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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I got pics! Look 'em over... What exactly do I have? Any suggestions as far as techniques/procedures/tips for using it?

I did throw some sticks and stuff in it last night, created a TON of smoke with the door closed, when I opened it, it burned like crazy.
Ok, here they are:

Buncha rust flakes... Yikes!

Plenty of room, Should I use logs? lump charcoal? or charcoal briquettes?

Top of the stack... No control... any thoughts?

The whole deal.

Thanks guys!
post #2 of 16
You, Sir- have a project. And it's a grill near as I can tell. Unless the firebox is in some way sealed off from the grill? Can't tell from the HUGE picts LOL...
post #3 of 16
Yep, Looks like a grill to me also and lots-o-wirebrush or sandblaster
post #4 of 16
Looks like and interesting cooker Harmoman. Bet it will clean up nice and put out some good food!
Welcome to the forum too.smile.gif
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Aww! Heck! So what does that mean? can I still use it to smoke? Aside from "shoring up" the sides to keep the smoke in, is there any modifications I can do to make it more smoker-like?

I'm planning on scraping and wire brushing... Should I get it down to silver?
post #6 of 16
Get us a shot with one grate in and one out... down into the firepit from the top.
post #7 of 16
What Richtee said...
post #8 of 16
Its a big ole grill that someone put a half a drum on for a lid! You could use it for a smoker, but there is alot of work to do. First of all, in the door is 2 vents. Looks like the threads are rusted pretty good. Gotta clean them up, and then be able to thread the vents open, by cranking them out. That will get the fire burning, thats why there was so much smoke, no ventilation! Gonna need new grates. Those will be so pitted when finally cleaned, I doubt you will be able to keep em clean. Its a big project for a newby. That thing would make a great firebox for an offset smoker!

At least ya go nothin in to it!PDT_Armataz_01_05.gif
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Capt Dan-
This is true- I've put nothing into it...
I was able to crank the vents open last night (Had to work'em with some vice-grips and WD40) but they do open now... However, you may be right that there isn't much ventilation... even with them open all the way...
So if I were to convert this to a offset, what would I need? A pipe, over to a smaller box that you put the meat, for the heat and smoke?

post #10 of 16
If you know what an offset smoker is, the box is usualy connected to the smoking chamber.

This is my big smoker, notice the box on the end next to the chamber itself. Here is a smaller cheaper type, my other smoker.

Notice how the fire is not in direct contact with the food or grates, that is what grilling is.

Thes 2 smokers shown above have 16x16 box, and 24x24 box, your grill would be a very large box, big enough for a 8 ft long smoker! It is possible to make your grill a smoker, but it might not be very practical. For the money you will need to invest, you could get a smoker, and modify it, and be better off.Just my opinion, and sorry for less than impressive news.
post #11 of 16
Or you could install a baffle plate between the firebox and the smoking chamber, make it heavy ...hmmm will post a drawing later with an idea.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Capt Dan- I do appreciate you being upfront... I have no problems with the straight truth...
I gather from what you guys (Capt Dan and Richtee) are saying, I really need to deflect the heat and smoke... It's already heavy enough... I don't know how I'd ever git rid of it...

If I can modify it a bit, with little investment, at least to make it work, I'd be alright with that...

Oh, as far as the grate goes, do you think I could grind down the surface, to get the pits out?

Thanks again!
post #13 of 16
yes you could grind em down, but you might be able to find new ones the same size too, for just a few bucks each.
post #14 of 16
Maybe he should look into Dutch's electrocleaning eh?
post #15 of 16
Thats a heck of a project..............You could make new grates with some expanded mesh ...........Keep us posted on what you do to it...............
post #16 of 16
Last year I added a Chargriller side fire box to my GOSM propane unit.
I paid $59.00 for the fire box and using a jigsaw cut a hole into the GOSM where I wanted to mount the box. You might be able to do something like that to your unit.

Here is a link to the pic's.
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