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I am pretty new to the smoke'n scene....my only experiences have been with a "Little Chief" smoker my dad gave me years ago.

 

My fascination with smoking was reignited a few weeks back after my younger brother brought his Bradley smoker along on our 4-wheeling trip.  My experience with smoking was limited to the use of a "little chief" electric smoker.   It required so much attention I quickly lost interest, then I saw his Bradley. I really liked the machine, the automation was great and my interest was instantly peaked. After getting home from the trip I immediately started researching smokers and initially decided the Bradley was for me.   After further research, and seeing all those custom builds, I got the bug to do my own thing instead of purchasing a ready made machine.  Before going further I should note one of my favorite hobbies is building machines so a DIY smoker seemed like just the right summer challenge for me.

 

My idea is to build a "portable" electric smoker that can be brought along camping and such.  I don't expect this build will be breaking any new ground or to create something that hasn't already been done a 100 times before.  For this build my thought is to pull the best ideas from the various smokers available and incorporate these ideas into a single machine.   

 

Well that's enough talk for now....let me show you some progress pictures.

 

The interior is all SS sheet, cut and formed to shape.

 

 


Edited by Rad Racer - 6/28/16 at 8:24pm
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I ordered the racks from amazon, they are made from heavy gauge 304 SS with 3/8" grid.  ~$20ea 

 

My smoker is sized to take standard sized cooling racks and "half sheet" baking (drip pan) for easy low cost replacement in the future.

 

 

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The smoke chamber is assembled with SS rivets.  

 

 

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Here I am making the shelf supports.  

These are made from .063" 5052 aluminum....light weight and strong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:popcorn

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After a little break I am finally back at my smoker project.

Installed the shelf supports and the convection fan.  

The fan is from a JennAir oven....it fits perfect.

 

 

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Making some headway.....heater installation is next.

 

 

post #8 of 14

Wow! Your quite the tin bender..

Is there a reason, other than cost and availability, that you went with 5052 instead of 7075-T6 for the aluminum? 

Any corrosion concerns with the SS and the aluminum?

Great looking build so far!

post #9 of 14
Looks cool! Nice start.

For me electric and camping don't go hand in hand. But the mini-WSM works! I off grid camp and hate generators. So that leaves charcoal,propane or wood as my only option. Always fun smoking up a big meal at camp!
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Originally Posted by Pit 4 Brains View Post
 

Wow! Your quite the tin bender..

Is there a reason, other than cost and availability, that you went with 5052 instead of 7075-T6 for the aluminum? 

Any corrosion concerns with the SS and the aluminum?

Great looking build so far!

I used 5052 because it bends easy and I had some on-hand....I also have some 6061 but it is tough to bend without cracking.  I would have liked to use SS but it meant a trip the the steel yard.

I am not too worried about corrosion....I can always replace the shelf supports if necessary.

 

Thanks glad you like the build. 

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Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003 View Post

Looks cool! Nice start.

For me electric and camping don't go hand in hand. But the mini-WSM works! I off grid camp and hate generators. So that leaves charcoal,propane or wood as my only option. Always fun smoking up a big meal at camp!

 

I hear you....off grid can be fun.   We do a lot of trips with our XP900 SXS, you gotta haul it......so it's toy haulers, generators and all the other stuff that goes with it.

 

BTW, you can't even hear a Honda 2000 if it's ~15ft away :grilling_smilie:

 

 

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I called a cow elk before dawn one morning pull-starting a Honda EU2000. I pulled it, didn't start but made that little squeak, a cow meowed(?) beck about 50 yards away. Unfortunately for her I had a cow elk tag in my backpack. 

I harvested her about a mile away after the sun came up..

They are some quiet generators though..

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Installed the heater assembly today.  The black material is a high temp fiberglass type material I had left over from a previous project.....this will prevent heat transfer from the element to the chassis.

post #14 of 14

Great looking build. Would love to see the finished product.  I'm located in Farmington, MN. Currently working on a fridge conversion. Just wondering what steel yard in the area has the best pricing???

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