Just found this forum while doing some research for one of my winter projects. My name is Chris and I live in the Boston area. I have done a few (6-8) smokes on my Weber kettle grill over the past year or so and I have really enjoyed the food. I haven't really branched out much, having only done baby back ribs and some chicken wings at the moment.
A friend who was also into smoking just moved back up to Maine and didn't want to haul his smoker up with him (He is going to buy a better one next summer). His smoker was actually found on the side of the road down the street from him, so it is in need of some work, he only got to use it once or twice before he moved.
What has now become my winter project is a Char-Broil offset smoker. Reading up about these on the web tells me that they are really not the greatest quality smoker, which is to be expected. But my investment is $0 at this point so it can only get better. I got the smoker to my place, and have disassembled it at the moment. Plans are as follows:
- Strip all the flaking paint off
- Weld shut hole for current chimney
- Relocate chimney to fire box side of smoker
- Create a sheet metal smoke channel across bottom of the cooking box
- Repaint everything with high heat ceramic paint
- Replace all rusted out hardware with better quality parts
- Seal up all leak paths with either high temp felt or exhaust gasket paste
- Wrap cooking box with welding blanket
- Make a new, stronger shelf across the front
As you can see I am going to convert it to a reverse flow offset smoker to get better heat distribution, as well as insulate it a bit better to retain the heat and minimize temperature spikes. Also try to make it look a little nicer and prevent any further rust.
Here are a few pics of the project