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My Brick Build

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

Hi all,


After some useful advice I embarked on my build this weekend.  I decided on a brick build because I had a ton of bricks leftover from some work in the garden, plus I wanted to try my hand at brick laying.


Its tiny compared to most of the beautiful big brick smokers here, and as you can see my brick laying skills leave something to be desired but it was great fun to make a start and very satisfying.  I'm based in central London, UK so don't have too much space to build a bigger smoker!

Will post more photos as the build progresses.



Bottom course laid on a sturdy path at the back of the garden.



Three courses up and the bottom filled with concrete to take a hearth of 75mm firebrick.

post #2 of 19

Looks like a great start!



post #3 of 19

Looking good!!   Keep us posted on the progress



post #4 of 19
Hi Leoric, good start, Wes W is the man for brick built.

Seen you have been a member since June 2015, have you introduced yourself on the Roll Call, and also the UK group Roll Call?

Please take time to look at the UK Smokers Forum,

And introduce your self on the UK Roll Call

We have had our 2nd UK Smokes weekend, where members attend and cooked over the weekend, dates and plans are already in place for 2016. Please use the link below to view the website.

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post #5 of 19
Keep it coming. I like watching these things go up.
post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks all.  More progress at the weekend, fire brick base and side vents in place...




post #7 of 19

Looking good!   

post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 

Managed to get the lower door lintel in and the rack supports which are just mild steel plates embedded in mortar joints.  The lower ones will support plate steel removable baffles, the upper will support the food racks.


post #9 of 19

Looks really good.   Be sure you have enough support for your racks.   Two to three butts can weigh up to 24-30lbs.    

post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 

Wes, good point, i might double up those supports.  I didn't want any centrally in case i wanted to hang joints from the lid - i was planning on casting some hooks into the concrete top for this purpose.

post #11 of 19
Looks great so far.
post #12 of 19

Looks great, You will enjoy this when its done! I admire a  person for their own builds!

post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 

Brickwork and supports done, all thats left is the lid and the door!




post #14 of 19
That's coming along great!
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 

And its finished!  Haven't fired it up yet but will do so this weekend and hope it all works ok!  Thanks for all your help during the construction.



post #16 of 19

Great job.....looks fantastic!!

post #17 of 19
Racks are in, when are you starting it up?
post #18 of 19

Just a thought.   The brick work needs to cure for at least 30-45 days before you bring it up to smoker temp.   If the masonry isn't cured, it will crack.    


Awesome build!    You won't be disappointed with the outcome.

post #19 of 19

Looking Good....staying tuned     cheers.gif 

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