New Brick build

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by hiker dude, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. I was looking for plans last week and could not find anything. I have attached a few pics of mine. I planned to do a full start to finish because I have not seen anything. I still have a lid and door to figure out. I wish I had access to a welder to brush up on my high school welding so I could do that as well. I am making the door opening to fit a purchased door if I end up going that way but it is not my intention. So far this is just the firebox. It will be wrapped in brick.

    The cook box inside diameter is 21"/28"  and could actually be tapered out 4 more inches both ways. What do you think? The fire box is 18 x 18 and 20 high inless i go higher. I am going to have 4" round vents with a chimney and adjustable dampers.Thanks for the advise on the new thread

    Last edited: Jun 10, 2013
  2. rgacat

    rgacat Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Looking good so far.

    Ronnie g.
  3. demosthenes9

    demosthenes9 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks good.  Given what Wes found out, tell us about your smoke chamber and overall design.
  4. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good point Demo.

    HD,  here is a thread I started a while back concerning keeping the heat even all the way up a brick vertical smoker.

    Give it a look before you get to far along.   There are some great ideas and thoughts in the thread.  Most would work better if built into the smoker as it goes up.  

    Please post any questons or concerns you may have.   The folks here are a wealth of information.

    I'm in for this one!    Keep us posted


    Edit:   Here is the link to the thread
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2013
  5. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    :lurk: ... I'm in
  6. I am building it horizontally. I am actually wondering where the best air inlet is, top or bottom of the firebox. The smoke would then travel out of the top 4" h x 20" slot to the cooking chamber under the water tub up and out a chimney at the far top side. How does this sound? 
  7. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'd put the intake on the bottom. 

    Question.  How are you going to support the slot.  If you use a steel lentil the metal will expand every time it gets hot.  Over time it will start cracking up the masonry.   Just a thought.  

    If you put your chimney on the same end as the firebox it would work as a reverse flow.    You can use steel as racks as long as they don't fit tight and have room to move.
  8. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks good so far...I'm looking forward to watching this...

  9. the slot would be in the masonry See the missing bricks on the right side. Reverse flow would that travel in the bottom of the firebox up and over to the cook box around and back out of the top of the fire box?

    I really goofed on overlooking the intake.I guess it is get out the roto hammer/ roto drill and break out the bottom center brick. I was thinking of using 4" galvanized round ducts with a damper on the intake and chimney. If the air is cold coming into the intake and the galvanized tube goes into the facia brick and does not touch the firebrick and the hot goes right out the chimney galvanized should not create much problem? What do you think about this whole design? i still need to determine how high the cook box needs to be, rack spacing two racks? and placement of the water tray? As you can see i really need some input.
  10. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    myself.. I would slow down (hold up) and get all my

    get everything figured out on paper first... sure will save a lot of headaches in the near future
  11. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now that's funny.......  Good one JD....    
  12. Its on hold and I am here looking for help so bring it on. 
  13. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I used vented ash dumps for my intake.   You can open and close them as needed.

    I don't have a close up, but you can see this one being installed.  I simply left a void all the way into the firebox.   You can see the inside on the left side. I simply shimmed up the hole with a brick until the mortar set up a day or so.

    As for the size of the cooking chamber.   With your design I'd probably just use one shelf.   You can do two shelves, but it would take a ton of time to get  layed.   A challenge to say the least. 

    You can lay firebrick on there side and let them hang out about an 1 1/2 in. or so to create a ledge.  You can then sit your racks on that

    Here is another view of the intake vent on the inside.   Up top you can see how I layed firebrick down to create the shelf.  No ledge in the back. I cut a full brick in half to save money for the flat brick in the back.   Sides will carry anything you want to put on it.

    Hope this helps.   I can see a design in my head, but I can't draw for crap.    I'll help you anyway I can.  Just ask.
  14. I like the idea of the vented ash dumps. I just called the only masonry supply company in the area and they are a big one and they cannot get vented only closed. I have nut built the door yet so I am leaning towards venting the door with a hole and a back plate that would rotate to open and close. As far as the cooking chamber. One rack is all I planned for this is just a home use rig for a weeks consumption. 
  15. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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