Going to be starting my smoker soon.
I plan on building a wood smoker. I will build the initial racks from wood, but the size will be so that I can buy some nice ceramic coated oven racks later on to replace them.
Dimensions - It will be around 6' tall, I'm thinking 28" wide and maybe 20" deep. The Meat Chamber will be about 4.5' tall, I want it big enough that I can smoke a Venison Leg in it with no problems.
I plan on insulating the Meat chamber with some good insulation board in between the inner and outer walls. And of course sealing everything up with Hi-Temp food grade silicon.
In the Heat Chamber I'm thinking of using Duroc, but I do have some fireboard that is used on the floor/walls when you install a wood stove in a house. Not sure how it will do once its cut though, they are in 4' x 4' sizes.
As for a Heat Source, I plan on using a small charcoal grill in the firebox until I can get all of the material rounded up to install a double electric burner and a PID. I plan to build it so that I can switch heat sources depending on what I am smoking.
I have also toyed with the idea of setting up my own controls through the PID to operate some small servos you can get at the hobby store for RC cars to manage the upper and lower vents while using Charcoal instead of Electric Heat.
I will close in the top of the smoker, and then put a small peaked roof on it, that I can have overhand the sides and front, in case I try to smoke when it might be raining, to at least try and shed the cool rain away from the smoker.
Any Helpful tips, and/or Ideas are more than welcomed, I have looked at tons of smokers built here on this site and others, just kind of trying to make this one my own. I don't have an unlimited budget though.
Also one of my major questions is about the doors, I was thinking of making the Meat Chamber with two doors, like a set of cabinets, so that the doors wouldn't be overly heavy, and I could just open one side at a time, I had also tossed the idea of making a removable partition, so I could smoke Fish on one side with vents open, and say beef on the other side with vents closed at the same time.
I may be getting a bit ambitious with my first build, but I think I've gotta go for what I want, the wife won't let me keep making build after build to get it right...