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Hello from Charleston, SC! I have been doing a little smoking over the last year or so on a home made smoker made out of terra cotta flower pots. I have cooked ribs, boston butts and a few beer can chickens and am just trying to perfect some basic methods. I'm probably looked down upon by the majority of the purists for using my electric smoker, but I'm new at it and like the ability to walk away for a few hours to attend to the kids of do some yard work. I'm interested in dropping a few dollars for a new smoker soon. I'd like to buy one that will last me quite a while. Just thought I would talk to a few others with more experience than myself.

For those that are curious, here's a few details aboout the terra cotta smoker:

I saw it on Alton Brown's show on the food network. Basically, it is an 18 inch clay pot with another 18 inch clay pot flipped upside down so that both of their rims and touching exactly. The bottom pot is eleveated on bricks about six inches off of the ground. I have a small electric burner element in the bottom of the first pot. The cord runs out of the drainage hole and plugs into the wall. My small, iron wood chip box sits on top of the element. Just above that, I have a 12 inch grill grate that holds my water pan. At the very top of the pot I have an 18 inch grill grate that just barely fits in the pot. This is my grilling surface. The second pot is flipped upside down and placed on top. I put my meat thermometer in the drainage hole of this pot. Works pretty good. I have a few kinks to work out.
post #2 of 17
Welcome to the forum Hamilton, glad to have you here!! :)
post #3 of 17
Welcome to the forum Hamilton, I'm sure you will love it here.
I don't think anyone will look down on you, or anyone else for that matter, no matter what you are smoking with, the important thing is that you have entered the realm of smoke. Hopefully you will get some great ideas from here, and Qview is always a plus.
post #4 of 17
Welcome to SMF double H. It sounds like you have already been doing the smokin gig. There is a lot of good information here. Share your pics and experience with us.
post #5 of 17
Welcome aboard!
post #6 of 17
Welcome to SMF. Take advantage of the info available here in both the posts as well as the members who love to share their knowledge.
post #7 of 17
Good to have you along!
post #8 of 17
Welcome to the SMF. How about posting some pics of you smoker. Sounds interesting.
post #9 of 17
oh yea whaqt he said ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^& and a big welcome to smf H.H lots of good info here
post #10 of 17
Welcome Aboard!
post #11 of 17
Welcome to the forum!! I'm just up the road from you.
post #12 of 17
Welcome to the SMF. I saw that episode of Good Eats, can't wait to see it in action with some Qview.
post #13 of 17
Welcome to the SMF family, glad to have you.

Sure would love to see some pics of that smoker, sounds interesting.

Don't worry about being looked down on, we have a wide variety of smokers on here, everything from gas to stick burners.

Good luck, lots of good info to be had around here
post #14 of 17
Welcome to the forums, HH! Glad you joined us. You'll like it here, lots of great people with good, friendly advice for the askin'.
post #15 of 17

Hello H.H...............;}-

Well now, we welcome you to the SMFPDT_Armataz_01_40.gif

Am AB fan huh? Well, nothing wrong with that, as long as the end result is right for youicon_exclaim.gif
Good luck on your mission to up-grade. When you make your mind up as to what you want,go 1 size bigger,you'll be glad you didPDT_Armataz_01_24.gif
Smoke Happy
post #16 of 17
Welcome to the SMF! I'd love to see that smoker too. Hopefully with something cooking in ittongue.gif . Kudos to you for building your own. Probably makes the food taste better knowing you built the smoker!
post #17 of 17
Welcome to the board!!!!! Fun place great resource.
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