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hi from England

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Thread Starter 
Hello to all there is not much smoking done here in uk iv never seen one apart from online. Im a fab welder and would love to make myself a smoker but am a total newbie.
post #2 of 18

Well you just haven't been looking in the right places.  :icon_biggrin:


Hello and Welcome to our addiction.  Many good folks 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, and pictures help a bunch.  Spend some time doing some research on the forums, tons of advice and recipes already available there.  Check out Jeff’s 5 day smoking E-Course ( link below ) that will help you get started.  We look forward to your contributions.  Have fun.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!


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texas.gif  Good morning and welcome to the forum, from a nice and warm East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on                  just about  everything.






post #4 of 18
Hi bear face, welcome to the forum and the UK Forum especially.

What part of the UK are you in?

Smokin Monkey.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys im in bristol where bouts are you? really want to make myself a smoker but dont really have a clue. Starting off with the baffle plate have posted it in the reverse flow smokers forum so hopefully someone will guide me in right direction.
post #6 of 18
Hi I am from Nottingham, we have folks from Newark, Kent, Stoke, Scotland too many to name, so we have a good coverage, and I am sure (forgive me, can not remember) but their is a member from Bristol.

A lot of the RF Builders are from the other side of the Pond, but all are willing to help with design and build ideas.

One bit of advice, do not jump straight in, ask the question, put your design up for approval then start. Word of warning, you will get several answers to your questions.

Ask questions about Firebox size, firebox opening size, Stack diameter and lenght etc. Their is calculation to work these out and I am sure our neighbours from across the Pond will point you in the right direction!

Smokin Monkey welcome1.gif
post #7 of 18

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.

post #8 of 18

Hi Bearface - welcome to the forum


Scratch the surface of most regular BBQ grillers in the UK and you will find a dormant smoker just waiting to be set free. Unfortunately most are just not given that little extra spark needed for them to evolve from producing burned, dry sausages, burgers and chicken legs into creating some of the finest tasting food imaginable.


As Steve mentioned there are a few of us from the UK who post on here and it is great when fellow enthusiasts also discover the forum. We are not an exclusive group (far from it - as this years August meet proved) and we even take in the odd waifs and strays from ex-colonials who have escaped from Texas to re-discover the lands of their ancestors. Treat Danny gently as he is still trying to adjust to a more civilised way of life :biggrin:.


Worldwide, we are at all at different levels of experience and even the most die-hard smokers that contribute to the forum continue to learn new things as ideas and experiences are shared.


As was mentioned above, while you are designing your new smoker post up some of your design ideas before you put torch to metal as there are a few tried and tested design details that are best incorporated from the beginning, rather than having to re-engineer in at a later stage. Not all the advice you will receive will be identical as everyone has different experiences depending on the fuel they use, what they are smoking and even the altitude at which they live, however some of the basic design rules are fairly universal.


When you start your build don't forget to take lots of photos and keep us up to date as it progresses.



post #9 of 18

Coming from Bristol you may have come across Dr SweetSmoke as he is not far from you in Wiltshire. He has even taken his BBQ skills onto UK national television. When I was first in contact with him a few years ago he was one of the first people I had come across in the UK who had actually turned traditional slow smoked BBQ into a successful UK catering business.

post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Cheers guys cant wait to get started and try some amazing food. Dont know if any of you could help me with this not sure of baffle height from bottom of cc iv got some 3mm stainless plate or 6mm ss to make it with. Is it ok to make a smoker completely from stainless or will it conduct the heat differently?

Unsure what size hole to put in between fb and cc. Also what size gap to leave between end off cc and baffle plate or baffle plate height dolrom bottom off cc.

any help would really be appreciated
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post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
Was making a barrel bbq thats why I cut it in half will weld back together once iv fitted baffle etc
post #13 of 18

The size of your cook chamber determine's the FB to CC opening and pretty much all the rest



post #14 of 18
Welocome to the forum bearface!! You would be best off putting your build questions up on this part of the forum Then just start a new thread. There are alot of very talented people there that love to help with design, and build information.
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
Cheers wolfman iv already put a post on there but thought id add one to this thread as well want all the info I can get lol
post #16 of 18

Hiya Mate, Welcome to the forum, I look forward to seeing the end result........When do you think it will be finished?

post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
Its going to take a while I think. I dont want to rush it a miss something important that will be awkward to fix after iv finished. Im been reading lots of threads and getting some good info and great ideas so hopefully sooner rather than later will post pics as build progresses
post #18 of 18

Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
because their are so many different ways to make great Q...
Happy smoken.

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