Hello all my name is Shawn and I am from Boise, Idaho. I have done some smoking on little chiefs and threw some wood on a bbq grill, but never any serious smoking. I currently do not have a smoker. The plan is to build a DIY smoker. I decided to join the forum due to all the information I have been gathering from it. I had an old little chief a couple years ago I had got from a yard sale. Well long story short I sold it due to thinking we were moving a long ways away. As it was my wife before that had never had smoked trout so while I had it I did a lot of trout on the sucker. It would take like 8 hours to smoke a whole load of fish filets due to the unit being older.
So now onto my DIY project. I am planning on doing a cheap build with a trashcan or something similar in the same price range for now. (I have done a ton of research so please do not bash the idea. and I can't afford something more right now.) I decided the fuel source i want is charcoal. Due to this I went to the thrift store with my wife last night and found a nice picnic table top round hibachi for five dollars. I plan to cut a door, hinge it, latch it, and use BBQ gasket on it so secure the air leak. I will then cut 4 2" air holes in the base of the can and 2 in the lid, of course close-able. To close the holes and regulate air flow I plan to use some small bolts with strong small springs, the gasket, and steel soup can lids.
I plan to use a metal pizza pan, the kind with holes, as a heat shield just above the hibachi. I will install a grate and some dowels towards the top of the can. The dowels I want to be removable and will plug off those holes to maintain the air control using small pieces of dowels. I will have a temp gauge and will use High heat Velcro to hold the water heater insulation in place.
So far that is my plans. Please be kind.
I plan to have it built by middle of next month. will post pics. Any advise would be cool.
(Since writing this post I have done research and found some barrels for cheaper then the trashcans and now my build will be a UDS. I am currently gathering the materials and supplies before I get the barrel and start building.)
Edited by IdahoMuskrat - 3/21/16 at 1:34pm