Well, thanks to this great site, I decided that it was time to get my feet wet and build a smoker. I scored a small food warmer that looked like it would make a great smoker. It is stainless inside and out, insulated with fiber glass, with the heating element burnt out. The outside dimensions are 22” deep x 17” wide x 33” tall with the inside 21” x 14” x 26”. I planed on taking the heater out and dropping the bottom down 6” and installing a new brinkman replacement element of 1500 watts. The area where the upper door hinge mounts to the body had a dent that was throwing the door off by almost ½ “, I knew that would have to be repaired. I drilled out the spot welds that held on the top and was able to get it beat back out, will pop rivet the top back on with ss rivets as soon as they arrive.
For the smoke, decided to make an external smoke generator. I found some 3” thick wall steel pipe in the junk. I made it 18” tall with a removable lid to add chips and removable bottom to light the unit up. I hope this will burn for at least 10 hours, as I plan on cold smoking bacon and sausage with this as well as hot smoking. The output to the smoker is 1” black iron pipe, which I plan on plumbing into the air intake, which will be into the center of the new heater box and made with 2 ½ “ exhaust pipe. Air flow will be supplied by an aquarium air pump into the removable bottom section of the generator.
Still need to mount the new bottom, which is being made. Mount the exhaust, which is 3”, in the top. Install a stove rope gasket on the door. And build a stand for the smoker to get it up to a comfortable height.
Let me know what you think, and any changes you think should be made.
Edited by duckybud - 4/1/12 at 2:46am