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New Doors & Top for Old Brick Smoker

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I'm about 95% finished putting new doors and a top on my 20 year old brick smoker. When I originally built it I didn't know what I wanted to do for doors, so I just made some quick ones out of wood and used a chimney clean-out door for the firebox door. It worked, but everything leaked air like a sieve and was difficult to control sometimes.

 

Below are a couple pictures of the original setup.

 

       AppleMark

 

I got to my 95% finished point about 3 AM New Years Eve. Started a fire, let it burn until noon and then put a turkey and three slabs of ribs in the new top chamber. It works!!!  And I can't believe how well sealed all the doors are - close to zero smoke leaks out anywhere.  Below are some pictures:

 

Picture below: Back of smoker - round thing is old exit for smoke stack.

 

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Back wall is three plies of spruce that you see here - plus a 3/4" hunk of ply on inside.

 

Top of two plies of spruce (one bent on the outside), about 1.5" insulation, and then a steel liner on the inside.

 

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Front door is 5 plies spruce.

 

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New top and doors for cooking chamber. I doubled my cooking chamber volume.

 

 

 

Below is entire smoker.

 

 

 

Same as above only viewed from firebox side.

 

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I can hardly wait to do some more smoking!!!  Ribs and turkey New Years Eve were wonderful!

post #2 of 8

Very nicely done. It looks great! I see many years of great Q in your future.

Happy smoken.

David

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Thanks. Sorry for my ignorance, but what does "Q" mean? Is that simply short for BBQ?  th_dunno-1[1].gif

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Thanks. Sorry for my ignorance, but what does "Q" mean? Is that simply short for BBQ?  th_dunno-1[1].gif

YES

post #5 of 8

PV!   Simply awesome!   Not only awesome to look at, but awesome smoked meat on the inside!  Congrats!   From a fellow woodworker, job well done sir!

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Thank you very much Wes W.  I must say that your little rig has some very good looks also!

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Wow PV !!

 

Looks like plenty of hours in that one and it shows!  One heck of an upgrade!

 

It will be a talk piece when we all come over for ribs...thumb1.gif

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Thanks for the compliment Jim. Yeah, my little projects always take much longer than anticipated. I'm really glad I don't ever keep track of how long I spend doing these things - if I did I'm sure I would never do another! Spent some time with a few guests New Years Eve while doing my first smoke since the upgrade - yeah, a little ego booster!  I like it!!!  :439:

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