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Jaez, I am wowed by your progress and final appearance. This is another idea of smoker I was going to attempt but my ideas got me to where I am. (in fact, I had 1500 free brick delivery 20 minutes ago)
We/I share the same difficulty with brick/block laying but anyone can do it with patients as our good friend Wes and others had told me many times. I had seen other newbies, local and internet both try and succeed!!
I am currently building a "replica" of Wes' smoker with a few twists, will all be posted this next year.
I applaud your efforts as the rest of us builders!!
We all could just settle for a charbroil tin can, but this shows hobbyists an insight of enjoyment to your personal life!!
Well, I fired it up a couple times before Turkey Day and tried to dry out the wood. The wood was so wet when I was cutting it that I could see the water oozing out around the cuts. I had a hard time getting the temp up over 275, but on Turkey Day it magically (probably finally dried out the wood enough) got up to about 310. Now I just need to tinker with it a little to dial it in even better.
I need to seal up some cracks in the top... It's been raining for the last couple days and when I looked inside to see if it was getting wet or not I found a good sized stream of water running down the back wall. I'm also thinking about adding on a little smoking cubby somewhere since the tube smoker wouldn't stay lit. I was running a bit hot for it, but I think there isn't going to be enough oxygen for it at the lower temps either...
Here's a pic from the first run. This is about an hour into the smoke. I can slide in up to 5 racks that are all 2'x2'... That's going to be a lot of ribs sometime soon...
Well, last weekend I took a hammer to the firebox and ripped out the bottom layer of blocks so that I have more room in there. It was only about 10-12 inches tall and a pain to reload when the charcoal started getting low. Now I have it laid out so that there is almost a 2 foot high opening. I just need to mix up some mortar and set the new blocks in place. Going to try and do that this weekend. Will post some new pics unless I get lazy and do nothing over the weekend...