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Hello from Bakersfield, CA!

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I've been doing a bit of reading on this site and this seems like a great community of friendly people.

 

My dad was a chef and butcher, so i've always been around meat.

Now we are really into curing meat and smoking so i'd like to build my own Cold smoker.

 

I just picked up this beauty that i'd like to convert into a smoker

 

 

 

 

I'm looking for some inspiration, guidance, suggestions...

not sure which direction i want to go in.

Either cut a door on the side and fab up two racks one low and one high

or cut a door on the top/dome... same thing, some racks inside.

I'd like to build a fire box that I will place at 10' or further away, effectively cooling the smoke down...

 

at least that's what i'm envisioning....

post #2 of 10
Howdy and welcome to SMF... I love this beauty you found! Was it a water tank? Its looks mighty big.. which is nice... in reference to the wagon amd fence! Whats the dimensions of it! Either way I want one... different! Cant wait to see whats done with it!
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the kind welcome!
 

I haven't actually measured it yet... but eyeballing it, its about chest height, i'm 5'8"... so it's about 5' tall..... more or less.

and maybe about 3.5~4' wide...

 

i need to get those legs straightened out.

 

I'd like some inspiration from others who are doing cold smoking.... and others who have used a similar tank, barrel, metal container for inspiration..

post #4 of 10
Just looking at it ideas run through my head.. just hard to put them out in writing...

http://www.amazenproducts.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=12
^^^^ Is a very popular smoke generator used by many on SMF and Todd is one of the Sites sponsors. .. would be perfect with a few mods to just use this as a cold smoker...



This is my UDS.. mainly used for hot smoking.. but the mailbox mod on the side is what my AMNPS fits in.. and the smoke in the picture isall from this bbeauty of an item. .what I cold smoke in sometimes..

For yours..
Maybe cut the "lid" off so it could be refit snug.. and just put a couple of grates inside and youll have just a cold smoker...

But something that big in diameter I think would be great for hot and cold smoke... would hate to waste that big of cooking area unless all you want is to cold smoke
post #5 of 10

Hey, another guy from Kern County. I'm from McFarland and I just joined a few days ago. For those that don't know it is a filter for irrigation water. Where did you get it from?

 

Good luck on your project. There's a bunch of innovative people on this board that can help figure it out.

post #6 of 10

Welcome to the forums!  You've found the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly, knowledgeable folks here who really enjoy helping one another.  Looking forward to your input here, and just ask when you need anything...someone here will surely have the answer.  

 

That's a cool tank you found!  You'll probably get lots of good input if you post photos and ask for advice over in the smoker builds forum...

 

Good luck!

Red

post #7 of 10

welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! 

 

We love to see pictures of what you are cooking (or what we call q-views here at SMF).  To "upload the q-views" just follow the directions here and it will be easier. If you are using a cell phone, an IPad or a kindle, go to the main SMF page and click the Mobile button. Will make the uploads a bit faster too.

 

If you didn't read the "Terms of Service" notes.....please do.  There are a few things that everyone should know about those pesky little rules before plunging into the forums and some guidelines of how to interact within the forums. Off site links are not allowed here at SMF per TulsaJeff. Not that you have done anything wrong....just a little bit of FYI for new members!

 

If you need any help roaming around the forums....just holler!  Happy to help out!

 

Kat

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hey Doodad, glad to hear that there are others from kern county!

 

once again, thank you for the kind welcome.

 

I'll start a thread in the build section so i can receive suggestions on my build

 

here's a pic of what my dad and I made a few weeks ago,

pork belly cured and smoked

 

 

mmmmy... yummy yummy!

 

i'd like to experiment with different kinds of meats, and since i'll be using a cold smoker, i'd like to also try cheeses, and whatever else i stumble upon that would be good :D

post #9 of 10
welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you joined us! We have over 50,000 members now who just love to share what they know. You've come to the best place on the net to learn and share everything Q!!!
post #10 of 10

texas.gifHello, and Welcome from Texas. This is a great site, lots of good information and great people.

 

Gary

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