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Wish me luck! Build my first RF smoker!!!

post #1 of 13
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So I am building my first smoker!

Well, I started last year and after a few weeks working on the tank… I got very sick (nothing to do with the tank).   I was force to put the project on-hold… for almost 8 months!!!   Good news is I am all better and the project is back on with a vengeance!

 

What I have:   120 gal Tank, a pile of scrap metal, a chop saw, a welder, and an Idea in my head…   I am trying to use what I can find around our farm and the neighboring farms.  Had good luck for the most part, but have needed to buy a few small parts.

From what I read on this site,  I think my firebox is a bit small… at 18x18x21  But, it was found FREE 1/4 plate already cut to size.   I’ll add a few photos of my progress.

 

 

 

Soon to be hinges!

 

 

The tank!

 

 

First door cut!

 

Second door and Firebox soon to come!

post #2 of 13

That is a good start. I am also trying to use as much as I can from the scrap iron pile. I even have and idea for damper opening that includes a c clamp, gearbox off a mower, and the pto shaft. We'll see how that works out.

I like your stabalizer posts too.

post #3 of 13
Looks like your off to a great start!
post #4 of 13
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Here are a few more photos!

 

I have the firebox 90% complete... with Air vents (sliders are done as well)

 

Cutting the Firebox end of the tank...( Scrap pile in background )

 

Opening...

 

Back plate for firebox...

 

Time to build a fire!  ( My helper took care of it )

 

Burn baby burn!  ( used Pear & Palm... all I had )

 

 

Here is my weekend Scrap score!!!  Crazy what some people put out in the trash!!!

- 50 gal tank

- 10' channel

- 4'x4' rack

- Fireplace burner

 

 

 

That is all I have for now... I hope to get somemore done this week.   Please provide feedback if you see something I am doing wrong or could do better!!!  thanks!


Edited by hotrod99 - 4/2/13 at 9:29am
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
No time to work on the new smoker today... But I did pick up 6 nice butts and 4 chicken to cook this weekend! I plan to cook half low and slow and half hot and fast... Big work party on Monday!
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Worked on the firebox today. Added 3 inches so now it's 18x18x24 . I also picked up a turkey fryer that I will add to the trailer... Got it from lowes for $50 bucks... Floor model... More photos coming soon.
post #7 of 13

Looking good. Keep pecking away at it and you'll be done before you know it. Then you'll be cooking all that good food on your new smoker!

post #8 of 13
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Picked up the Trailer I will be using... I was planning to build one... but this was on sale for about the same cost and saved me time and paperwork!

 

I'll be adding a Cooking pot, Cooler and maybe a water tank...  Plus a wood rack.

 

 

 

Also welded up my stack!   Still need to do a bit of clean-up...

 

 

I'll add more as I get it done!!!

post #9 of 13

Looks like its coming along nicely for you.

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
I work better itch a timeline... Deadline. So I am setting a 4th of July deadline for myself. Meat will be on the heat on or before July 4th 2013.
post #11 of 13
If your build is going anything like mine, the big things are easy...it's the multitude of little things that slow you down. Good luck! I'm cooking for a family friend's graduation party around the 4th myself.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by hotrod99 View Post

I work better itch a timeline... Deadline. So I am setting a 4th of July deadline for myself. Meat will be on the heat on or before July 4th 2013.

I am the same way I set a pretty ambitious goal of Memorial weekend to have my trailer built and the cooker set on it (built the cooker last year) so that I can pull it to a dealer appreciation meeting we are having at work for the guys that sell our trailers.

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

Ok... I know it's been a long time... but here are some updates!!

 

going on the trailer!!

 

 

Fire box on!!

 

 

 

Grate built x 4

 

 

Fire box door with latch!

 

 

Looking inside...

 

 

Starting to look like a smoker!

 

 

Test run up to 400 went great.  

 

 

I've done a few test runs and sprayed with oil... plan to run meat for the first time this weekend!!!

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