New smoker build ..similar to bandera. Please adise

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by budracer1, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. budracer1

    budracer1 Newbie

    Ok guys so I'm almost ready to take the plunge on building my first smoker. I started a UDS and will complete it soon but I have decided I want a vertical offset smoker. I'm leaning toward a design very similar to the bandera and like the one "peeps" had built. I plan for mine to be a bit smaller. Probably 18x18x 30 tall. I'm thinking that will give me more than enough room as I don't generally cook for a lot of people but still want the capacity to cook for 15 or 20 of the need arises.
    I have looked at several smokers and I had almost settled on the brinkman trail master vertical and then after looking at lone star grillz I decided that I would just build my own.

    I'm looking to build from 3/16 steel and after pricing today it looks like the steel and expanded metal will be just under 250 but that's not counting the legs or any handles or hardware. I still think that I can get it done for less than 500 easily and have a pit that will last forever.

    Any advice or suggestions as I haven't bought anything yet.

    The reason for the the vertical is just because I like the way they look and seem to be more consistent heating in the cooking chamber, however I am a complete rookie so feel free to give me pros and cons.

    Thanks in advance JB
  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  3. budracer1

    budracer1 Newbie

    Well I don't have any pics yet except the one from a website that I've been drooling over. Here's my inspiration

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