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Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by stevesp, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. stevesp

    stevesp Newbie

    Hi  I live in Cedar Rapids Iowa and just sold my offset smoker outfit and am building a drum smoker. I made a lot of inventions for my offset setup, but I could never get the leaks plugged and I can't find a good outfit in my price range, so decided to make the drum smoker.  I just stumbled across a stainless 55 gallon drum and am starting.  However, have a couple questions.

    - Most of the drum smokers have expanded steel as a firebox.  Has anyone tried a solid steel ring with the expanded steel in the bottom?  It seems that this chimney affect might make for a more steady bun.  Has anyone tried that?

    -All the smoker plans I see have intake draft holes evenly spaced around the bottom.  Has anyone tried a larger single intake?  I don't want to drill any more holes than I need to adjust the proper draft.  I have some 1 1/2 inch stainless pipe and I'm wondering if that would be enough draft both top and bottom.

    Any advise?
  2. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome from SC. It's good to have you here.

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