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Newbie from Virginia

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I'm Nick and I'm from Bristol, Virginia. 10 miles from the speedway for any NASCAR fans.

I'm a car guy at heart and got interested in BBQ through a friend in a car club I'm a member of. He host a BBQ for the club every year in Florida. His is some of the best ribs and pulled pork I have had. So after attending for a few years I decided to buy one of those cheap vertical charcoal smokers from lowes. I got decent results from it, flash forward a few years, I out grew it.

So I decided to buy a larger one. My local Lowes sells this little hexagon shaped trailer unit that I liked but I did not like the price.


Now luckily I have a awesome job where I get to deal with the local machine and fabrication shops and have access to a water jet.

So I decided to build my own reverse flow smoker. I got a killer deal on some 1/8" diamond plate. I know it's thin, but it's free.


I found a link to a calculator on here and used cylinder calculations. Now it was't suppose to be this big to begin with.

cooker chamber size is 36 x 60

fire box size is 30 x 29

chimney is 6" diameter tube


I have a couple more weekends of work and it should be ready to go. I want to build a second rack to maximize cooking area. 


CAD for the end plates

Could not find a trailer to fit my needs, So I built one.


Water jet doing it's thing.

Fast forward a month.



And my other interest...

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Hello Nick and Welcome to our addiction.  Great looking rig!  A word of warning: There is no 12 step program for this one!  Many good folk here with a load of experience that they are more than willing to share.  If you have specific questions just start a thread and someone with experience will be along soon to offer advice.  All info you can provide us with such as smoker type, location and so on will help us answer any questions you may have.  Spend some time doing some research on the forums, tons of advice and recipes already available there.  We look forward to your contributions.  Have fun.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!


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  Hi Nick and welcome to the SMF family!  Glad you found us!  Looks like a great build going on. Can't wait to see the finished pics and q-view of your first smoke!



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Welcome, see ya around the forum !
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Welcome to the site, all we need now is to see some great BBQ coming off that smoker,


Gary S

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Hey Nick

Welcome to the Smoking  forum.   You’ll find great , friendly people here, all more than willing to answer any question you may have.  Just ask and you’ll get about 10 different answers—all right.  LOL.   Don’t forget to post qviews.


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Thanks for the welcome.

I understand about no 12 step process. This thing is suppose to work. If it does not then it will get modified till it works properly. 


I actually manged to finish up and tow it home for the final prep and paint. 

I have about 5 gallons of used peanut oil from Thanksgiving turkey fry. Can I use that for the seasoning process? 

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Welcome to the site. I just recently joined my self. Just wondering........how did u post pics in your thread. I can not figure it out. I would love to include pics with the description of my smoker.
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