Electric Ugly Drum Build and Yardbird Smoke

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by dutch, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. dutch

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

    As I mentioned in an earlier thread, my Mom-in-law gave me Dad's Redi-Smok electric smoker. Well we had issues that smoker and me, I picked it up to move it out to the patio for a first smoke run and I left a trail of rust behind. Not good and it got worse; I set the smoker down and the bottom collapsed.

    Off to the trash can we go-but wait! I have a 30 gal. drum that I used to put my briquette ashes in back when I had a neighbor that used to collect the ashes to make lye soap. Neighbor has long left the area but I still kept the drum. Some quick measurements taken and though the top rack (16 inch) won't fit the drum but the bottom rack (14 inch) fits just fine. [​IMG]

    Well, I soon commenced to take that ol' Redi-smok apart to transfer the heating element, control panel and handles over to my lil' drum.

    Got her done and ran her for a test smoke. This thing is so tight, that no steam or smoke escaped unless you took the lid off. I cooked the chicken at 250 degrees to an internal temp of 190 degrees in the breast and I thought that it was going to be dry as a bone (didn't brine this one). When I went to pick up the bird, it fell to pieces.

  2. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great Dutch! Welcome ta the drum corps buddy! They be a great way ta smoke!
  3. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Dutch, Looking forward to the pics. [​IMG]
  4. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice save Dutch. Glad you didn't completely have to toss the redismoke.
  5. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow...yep, the ol' Redismoke looks pretty tired...too bad it didn't still have another smoke or 2 left. You still got a nice round vertical out of it though...getcha another 14" smokey joe grate & she's ready! Nice bird too, BTW!


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