I have a large 250 gallon fuel tank smoker. I've been looking at different ways of smoking jerkey but they all seem to be over direct heat. Does anyone have any advice on how to make jerkey in a RFS? I would like a decent start before I ruin a bunch of meat.
Beef Jerkey in a RFS
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I'm at work but I will try to post pictures of my smoker later. It's ancient and was not built by anyone who knew what they were doing. The tank is basically cut in half with a wall in the middle. Half is my food chamber the entire other half is fire box. It's what I learned to smoke on. Only controls I have as far as heat go is leaving wood box door open, opening cook chamber door slightly, and a 6 inch vent I can screw in and out at the bottom of fire box. It's actually quite impressive the stuff I manage to cook after seeing some of the awesome smokers on here.
Check out smoking-aces build... He is very happy with it's performance..
If you are just wanting to make jerky, look at other smoker builds in the smoker section... many can be made pretty easy for darn near nothing but used stuff... Pallets for wooden smoke houses... 55 gallon barrels for Ugly Drum Smokers...
It's definitely a battle every time I cook. That huge FB that takes up half the smoker and holes in it make it a constant battle to maintain 225 and it takes a bunch of wood every time. At the risk of damage to my man card I will say my wife just graduated from welding school and I have 2 more tanks like that. She's going to build one once we get her a mig welder (her tool of choice I know nothing about welding) and a better torch.