ugly drum smoker. .. with side fire box. .. help plz!!

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by zippotter, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. zippotter

    zippotter Newbie

    Hello everyone I need some help. . I made my drum smoker with a side box and can't seem to get the temp over 150 .. can any one help
     
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    From my novice eye it looks like your firebox is a tad bit small. There are some good calculators here for determining the size if firebox and the size of openings you need.
     
  3. zippotter

    zippotter Newbie

    Its a full size 20lb propane tank and the pipe going from the tank to the smoker in a 5in x 2.5 square tube steel.. I thought about putting a small blower to help push the heat over...or try bigger pices of wood but idk
     
  4. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    From what I see if you do get it hot, the house may catch fire. Try charcoal it will burn hotter than the twigs I see.

    Good Luck

    Richie
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2014
  5. zippotter

    zippotter Newbie

    I tried the oak wood coal .. the wood on the ground is from something else iwas doing
     
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    DaveOmak would be your guy here to ask. Send him a PM he should be able to help you out.
     
  7. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Try posting a few more pics different angles , I am sure some of the more experienced builders will help.

    Richie
     
  8. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Zip, evening.... Your firebox is too small and the tube connector from the FB to the CC (cook chamber) is too small......

    What size is the exhaust on the drum..... What size is the air inlet on the "5 gallon" cylinder.... the FB should be about 15-20 gallon and I would use a 6" pipe to connect the 2 units.... and at least a 3" exhaust.....

    Not sure about the wooden door.... 150 is about right for a wooden door.... I think you have the perfect cold smoker....

    SAVE IT !!!!!!!

    Now go build a warm/hot smoker and save that one for bacon / cheese and fish etc......

    Now you have my 2 cents..... a dedicated cold / warm smoker is a good thing..... temps don't need to go over 150..... PERFECT.......
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2014
  9. zippotter

    zippotter Newbie

     
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  11. zippotter

    zippotter Newbie

    U think hooking up a propane burner in the bottom for just heat would work .. then I could run it as both
     

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