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Finished my smoker

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Hey yall

Ive been reading through the forums for awhile now and figured I join. There is a ton of good info here with like minded people needless to say I'm glad I ran across it!

Alright so I decided awhile ago I wanted to build a smoker, one that fit my needs. I told my self before I do that I need to smoke consistently or do if frequently enough where a nice smoker would get used instead of sit and rust. So I put in the time, wore my little red weber smoker out and made some good briskets and butts. I lucked out because my supervisor let me build it during breaks at work and if it was in the scrap rack I could use it. My idea was to make a smoker that consumed less fuel and was large enough to cook two full size briskets by hanging, two racks of ribs, house three trays and be able to grill/sear if needed. Of course not all at once. So i did just that on the bottom i put a drop box for coals which one of the grates can sit over for grilling it features a side vent. When im not using it for grilling just smoking the drip pan sits in the coal box. Then there are three spaces for shelves and four hooks at the top. I burned an painted it last weekend with no food. It held 230 on the money for atleast three hours on four chunks of hickory and no coals. Im very satisfied with it considering its my first build. There are somethings I could've done different but that knowledge will serve me well on the next one. Enjoy!







post #2 of 9

Awesome, Do you have a way to damper your smoke stack? Like the diamond plate. Should hold heat pretty good. Good job! Put some meat in it and send us a Qview. Thanks for sharing

 

:Looks-Great:

post #3 of 9
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Absoulety it is welded to a plate that I cut to fit the id of the stack. I notched out an opening and the stack is bolted to the top so its swivels with a coller around to keep it steady. So when i need to damper the out put i just turn the stack to open or close. If anyone wants specific pics let me know i would be happy to post them. Thank you! I definitely will post some q pics. Ill be smoking a butt soon for my supervisors at work as a way of thanking them for letting me build it.
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Absoulety it is welded to a plate that I cut to fit the id of the stack. I notched out an opening and the stack is bolted to the top so its swivels with a coller around to keep it steady. So when i need to damper the out put i just turn the stack to open or close. If anyone wants specific pics let me know i would be happy to post them. Thank you! I definitely will post some q pics. Ill be smoking a butt soon for my supervisors at work as a way of thanking them for letting me build it.
Would like to see a closeup of the damper please.
post #5 of 9
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No problem ill take one tonight
post #6 of 9

What are the inside dimensions of your smoker?

post #7 of 9
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13.5in x 12in x 3ft. Its small compared to most but the way i see it a large smoker was unnecessary for what i do (feeding the fam and small get togethers) and I grill/smoke up to three times a week. While it would be nice fueling a full size chamber would cost me more to keep it hot for up to 10hrs. With the coal box damper 3/4 closed it maintained good temp on a small fuel source. Thats probably also due in part to the heat seal on the door and i seal welding everything.
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Here is a better pic that shows how the grate system works for the bottom for grilling and searing also you can see the hooks. They are welded to 1/2 pipe which sides over round bar so i can slide them to either side.

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No problem ill take one tonight
Thanks
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