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My name is jason I built a homemade pit style smoker about 4 years ago. After doing a lot of research I decided pit styoe was what I wanted. I wanted more of an old school style smoker. I know its more of a chalenge to use a pit style than one with a fire box but I figured it would be worth it. After some tweaking on my design and some trial I found what I built is a great smoker. It will run for abou 5 hours on one big bag of walmart brand charcoal. I have done anything from sausage to turkeys on it. Tried a variety of woods wild cherry, shag bark hickory, smoth bark hickory, mesquite, apple, and pecan. The smoker itself was a fuel drum a friend had lying around measures aprox 3x6 the stacks are aprx 3 feet long made of 3" exhaust pipe.
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Welcome to the board, longhaul!


Do you notice any difference in flavor between the smooth and shaggy hickories?

post #3 of 12
Welcome to the forum. I' m in ohio also, sagamore hills.
post #4 of 12
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I sure do the shag bark is a lot more spicy I got it from a woods at my buddy's farm. Gota be carefull with that one it will put a lot of kick into the meat. I normally throw in some mesquite to tame it down a bit.
post #5 of 12
Welcome fellow Buckeye! I'm from the NW corner of Tuscarawas county. More and more of us have been rolling in here. Keep on smokin.
post #6 of 12

Good morning and welcome Jason, I'd love to see some pictures of your smoker. 


Gary S

post #7 of 12

Welcome to the friendliest smoking forum on the net.  I am originally from Piqua, not far from you.

post #8 of 12

Hey Jason

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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here are the pictures of the smoker i built. needs a fresh coat of paint. the grate is split in the middle for easy removal and is made of of 3/4x9 it is flat but similar to expanded metal. 


in the pict is a 70 lb 1/2 hog.

post #10 of 12

Huh, that basic setup looks very similar to pits I saw down South, a fat barrel mounted transverse on a short trailer. I'd see those parked as rentals at gas stations.


That's a business model I haven't seen in Ohio: a trailer-mounted smoker as a rental similar to a U-Haul trailer.

post #11 of 12
Welcome, see ya around the forum ! BTW, cool pit !
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by WaterinHoleBrew View Post

Welcome, see ya around the forum ! BTW, cool pit !

thanks. it can be a bit temperamental to run but i love pit style. I have been told pit style is a bit more tricky to run.

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