Need some input on a new smoker build idea

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by tlzimmerman, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. tlzimmerman

    tlzimmerman Meat Mopper

    First of all, the basis of the smoker is almost exactly the same as the one shown here.

    Its amazing how close our designs are actually, and I had found that exact burner and was going to use it as well, but I have some questions. I had found this same burner, and wow I underestimated its size. I too am going to build a 2x2x4 box, but I am going to put it on 1' legs and build a smoker box below it so I can use its full height.

    My question is, i noticed he said his low temps are 180....I need to be able to start at 120 when I do sausages and snack sticks and summer sausage. Is this burner too big or or can I turn this one down enough with proper venting to run those temps.

    Also, I assume with a burner this size at 30,000 btu I shouldn't need to insulate even if its a metal box, or is this a bigger concern. I smoke in 0 degree weather alot lately so if I need to worry about it let me know. My box is wood now so its been relatively insulated already, so I am not sure how big of an effect a steel box makes in 0 degree weather.

    Any insight you guys can give me would be great. I would use another burner if anyone has some suggestions of one with a wider range of heat without blowing out, my only concern is the venturi needs to be outside the box because I don't want to run a rubber hose inside.

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