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New guy from Puyallup Wa. Need Advice.....

post #1 of 23
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Found this great forum during a google search after watching one too many youtube vids.

Anyways, I have been using a SnP pro circa 1996 or so as a grill and a bbq smoker. One of the heavy ones that is fully welded. It was still horribly hard to control when using it as an offset smoker. It was like it didn't do either very well between smoking or grilling.

Last weekend I got this hair up my behind to take the firebox off the SnP and weld up the hole in the end and built a new vent. Now I have a nice fancy charcoal grill that seems to be far more efficient at grilling.

That is all great and fancy but my real question is,

I would like to build a fairly tiny reverse flow smoker out of the old firebox(firebox would now be the cook chamber).

Here are my plans, use the old firebox which is appox 17 gallons as the cook chamber and a 7 gallon firebox and set it up reverse flow.

Why so small you ask? I would like it to be as portable as can be by one person and be able to haul in my 5th wheel trailer for trips.

I would like to be able to use charcoal and or wood. May even setup a propane ignition to light off the fuel.

I am sure many of you have seen the tiny offset rig on youtube.

Is this a feasable idea or simply ridiculous?

Sorry for the wordy first post here but it's the only way I know how to get my points and questions out there.

post #2 of 23
Welcome to the SMF Steve, We are glad to have you onboard
post #3 of 23
Hello Steve and welcome to SMF - someone will have an answer for you soon - glad to have you with us
post #4 of 23
Welcome to SMF, Steve. Glad you joined us.
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post #6 of 23
From just north of you, WELCOME aboard. You will get an answer from someone very soon.
post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks fellas
post #8 of 23
Thread Starter 
When I get a bit more time I will try and set up a new thread in the reverse flow forum.

Hope to start doing some more fabrication this weekend.
post #9 of 23
I say if you can dream it, have the tools and the skills, build it! for me, the process and what you learn along the way is most of the fun! I think your idea is completely feasable; dont forget to document your project...I would love to see it!
check out this link...

I have an old steel 72 scuba tank... Hmmm....

by the way, what is "below the surface" in your avatar pic? don't see blowers around every day!!
post #10 of 23
Welcome to the forum. If you just need a small portable all-in-one you might consider picking up a used ECB (El Chepo Brinkman) vertical smoker. You can usually find one on Craigslist for about $30, and as many people on this forum will attest you can turn out some good Que on them. Best off all they would fit into a truck real easy for that camping trip. biggrin.gif
post #11 of 23
Welcome! I'm out in Hoodsport on the canal. I dont see why your idea wouldent work, in fact you may be on to something. Good luck.
post #12 of 23
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
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Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks here and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview. icon_smile.gif
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welcome, glad you here
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Welcome to smf icon_wink.gif
post #16 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks badfrog,

I like to dream and fabricate but I need for it to work as well.

I busted out the ole superchager from the australian ford falcon interceptor from Road Warrior as I don't think this particular forum is partial to any kind of womanz exploitation avatars hehe.
post #17 of 23
Thread Starter 

can I back post qviews?

I have a ton of brisket photos and beer can chickens shots.
post #18 of 23
Thread Starter 
Well that would work but I have the stuff and I work with my hands. I like challanges and I like to weld.

Sounds like a fun project. I just want to make sure I am not wasting my time in a design that is not wise because of it's size.
post #19 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks again fellas for the welcomes,

This is what I am looking to build only without copying the whole entire design.

It's not my picture.

post #20 of 23
Welcome the the SMF forum. Enjoy your stay here sir.
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