Second Hand Smoke(r)

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by pescadero, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. pescadero

    pescadero Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Frequently we see where one of our brothers or sisters has made a nice “Find†at a garage sale, on Craiglist or some such place. I finally stumbled into a situation I just couldn’t pass up. Now that I have it, I am not sure exactly what I am going to do with it, but my story goes like this:

    I was driving down the highway when I saw this little hand made sign along the road. No traffic, so I slowed to a crawl and read it. Sign said “Moving Sale†and “Free Stuffâ€. Between my wife and I we have enough curiosity to “Kill The Catâ€, so we stopped to take a look.

    Initially, I thought this family was moving away. Come to find out they were moving in. They had lived in Anchorage for many years and had just relocated to Oregon, to be closer to children.

    We browsed around and the guy starts talking to me. Asking if there is anything in particular I am looking for. He points out several things, none of which interested me and then he asks if I would be interested in a “Smokerâ€. I told him that I might be and glanced around because I hadn’t seen any smokers. Then he points to this box I am standing beside.

    Turns out he worked for an Airline in Anchorage(Naviohjim, are you reading this?). He had taken one of those nice Aluminum rolling carts that they use to stock the planes with their hot food meals. The thing is already high quality Aluminum, has several shelf brackets and removable racks for each bracket. He had pop riveted in a water/sand rack and left room for a Hot Plate. He had also put in an adjustable air intake and adjustable chimney vent. The box is still on these hunky big strong rollers. It measures 52 inches tall, by 26 inches wide and 22 inches front to back.

    Said he used it for Salmon and various game meat. Now that he was down here in Oregon he was going to buy something smaller and more modern because he didn’t anticipate the volumes that he smoked in Alaska.

    He said, “If you want it, take itâ€. And, I did. Can’t figure why he didn’t get rid of it before he moved, instead of after. But, I wasn’t going to argue. I snagged it on the spot.

    I am posting some pictures, below. It has 9 removable racks. The thing has 30 rack brackets, so offers adjustibility in one inch increments. Yeah, it is a little dirty but a few minutes with my power washer will take care of that.

    At least the price was right so I figured I didn’t have much to loose. If we ever get a break in the weather I am going to clean her up and give her a test smoke.

    The capacity is way in excess of what I need for family use. But, like emtee, my neighbors catch a lot of Salmon and Halibut, in season. Even if they don't fish, they take advantage of the lower seasonal prices and buy a bunch. Most of them don't know how to smoke, or even have smokers, so they beg those of us who do. When I help them out by putting on a "Group" smoke, I end up with several smokers running and a lot of cleanup later. I over burden my 'Chief's' and GOSM, just trying to get the job done. Even if I only use it a couple times a year, this should make a great neighborhood smoker. Hopefully so simple I can turn some of the work over to them.

    I have already thought of a few mods, but they will come in due time.

    Let me know what you think.

  2. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    WHAT A SWEET FIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I've been looking for one of those food warmers.
  3. homebrew & bbq

    homebrew & bbq Smoking Fanatic

    Looks like a GREAT find to me!! [​IMG]

    Ya might want to be careful though, cuz once the neighborhood finds out about it you will be getting even more requests than you're used to. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  4. pescadero

    pescadero Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thanks guys. With a little TLC it should clean up and be servicable. It was a good thing I tied her down before last weeks flood. It tried to float away and would have, it I hadn't taken the precaution. (I am learning to always listen to my wife !)

    I don't have any covered work/play space, so am running out of room for these things. I think I am going to bolt a 2X10 Header the full length of that 40 foot container, in the background of the pictures. Use that to come out with about a 12 foot lean-to type roof. Will give me some space, out of the weather.

    And HB you are right, neighbors have already heard about this. I told them to put me on their Christmas List and we would 'talk about it'. [​IMG]

  5. My wife loves to hit garage sales!! She always lets me know if she comes across a smoker. Sometimes I go with her, and it never fails if there is a smoker on the sale it's already marked sold, they go pretty fast around here. I can't believe he just gave it to you. With a little cleaning you will be turning out quantities of Q that make you a major celebrity in your neighborhood.
  6. rip

    rip Smoking Fanatic

    Congrats on the find, like you said a little elbow grease and she will be ready for action.........what you goin to name her?
  7. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What a great find! [​IMG]
  8. t-bone tim

    t-bone tim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What a great find , and the possibilities are endless as to what you could use that baby for , and the price [​IMG] ...congrats on your find.
  9. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Verrrry Interestink!
  10. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sometimes a body is in the right place at the right time ....

    Should serve you and your neighbors well ... congrats!

    BTW ... what is your heat method, charcoal, LP, elect. or?
  11. pescadero

    pescadero Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    [​IMG] Thanks everyone. Yeah, I'm stoked. Should be just the ticket for those occasional big jobs and those Fall groupe sessions. And Squeez, there was this beater hot plate in it, when I got her. I threw it away but had recently picked up a 1500w plate from Wal-Mart for $6.00. I know at that price it isn't very high quality. But, I am thinking I will try a smoke or two with it. If it doesn't cut it, I haven't lost much. Depending on how that goes, I will have to decide on what to do. Fortunately there is a lot of room so could go propane, larger hot plate or possibly even elevate the smoker onto some sort of stand and fabricate a seperate box burning stick, letting the smoke rise vertically. Just too soon to have decided on anything. Will just have to wait and see how things unfold.

    I may be back asking for help and suggestions soon. [​IMG]

  12. salmonclubber

    salmonclubber Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    hey skip

    cool find now fill that sucker with bacon and get to smoking
  13. smokincowboy

    smokincowboy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Cool find, your a lucky guy
  14. short one

    short one Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Great find. I can see summer sausage and link sausage hanging in there getting kissed by the thin blue. Congrats.
  15. goat

    goat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I think you should send it to me.
  16. pescadero

    pescadero Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Never done bacon, huey. Will need you to baby sit me.

    If you're up for it, so am I.

  17. pescadero

    pescadero Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Nice try Goat. I tried to e-mail it to you but it bounced back to me. Your ISP said "Return to Sender" Oh, wait a mintue. . . That was Elvis. LOL

    I need to fire it up and put in the thermometer and see just what I get out of it. Anxious to try though. Should be fun.

  18. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    That'll make a great smoker Skip congrats!
  19. smokeys my pet

    smokeys my pet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice find, hope you put it to good use as I am sure you will.[​IMG]
  20. bigarm's smokin

    bigarm's smokin Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey Skip, thats a dandy. It seems to be to small of a box for a gas heat source though. Just judgeing from what I use, I sure don't know about all the different size gas burners though. [​IMG] I think I would go for the hot plate though. [​IMG]

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