I just procured a sweet little SS irrigation filter that I would like to convert into a cold smoker.
first order of business is getting the legs straightened out.
First thought is just to put some come-alongs on there, anchor them to the metal patio posts and just pull them out... but i'm wondering if i'll need to apply any heat to them as not to cause any damage.....
next, I will have to decide on where to cut an opening... my thought is to cut from leg to leg where the LAKOS logo is, about that entire area from the bottom an inch above the bottom weld to an inch above the top weld, inside there is a lip about an inch on either side where it was welded, so i think it would be a great position.
next plan, is either to weld a band on the "door" or on the inside of the vessel to keep the door from falling through... since i'll be cutting there will be about 1/8th of an inch of loss... + or -
or maybe make two doors that open outwards instead of one large door that comes off......
next I will have to fab up some railing system to accomodate two racks, one lower and one higher.....
then i'd like to find maybe an old keg, as i understand that they are also made from SS... some from aluminum, but i'll have to look for a SS one... to build a fire box... or maybe see if i can find something easier to convert into a fire box.
i'd like to place the fire box at a minimum of 10' away.. but i'm not sure, hopefully someone who has experience in this can chime in,
will 10' allow the smoke to cool down enough or should I go further with the fire box?
that's kind of what ive got in my head, please feel free to shoot me some ideas and criticism.