Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by randythawkins, May 13, 2015.

  1. randythawkins

    randythawkins Newbie

    Hi.  My name is Randy Hawkins and I live just outside of Atlanta, GA and I am an amateur smoker.  Last year I was bitten by the smokin' bug.  I am a home handyman type of person and love the challenge of some building tasks.  For this topic, in particular, instead of buying a cheap metal smoke box I decided to take on the challenge and build an electric smoker with pine wood boards.  I have smoked chicken several times and am quite happy with the results.

    First test run with cheap steak...

    After first test run...


  2. [​IMG]   Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from another cool and rainy day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.

    Last edited: May 13, 2015
  3. rmmurray

    rmmurray Master of the Pit

    Welcome to SMF! :welcome:
    We're glad to have you. The search bar at the top is your most valuable resource here. This forum has been around for over ten years, so there is a good chance that any questions you may have, have already been answered (they may have 10 different answers, but you'll get an instant response non the less).
    Please be sure to post your smokes along with your process and recipes. We will be glad to help you along the way and we may also learn something new ourselves in the process. Also, don't forget the very important Q view! (We're mad for pics on here 😁)
    Always remember to have fun because it's not fun if you have to work at it.
    Thanks for joining,
    - Ryan
  4. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    Welcome to the site Randy.  Nice looking smoke box you've put together.  What is the material you used for your door gasket? 

    What temperature are you smoking your chickens at?
  5. randythawkins

    randythawkins Newbie

    Thanks.  The door gasket is your typical home door weatherstip which I got from Lowes.  When researching this build I found other similar ones and they had used weatherstip without issue.  In my case I have had no problems and even with the heat from a smoke it has stayed intact.  

    As for temperature, during a mild Spring of Fall day I can get it up to 220 degrees.  During the heat of mid-Summer it is possible to get to 240 (but I will adjust it back down to between 220 and 230).
  6. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    Thanks for the come-back.  Sounds like you've created a first class smoke box.  [​IMG]
  7. randythawkins

    randythawkins Newbie

    I like to think so.  :)

    First - I should have typed 'weatherstrip' and not 'weatherstip'...sorry about that.

    Second - I just remembered that I had a blog about the build the build of this smoker cabinet.  It hasn't been updated in awhile but there still might be an interesting read.  It is at
  8. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    Thanks for the link Randy.  It's a good read on a well thought out project. 

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