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WBS build issue - loose stave pieces in the lid

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

I recently made a smoker out of a retired wine barrel, and it works great.  I've had a couple of successful smokes (pork butt and beef brisket), and I'm very happy with it.

 

However, I noticed that the staves in the lid section are starting to loosen.  It's pretty dry in there at the moment - I've left it open to air out over the last few days.  So right now I'm boiling some water in there to moisten the wood.

 

If anyone else has encountered this, I would love to know your thoughts on causes and cures.

 

Thanks!

 

Brian

post #2 of 9

Seems like I read someone's post about Wine barrels , but that was a while ago.

 

Maybe someone nwith one (or had one ) will chime in.

 

I've always thought it give a good flavor , but never go my hands on one.

 

Later . . .

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by Skorpyon View Post
 

Hi all,

 

I recently made a smoker out of a retired wine barrel, and it works great.  I've had a couple of successful smokes (pork butt and beef brisket), and I'm very happy with it.

 

However, I noticed that the staves in the lid section are starting to loosen.  It's pretty dry in there at the moment - I've left it open to air out over the last few days.  So right now I'm boiling some water in there to moisten the wood.

 

If anyone else has encountered this, I would love to know your thoughts on causes and cures.

 

Thanks!

 

Brian

It does not say where you live or if the barrel is Oak? I would say it probally is Oak and it can not take low humidity.You will need to use a water pan on your cooks and keep some water on the outside off and on when not smoking and being stored.

 

Dan

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Mea culpa.  It's oak (French, I think), and I'm in Dallas, TX.

 

Thanks for confirming my "dry wood" theory.  I'll let the humidity soak in and see what that does.

post #5 of 9

Can you explain how you made the smoekr?  If you have any links to instructions as to how to make a wine barrle smoker, I would appreciate them.  I would love to make a smoker and I bet the wine barrle smokers look awesome.  Please post a picture of your smoker if you can.

 

Hope you get your answer.

post #6 of 9

Pictures    

 

 

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post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

It was fairly straight-forward. I decapitated the barrel with a hand-held jigsaw pictured in the link, I used a hinge and a couple of chains to attach the lid, I used two sets of 3" angle brackets around the inside of the barrel to hold the racks, and for a heat source I ended up using a Brinkmann electric converter with another set of 3" angle brackets serving as legs.  I put some lava rocks around the element as a heat sink, and I use a Harbor Freight router motor speed control to control the temperature.


Edited by Skorpyon - 9/10/14 at 7:47am
post #8 of 9

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post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Here's the starting barrel:

 

Using this jig-saw:

 

I removed the top:

 

Hinged the top and added chains to limit the movement (you can see the top rack on the angle brackets - there's another rack 14" farther down)

 

Finally, I added a copper tube chimney to bring air into the bottom of the smoker.  Here's a completed picture.

 

 

Unfortunately, I left the heater on for a few days with the pan dry, so I fear that I've ruined the barrel.  The staves are all charred and loose now.  I may be able to save it by tapping the hoops and fastening the staves to each other, but I may just get another barrel and do it over - it doesn't feel stable any more.  :th_crybaby2:

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