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post #1 of 27
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You guys in Nrth America are so lucky your choice of gear at a price you can afford is good. Down under the best I can find in New Zealand is a Canadian gas BBQ to do the job. And I have sort of no quibbles as it does it ok but only as a bbq smoker if you know what I mean.

I have been smoking for years (30) and never realized that I was doing wrong until I got here.

But for all that most of it was still good. It has just got better with the new bbq (2yrs old:).
However!!! I have been prowling here for a while now and I see that I need to build myself a proper smoker.

Plans please and I am prepared to pay for reasonably priced .dwg's. Keep in mind kiwi dollars are worth only half of yours :) and I am looking at one of those two stage smokers preferably.
post #2 of 27
Welcome Buchermike!
post #3 of 27
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us here. I believe there are quite a few members who have built their own smokers. Feel free to start posting and asking questions.
post #4 of 27
Welcome. Look around the site and ask questions. There is a wealth of knowledge here and we love to help. Keep your money for the eggs! HA HA!
Try this link for some ideas.
post #5 of 27
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Thanks Dawn.

I need to know a rough fire box diameter and length coupled with the smoker M3.
Then I will have to design a vent system for the fire.
post #6 of 27
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Thank you. Your link is very good.
post #7 of 27
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Thanks Vtanker.
post #8 of 27
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you aboard.
post #9 of 27
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Thanks Bassman.

Nice to be here.

Bass? I would like some day to try your Bass fishing :)
post #10 of 27
Welcome to SMF.
post #11 of 27
Welcome aboard Mike...nice ta have ya here
post #12 of 27
Welcome to SMF, Buchermike! You are now among friends. I would venture to say that you'll get all the advice and technical assistance you need in building your own rig. There are many here who have built their own.
post #13 of 27
G'day Butchermike.
Welcome to the SMF! You will become an expert here. There are a LOT of experts here. I understand your difficulties finding the stuff you need to make good smoke, but it can be done. I am a Texan, who went into withdrawal when I moved to Auckland several years ago. I found a great smoker there and here is the link for you to have a look (www.kiwismokehouse.co.nz). I have to admit, I still use this smoker now that I am back in the states. It really does a great job. I have found that using charcoal chunks works best and I use cherry and oak for flavor. The smoker really allows me to control the heat well. I will recommend that you purchase a good thermometer and use it every time. To me, that is the real trick of making good Q.
I really enjoyed introducing my Kiwi friends to barbq. When we left for the states, we had a big party and I smoked a bunch of brisket and we really had a blast. Anyway, I wish you the best with your smokiing. By the way, where are you located. We lived in Red Beach (north of Auckland) and had a great view of Kawau Island from our deck. Boy do I miss that. Have a read of the website and let me know what you think.
post #14 of 27
welcome to SMF Mike.. great place and a lot of great pople here.
post #15 of 27
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Oz that smoker looks ok. The factory is just down the road from where I work so I will call in and have a look. Thanks.
I live in Manukau Ciy. No sea veiws for me though :)
post #16 of 27
I saved one for you! I know where there are more like this one.biggrin.gif

post #17 of 27
Welcome to SMF
post #18 of 27
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Awsome fish.
post #19 of 27
Welcome to the SMF, you've got the right attitude to make some smoke and Q too!
post #20 of 27
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Thank you. I have bbq'n for about the last 20 or so years but didn't really know what I was doing.
I found this site after a friend went to America about 5yrs ago and started explaining to me what an American BBQ consisted of and showed me a book.

But just recently the canadian gas bbq does quite a reasonable job. But I want to get set up with a real McKoy BBQ..

Thank you to all of you for your posts and help.
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