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My homemade smoker comes to life

post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 
Here are some pics of my smoker that I recently completed. Framed out, covered with insulation in bottom, closed, open with all insulation installed, painted and cooking.
post #2 of 41
Looking good Goat.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif How was the meat?
post #3 of 41
Sweet! looks good!
post #4 of 41
VERY Kewl Goat , great lookin job , how's she run ?PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #5 of 41
Nice job Goat! How did it do?
post #6 of 41
How did she come up to temp? Did it hold?
post #7 of 41
very nice workPDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #8 of 41
Great work Goat! QVIEW, QVIEW, QVIEW!
post #9 of 41
looks like a fine smoker Goat!!!

post #10 of 41
Thats a dandy Daryle,icon_biggrin.gif you did say it was a dedicated cold smoker didn't you? I used the same silver faced insulation in my cold smoker and have had it up to 187 degrees with no problem. Have fun and congrats on the big buck.
post #11 of 41
Say Goat, those are really impressive pictures you're sharing with us. I always admire a homegrown piece of work. Great job!
post #12 of 41
yeah.......i was going to ask that question........this just a cold smoker than?

good job

post #13 of 41
Looks good, how did your first smoke turn out?
post #14 of 41
Looks good. Love it when a plan comes together!
post #15 of 41
Nice work. It must be nice to be that handy.
post #16 of 41
Thread Starter 
I followed DJDebi's advice and sprayed the inside with Pam and cranked it up to 250* for a while. No problem, the temp came up and held. I had a chuck roast thawed so I seasoned it and put it in the smoker. I put in some mesquite chunks and set the temp at 200*. I covered up the air hole that I had cut in the bottom with some grey tape for the moment. The temp came on up to about 255* with the heat off the wood. I left the roast in for 7 hours and it was time to eat. The roast looked done yet only showed to be 145* internal. I sliced part of it and we ate anyway. It was a little tough yet. After dinner, I put the roast in the oven for 2 more hours at 225* and it was falling apart. I now know the plan.

Look for some venison bacon and slim jims to come out later this week.
post #17 of 41
Great job on the smoker ... PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #18 of 41
Daryle the smoker looks great and that chuck is just got me droolin'! PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

You just gave me some more ideas from redesiging my wind break! Gettig cold again! God Bless!
post #19 of 41
So was the vent an advantage for flow, or did you have enough "leakage" to allow smoke to convect out without it?

Also, I'd be interested in how the vent will affect temps.

Been pondering building a smaller one of these for use as an electric, or cold smoke box.

Thanks Goat!
post #20 of 41

What size hotplate did you end up going with?
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