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I've never smoked anything.  Been looking at many smokers on line and trying to learn as much as i can.  I like to build things.  Have a small work shop in my garage. A little background.  I'm in my 60s , retired , live in Mi., Wing Nut comes from my time in the Air Force, it was not a carrier.


On my way north this spring i'm going to stop in Lynchburg Tn. and buy a barrel from Jack Daniels ( empty ) Full would be nice but to expensive.  I saw the picture of the smoker made from a wine barrel.  I would love to build a smoker like that. Would appreciate any and all information i can get.  Would be glad to pay for detailed plans if they are available  


Thank you very much in advance.


Wing Nut   "ED"

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texas.gif  Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a rainy here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.



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Welcome Wingnut. I am about an hour south of Lynchburg. You can pick up a barrel cheaper but it definitely would not have the same mystique. I look forward to your build.
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texas.gif   I too will looking forward to watching you build



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Welcome to the site Ed.  I know of a fellow, on another smoking discussion page, who made a smoker out of a wooden barrel.


It's been several years since I read about his experience and I can't remember if he burned coals in the barrel or only used it with an external smoke generator.  I do remember that he eventually gave up on it as it was too difficult to keep the barrel from drying out and opening up at the stave seams.  Hope that I haven't discouraged you as that was not my intent.  I hope that you find a way to make it work and post up pictures of your build.

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