Help! where to place fire box

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by mrdbraun, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. mrdbraun

    mrdbraun Newbie

    I am new member on site, looks pretty neat. looking forward to trying some of the recipes and hearing back from others on site.

    My build question is for my trailer mounted grill. It is an extremely heavy duty build! has a few round pipe outlets on sides that i'd like to use.

    my idea is to build a firebox underneath the grill, and connect via one of the large round inlet tubes.

    is there any general rule of thumb to how big, where to locate, what to include in the fire box build?? any help is appreciated.

  2. I don't have any experience with a wood/charcoal firebox for a smoker, but I have some experience with other kinds of fireboxes. I'm assuming you want to smoke with stickwood, which is normally cut to 16", but can easily be longer, so you have to have a chamber that's long enough plus has a firebrick lining. 1/4" steel sides and door will last quite a while, but the door might warp if it's not lined with fireboard. You can buy a Vogelzang Barrel Stove kit or a Vogelzang Deluxe Barrel Stove kit to save yourself some effort. The firebox will need combustion air inlets that you can control from fully blocked to open far enough to achieve the max temp desired. You'll probably also want a damper on the firebox outlet or the smokestack. You'll want the smoke to enter the smokehouse from the side opposite from the smokestack. If you can get a look at Jambo Pit smokers, that might give you more ideas.
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  3. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic

    Hello mrdbraun and welcome to the forums.

    Here are some links to builds similar to what you describe:

    You could use the pipe at the bottom to connect the firebox to the cookchamber, but I believe that it will not be large enough and you may have to add more pipes or a larger pipe.

    You don't need firebrick or a cast iron firebox door.

    Browse the build threads, especially the Reverse Flow and Side Firebox forums for examples of firebox designs.

    I hope this helps and keep us posted on your progress.

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