Fire Starter

    Pretty bummed myself. The AMNPS worked quite well just sitting in the bottom of my grill, I really think it was the dampness that got me. I may try the grill setup again, just to get some of the bacon done.
  15. supplysergeant

    supplysergeant Fire Starter

    I just had a thought. I have some firebrick laying around, I might try putting it on top of a table , and setting the CBS and AMNPS on top of it, to keep it out of the damp. Any thoughts?
  16. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Work on your draft, it will be fine.  Try extending the exhaust pipe or add the extension as mentioned in the post #5, both will help with the draft.  When cold smoking it is important to get a draft started.  At times, I have to apply a little heat in the smoker itself with a torch in order to get it started.

  17. supplysergeant

    supplysergeant Fire Starter

    Extending the exhaust will be easier than adding pipe between the AMNPS and the box, I'll give it a try as soon as I can, thanks.
  18. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yes, I agree.  In time, when you do add the extender, you will see the difference in the quality of your smoke.

    Keep us up to date,

  19. supplysergeant

    supplysergeant Fire Starter

    Will do!
  20. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Another suggestion, elevate the smoke box above the smoke generator.  This will also allow the creosote to drain back.  A couple sections of 3" stove pipe should be fine.


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