So, I joined last summer when I got my first smoker, by now I feel like I might be able to contribute and ask a few questions.
My first smoker was a SFB that I picked up at HomeDepot. I have been happy with my cooks, but I always seem to run out of room on the darn thing! Over the course of a few smoke sessions I made a few mods to the SFB to help get more consistent temps and more efficient use out of the charcoal and wood chunks, mostly it was adding red bricks to absorb heat and help insulate. I also J.B.Welded almost ever seem on the smoker to seal as many air leaks as I could, but honestly the poor manufacturing of the smoker still lead to the doors not sealing well, and the metal bending as I weighed the firebox down with more and more bricks...
Anyways, I feel in love with smoking, and some day hope to start catering for parties or just selling cooked meat on the side.
I have a background in Mechanical Engineering, and a passion of working in the garage building cars. I have had a dream of building my own smoker for the past few months and yesterday I stumbled across a 250 gal propane tank.
I have a new smoker on the way... it will take time, but I am drawing up some plans for it now. It will be trailer mounted, and insulated in every spot that I can insulate. Also I have intent to add some automation to it with some homebrewed electronics to control the airflow/heat.
I look forward to getting some thoughts on my design as I hopefully get some of them on here over the weekend.
See everyone around!