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Whos made a homemade wood smoker?

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Edited by Meat Hunter - 5/26/10 at 5:10pm
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I built one last summer. I even have a picture someplace that I cannot find! I ran the exhaust out the end - about half the height of the smoker. No reason other then that is how I did it. Good Luck with your build.
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My stack is flush mounted with the top but i made a piece of pipe i can put in from the bottom if i want to drop the level of it (i never have-it works fine the way it is). As you can see from the pix, mine is also a reverse flow.
I did not put a damper on mine. I guess they would be good-i didn't do it and dont have any problems now that i have learned how to use it. Once you have used a smoker a few times, you kinda learn the tricks on how much wood , when to put it on, how often etc. I did put a stack damper on mine which stays open about 3/4 all the time. Like i said, It's all in learning the nature of your smoker. Since you are building it yourself, you will have to learn what works on your smoker. My air intakes usually are wide open when i load wood in, but once it gets going good, i usually crank those back too. The first few times i used it, i took extensive notes on times, temps, number of sticks of wood added at a time, adjustments made to stack damper and air intakes and the effects it had on the temps etc etc. It really helped at first to learn when and what to do. I don't need to do that anymore since i have become more familiar with the beast. The last couple o time's i've smoked, i actually began using charcoal too, then adding wood occasionally for flavor. This seems to work better for me and it is a whole lot less labor intensve. I load the fire-box tray up with charcoal and light the very back edge and let it slowly burn it's way towards the front, adding a few sticks of hickory as it goes for flavor. One load of charcoal went for nearly 6 hours last smoke, then i finished up with seasoned hickory.

here's a couple o pix of mine.
be sure and keep us posted with pix of your build and your first smoke! we dig that kind of thing!
have fun!

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Nice rig Bob, what are the dimensions of you smoker?
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Thanks RickW,

It's made from a 60 gal air compressor tank. Measures about four feet wide and is about 20 inches deep. The firebox is a 30 gal air compressor tank. I haven't measured the entire unit, but i'm guessin about 10 ft. from tounge to tail. Pulls like a dream, i don't even know it's back there.
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Here's this old guy again. As always..making a few more mods as we speak.
Always seem to find something new to do to it in the off season.
The stacks both come down to the top rack and both have dampeners to help distro the heat.
This year we're adding a direct route for some of the firebox heat to get up into the rib box.
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Nice rig Rok!
man than thing is a heavy duty work of art!

me likey!
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