I've been a long time lurker here, but SMF has been my go to forum for all my bbq inspirations. When I decided to try building a smoker, I read every thread in the brick build forum. You guys are awesome.
A few details on this build; I live in rural Missouri, so no building codes or inspectors to deal with. I have ZERO experience with anything masonry. This was literally the first time I've ever mortared two blocks together. My plan was to keep it simple. I needed straight lines and as few moving parts as I could manage.
I'm building this on the concrete slab in front of my house. I decided to tie it in to a retaining wall. I figured that would help me keeping my lines straight and level.
My original layout. I decided to put a lid on the fire box rather than a side door, a product of my aversion to moving parts.
I completed the fire box and the base for the smoke chamber. I used cinder cap blocks for the walls of the fire box and for the base of the smoke chamber. The fire box was built with an 8x8" opening which will flow into the smoke chamber.
Side view. I ran the smoke chamber onto the retaining wall behind it.
Before I set the brick, I decided to add a grill section on the other side. The total length ended up just under 7" long. The fire box is 24x24, the smoke chamber is 40x32, and the grill section is 24x32.
Building up the smoke chamber. I ended up four courses high, so 32" tall.
Front view. The doors are a set of fireplace doors that I picked up on Craigslist for $100. They fit my opening perfectly!