Hello all! I've been working on putting a smoker together for a while now. I like the vertical smokers and the USD's, but wanted to try something a little different, and on a budget (naturally). So, I decided to try this.
I got three drums together, and burned them out. One for the cooking chamber, one for the firebox, and one to make the doors.
The cooking chamber barrel:
The firebox barrel, which is another 55-gallon, only cut down a bit (cut out part is off to the left):
Then, starting to cut and weld (if you can call what I do welding). BTW, the propane tank back there is full of water. :o
Making sure the doors won't fall off. I still need latches to lock them down. I may need to add some seals also. There's a 6-inch hole between the firebox and cooking chamber. Still debating on what to do there. I have 3 racks for the cooking chamber; I plan to secure them with bolts UDS-style. Adding a fourth rack might work, but I want to see how the heat does before I invest in one.
A grate raised about 3.5 inches for a water pan or diffuser plate of some sort. Maybe a couple fire bricks? I plan to use the same type of grate for the firebox as well; still deciding on how to arrange it, though.
As it sits, I have two bungs in the bottom of the firebox, and two bungs at the top of the cooking chamber. I am debating on whether I should put the whole thing up on a few blocks, add an ash pan, and use the bottom holes for the air inlet, or plug the bottom holes with the caps and make an inlet on the lower side of the firebox. Try not to laugh at my horrible welds.
Thanks for looking! This is my first build, so feel free to ask questions and comment.