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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hello all-
Just built myself a vertical drum smoker after reading much info on these on the web. First time I used it I did two slabs of spares and a beer can chicken. Everything turned out pretty well, but I think there's room for improvement. Looking forward to learning lots of tips and techniques from this forum. Tomorrow I'm throwing on a whole turkey, using travcoman45's brining and injecting method. Wish me luck!
post #2 of 19
Welcome to SMF. Lots of folks here to assist you on your journey into the thin blue smoke.
post #3 of 19
Welcome to SMF. Go Hokies.
post #4 of 19
Welcome to the SMF and congratulations on the new smoker. Hope you and your smoker (if not already) become the best of friends and you the envy of the neighborhood. Nothing better than some good Q, good friends and something cold to drink on a Saturday afternoon. Post often and we all like pictures.
post #5 of 19
welcome to SMF glad you joined in.
post #6 of 19
Welcome to the forum.
post #7 of 19
Welcome to SMF! Check out the 5 day e-course. Even if your not new to the quest for TBS, there is some good information and it's FREE.
Look forward to your posts - and of course, q-view.
post #8 of 19
Welcome aboard, glad to have ya! Hope the brine and injection are to your likin! Nothin like fine vittles you've crafted yerself in a piece of equipment ya done the same with!

Besure to give us some q-view of the smoke! Here's to the poultry!
post #9 of 19
Welcome to the forum. It's a great place. Alot of people with smokin smarts here.
May you smokes be thin and blue.
post #10 of 19
Welcome aboard!
post #11 of 19
Welcome to the SMF!!
post #12 of 19
welcome to SMF, friendly folks here to assist.
post #13 of 19
Welcome to the site...........Great place we have here..............
post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 

Whole Turkey with Q-view

Smoked a 13.5 lb. turkey using travcoman45's brining and injecting method. Brined for 16 hours. Smoked for three hours with Kingsford & mesquite chunks. Turned out great! Even my wife who doesn't care for smoked meat liked it. Q-view attached.

Thinking about moving on to a pork butt this weekend.
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post #15 of 19
From one newbie and Hokie to another, welcome!

Nice looking smoker. Wouldn't mind seeing some more pictures of it - like how it actually goes together.

I wanted to look into making a smoker from a drum, but wasn't sure where to get the drum, how to go about cutting it and putting it together.

I have access to welding equipment, but lack the supplies and knowledge. Currently looking for a place to buy expanded metal for some mods on my other smokers.

VT class of '95! Hokie proud.......before we had a good football team!
post #16 of 19
nice turkey. yum.
post #17 of 19
Welcome to the forum Hokie. Awesome Qview too!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #18 of 19
Hi Hokie, welcome to the forum and thanks for the pic of your smoker. Thats a real nice unit you have made there. Got a sister and her two sons that are Hokies, so I say YAY! to that.
As for me...Go VMI Keydets!
post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 

Smoker Build

I actually got inspired by my brother-in-law who built a large double barrel smoker on a trailer. I don't have the room for something like that, but I wanted to be able to smoke meat. Having seen the vertical smokers like the GOSM and the ECB, I thought why not make one from a drum? I had no idea how much info there already was on the web about designs and tweaks on this concept. I may get abused here for saying this, but most of what I found was on a competing forum. icon_redface.gif After reading a 65-page post on that forum, I set about building my smoker.

I found a local dealer that had reconditioned open-head drums for $30 and picked one up. I then used a propane torch to burn off anything that may have been undesirable on the inside, followed by two extended burns with charcoal just to make sure. After the burns I seasoned the interior with veg. oil to prevent rust.

I drilled holes that would accomodate peg hooks at 5" from the top and at 9" down, at 90 degrees from each other. The hooks I had were the kind that have two prongs to fit into pegboard, but I ground off the lower one on each hook. The idea here was to allow one set or the other to be removed easily to accommodate single- or double-rack smoking.

I bought two replacement cooking grates for a Weber kettle at Home Depot, which fit perfectly in a standard 55-gallon drum. I scrounged up a rectangular pan to catch the ash and an expanded metal grate to hold the fuel.

Because I have a wooden deck and was worried about the heat effects on the decking, I raised up the drum by about 5" by installing feet on the bottom. No problems with heat damage thusfar.

Drilled 3 holes for air vents about 2" from the bottom of the drum and threaded in 1/2" pipe nipples. Two of the nipples are equipped with pipe caps, while the third has a ball valve for fine tuning the air flow.

I also drilled a port for a digital temperature probe just below the lower rack and installed a compression fitting to allow the probe to be removed and replaced.

I just recently added a handle for the lid and a hook on the underside of the lid to hang it on the side of the drum while tending the meat.

Future planned mods: Second temperature probe port just below the upper rack, add a rack/shelf to hold temperature readout(s), add two sides to the fuel basket with expanded metal, paint the smoker in Hokie colors and logo!

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