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New guy in WA

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Found this forum, lots of interesting stuff . . . . .

Let me start off with saying, I've never owned a smoker, but love going to BBQ restaurants. I decided earlier this summer that I wanted to build myself a smoker, in order to enjoy some "Q" at home - more so than the gas grill can provide. I am "farily" handy but have never tackled something like this exactly. I searched the net, and looked at several pictures - (I'm too "frugal" to actually buy some plans). I'd like to build a reverse flow smoker, similar to what I've seen on the Lang or similar webiste. Here is what I have so far . . . .

I had an old air compressor tank laying around, along with some various pieces of scrap. The air tank is ~16" diameter, by ~38" long. The wall thickness is 3/16". I bought some 5/16" plate and cut it up to form a fire box that is basically a 16" cube. I'm somewhat "stuck" now on how high to make the reverse flow plate off the bottom, but under the food grates. Also, how far down into the box should I put the chimney? I've seen some pics where the chimney is cut flat or flush with the food grate, and others where a fishmouth is cut into the side of the chimney just higher than the grate. Then, I read today, someone suggested a smallish smoker like this could not be made into a reverse flow, and should be left as a standard flow smoker - why is this? I assumed that the reverse flow was a superior design - at least it sounded better to my, albiet un-smoker-educated, way of thinking anyway? Any help would be appreciated, I'm going to try and get this thing finished over the next couple of weekends. I still need to get legs, wheels, and some thermometers for it too.

Thanks in advance for any insight, and wish me luck on my first "smoke"!
post #2 of 17
That's a nice smoker! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
Welcome to the forum and good luck with your smoke.
post #3 of 17
Hey Craig,

Welcome....The smoker looks great!....There are some other Washington boys on this forum. Nice day to be in Washington, today anyway.
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks cowgirl! - it's been a fair bit of work just to get this far, I hope it will make good tasting ribs ;-)

One more question for the builders out there - do most of these use some type of fiberglass rope, or just a lip seal to close up the firebox? I'm a little worried about being able to control drafts w/o some type of seal?
post #5 of 17
Welcome to SMF! Glad you found us! Someone will be along to answer your question. Enjoy the forums!

Take care, have fun, and do good!


post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
Fishawn - your only a little north of me - any chance for some lessons? I live in La Center, just outside Vancouver.
post #7 of 17
Welcome to the SMF Craig. Looks like the makings of a fine Smoker. Like Fishawn said, there's a few of us Washingtonians that lurk around here. Where abouts in WA are you from? Good luck on the build.

post #8 of 17

Lessons?!.....I learned just like a lot of people on here, trial & error, test this, try that, and you can find anything about smoking from this group here. I must honestly say, that due to the information I have got on this site, I have yet to have anything turn out below average. As for lessons, seek the guidance of Dr. Richtee or one of the many other teachers on this site.

As for La Center, I lost my a$$ at the old casino there years ago on a fishing trip on the Lewis. No fish & No money coming home!
post #9 of 17
Hey Craig good luck.
post #10 of 17
Welcome to the forum craig! Nice lookin project ya got goin!
post #11 of 17
Happy smokes!!
post #12 of 17
Glad to have you with us as part of the SMF. Don't be shy with any questions, we are family.
post #13 of 17
Welcome to SMF. This is THE place to be.
post #14 of 17
Welcome aboard............Looks like you have a good start on a great smoker...........
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 

She's got legs . . . .

Makin' progress last night
post #16 of 17
Right on Craig, looks like you'lll be firing her up soon.

post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
No answers to the "build" questions - should I repost this in the "charcoal smoker" section?
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