I’ve been an avid hunter and fisherman basically since I’ve been little. When I would get a deer I would take it in to the butcher and wait to get back what was hopefully my meat. Well, I got tired of doing this and probably around 7 years ago I decided that I was going to do my own processing. Needless to say I REALLY loved the whole idea of harvesting an animal and doing everything myself. This way I could control exactly what my family would be eating. So, I bought a small Maserbuilt Electric smoker with digital controls on sale after Christmas for $100 (I see now they are selling for over $200. I really liked the digital control of it, but didn't’t like the capacity in which I could smoke at one time. Finally this year I was trying to find a larger electric smoker and after doing some surfing I came upon this site. Needless to say it has been a god send and is great to see people passionate about BBQ like I am. So, I went browsing through multiple forums trying to find a custom build and found some refrigerator builds. Plus, I found some forums where there was talk of PID controllers. I also liked the idea of a cold some generator and of course found some more info on them as well. After doing my research I decided to do a custom build. I was stoked about the build where my wife thought I was nuts. I finished the build and yesterday was my first run. I am glad to say I am EXTREMELY happy with how everything ran and can’t wait to do more!! I didn’t get a chance to take many pictures of the build, but here’s what I got.
16 Gauge Steel put on the inside of the door.
Finished Build (it's going to be on a small trailer, but had to use it before then)
My version of a cold smoke generator made from 4" Tube Steel.
PID Controller from Auber Instruments
Smoker loaded with 25 lbs. of snack sticks
9 Gauge Expanded Steel shelving with 3/4"x1/8" angle iron for brackets
1500 Watt heating element
Fresh batch of snack sticks
I must say that I am EXTREMELY happy with how the build went and also with how my first batch of snack sticks turned out! I brought a bunch into the office today and they were all gone in about 1/2 an hour! I couldn't have had a successful build without all you members!! Thank you all and I look forward to sharing more down the road!