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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Greetings! Looks like I found the place to get started!

Currently I live in Omaha Nebraska, been here about half my life and I'll be 29 in a couple months. My father is a chef and a hunter so I've grown up on tasty smoked morsels of various juicy animals.

My friend that is finishing his welding degree just dropped this little guy off today...

Even got the fire department called on myself for the first time, no joke! eek.gif Needless to say that the guys in the firetruck were disappointed when I told them there was no meat in the smoker, they were also grateful that there was no 'uncontrolled fire'.

You can say that I'm a happy camper. We fired it up this evening to break it in/ season everything since it is brand spanking new. There are also a few little things that need to be buttoned up.

Apoligies for the bad picture, I'll be getting some better ones this saturday when we get her in business. It's a little hard to see, it's a two barreled double-damper design with two smokestacks. With just dry hickory and charcoal earlier I was able to maintain any temperature I wanted between 200-400 degrees very easily. With both dampers closed and the fire raging in the bottom barrel It would barely get above 180 in the top barrel. I'm thinking this will be a pretty good design and cant wait to try out my new custom smoker this weekend!

One thing I am having a bit of an issue with is the amount of smoke lost from the door itself when it's closed. Being that it's made from a barrel of the same size it fits nicely but there isn't much of seal. Not a huge issue, but I would like as much of the smoke as possible to stay in the smoker or leave through the stacks... I'm not sure, but I think I remember seeing something at Home Depot that was like a silicon weather stripping for BBQ Smokers that would not melt and would seal up a door. I've also heard of using silicon tubing as well. But have not found much yet in searching for a solution.

Anywho, it's good to be here!
post #2 of 19
Welcome to SMF Buck. Your smoker looks awesome! If you read in the "Smoker Builds" something there may jump out at you for sealing around the door. Glad to have you, looking forward to your qview & enjoy your stay. Also, check that link in my sig for posting your qview for those big wonderful shots. We love the big qview here.

P.S. Try this link here. It may help. Good Luck.
post #3 of 19

Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us. This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

For those of you new to Smoking, be sure to check out Jeff's 5 Day Smoking Basics eCourse.
Click Here it's "FREE" ... 5 Day eCourse

I Would Highly Suggest Reading these posts on Food Safety by bbally.

This thread will tell you basically everything you need to know and the man explaining it is
both a ServSafe Instructor and a HACCP Instructor.

Here you can get the 2009 USDA Food Safety Guide from his site.

How to post Qview to Forum:

When you uploading to Photobucket I always use the Large IMG setting, 640 x 480 it is a nice size...

Everyone here enjoys seeing the Qview so be sure to post plenty of pics...

Large ones that us old people with bad eyes can see.

For Step By Step Instructions On Posting Qview Check Out This Tutorial
post #4 of 19
Welcome to the SMF, We are glad to have you onboard
post #5 of 19
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
post #6 of 19
Glad to have you. You will find a lot of help and friends on SMF.
post #7 of 19
welcome to the SMF, we won't hold that husker thing against ya icon_mrgreen.gif Old timers claim you can use bbq sauce along the edges of the doors to seal them up, sounds like it might be a little sticky and messy at first but after bbq sauce gets all burnt and sledgy I could see it being effective.
post #8 of 19
welcome to the smf . you got an awesome looking rig can't wait to see some food on it
post #9 of 19
Hello from Indiana, welcome to the forum. That is a nice looking smoker, maybe you could use some fiberglass or metal braided rope for wood burning stove doors to seal it up.
post #10 of 19


welcome to smf, that's a great lookin smoker you have there, I think you outta make something, and bring it to the firehouse, I'm sure they'd love it.
post #11 of 19
First off welcome Buck to SMF. You'll like it here cause there are abunch of good folks here that would just love to help you out with just about anything to do with smoking. We really like to have newbies here because they can bring in a new propective to how things are done. There's nothing like a new set of eyes to give and new way to make things that little differant to make things alittle better. So I hope you know about the Qview here.
Here's a link to photobucket it's free and easy to download pictures. Then if your really new to smoking Look up the E-course.
It's also free and it will give you the basics of smoking. So after all of that you just need to go grab something to smoke and if you have any question just post them here and we will answer it quickly so you don't have any mishaps with your smoke.
Welcome To Your New Addiction
post #12 of 19


No Creosote! A-Maze-N Smokers

post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the tips and welcoming everyone!

I couldn't wait until tomorrow to fire this thing up so I'm smoking some Side Pork, Bacon and a couple Pork Ribeyes from my local butcher right now!

I'm familiar with photobucket and I will make sure to post pics ASAP!

One thing, since it's a double barrel design does this smoker still fall under the UDS category? I don't thinks it's ugly... But that's just my opinion! icon_mrgreen.gif
post #14 of 19
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
post #15 of 19
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview. I wouldnt worry about smoke leaking from the door, I would cut down on the smoke in your pic. What you want is TBS. icon_smile.gif
post #16 of 19
Glad to have another new Nebraskan here too. Hopefully I will have a pic like yours soon.
post #17 of 19
Many Huskers on this board - and that makes it a great place to be! Welcome!
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
Glad to be here too!

I posted my first Qview but it's still pending approval I think. Everything turned out great, lots of TBS and kept it at a pretty constant 200 degrees for three hours.

Until my Qview shows up these pics will have to tide you guys over for now!

Here's a much better picture of my weapon.

Click the pics for the resize! biggrin.gif
post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 
Glad to be here too!

I posted my first Qview but it's still pending approval I think. Everything turned out great, lots of TBS and kept it at a pretty constant 200 degrees for three hours.

Until my Qview shows up these pics will have to tide you guys over for now!

Here's a much better picture of my weapon.

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