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Permanently mounting a smoker??

post #1 of 9
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Has anybody done this and regretted it?

I'm nearing the completion of my build (~24x46 80 gal compressor tank, reverse flow build) and my dad came over to check it out today... My plan since the idea hit me to build a patio cooker was to set this thing on posts in concrete off the side of my deck. When i built my deck i purposefully built a roughly 2' x 8' 'protrusion' off the side for sitting my gas and charcoal grills. Since the only thing i have used my gas grill for since i moved here is lighting a charcoal chimney on the side burner i've decided to get rid of it and put my custom build there.

But after talking with him... And I both respect his opinions and consider him an intelligent man. But he basically thinks I'm nuts for permanently mounting this thing in the ground. Says within a year or 2 I will regret doing it for some reason or another. Either want to change my deck around, or move the smoker or something else along those lines. Says I should put it on a cart with wheels where i can move it, and just pour a small concrete pad to set it on.

I personally think its the perfect spot for putting it, and my wife agrees.. And I fully plan on living in this house for the next 20+ years (we just moved here about this time last year), so no worries in that department. We all went in on a Kingfisher rotisserie, so i have a similar sized cooker I can move wherever I need for big cooks away from the house.. I also ordered a WSM yesterday to take along for weekend camping trips, etc.. If I wanted something I could cart around, I would've at least doubled or tripled my cooking chamber size and mounted it on a trailer. Would'nt have been out much more money, or a whole lot more work. And thats something I may do in the future.

I will try to get some pics of the space as soon as I can... But the basic question still remains... Have you ever permanently mounted a smoker and regretted it down the line? Thoughts? Opinions?
post #2 of 9
If I was in this situation I would place 4 pipes in concrete with 1 foot sticking out. I would make the legs on the smoker so they could fit over the stubs of pipe that are poured in place. That way if you decide to change things up, with enough help you could lift the smoker off its base and set it on a set of pre made legs with feet or wheels. Something like the way the wheels fit on to a set of scaffold.

The nice thing about metal is you can always cut it off and weld something in its place.
post #3 of 9
keep in mind that these do burn out over time. How easy would it be to modify/maintain/repair permenently ensconced on your deck/patio?
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
By the time this thing rusts out, I will be ready for a new one anyway haha... The thinnest metal on it is the tank, which is 3/16, and its going to stay under a cover.. Firebox, reverse flow plate, etc is all 1/4"

I do like the idea of setting the legs first, but right now I'm thinking I will still set the long legs in concrete, with some short 1' legs off the smoker that slide into those, and I will just drill and tap bolts to keep it secure. I think that will make it easier on me anyways.
post #5 of 9
I would make it so that it could be moved at a later date without the use of a cutting torch if it was me.

Weld a base plate on the posts (with 2 to 4 bolt holes), drill some holes into the slab (hammerdrill) that match the holes in the plate, and install concrete expansion anchors. If you ever decide to move it, just take the nuts off and move it away.

Here is an example of an expansion anchor:

I think they sell them at Home Depot.
post #6 of 9
Can't say as I've ever made one permanent, but I ain't never been sorry that I could ever move any a mine round some. In the bitter cold winter it's real nice smokin in a heated shop rather then in the below zero weather. But, if ya make it so ya can unmount it, ya could always build a cart er such fer it. Just nice ta leave yer options open.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the opinions guys..

I have pretty well decided how i'm going to do it unless one of you changes my mind.. I have the Kingfisher rotisserie for moving around easily. Its about the same amount of rack space, and its already on wheels. Plus the WSM for smaller smokes away from the house.

I'm basically going to stub legs down 12" that either slip inside or over the posts that will be set in concrete, depending on what i find laying around.. The legs set in concrete will be 4" square with a 1/4" wall as I already have a bunch of it. I will then drill and tap 2 bolts through each leg to keep it all secure..

Doing it this way, i can always build a cart for it later if for some reason I need to.

Its looking good though! Firebox done and welded to the cooking chamber.. Reverse flow plate in and welded.. Removeable racks in and done. Cut the chimney in and welded it up tonite. Basically down to finishing up some handles, final fitting of the door, some small patchwork on the tank, legs for the whole thing, then a final clean up and paint... I wont make it by this weekend, but I should definitely be be ready sometime next week.
post #8 of 9
Got any pic's of this build progress from beginning? I do agree with your final dicision.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
None from the beginning. I have been meanting to take my camera for the last 2 weeks. But my wife keeps it with her, and I never remember to grab it in the morning before work, and I dont come home after work before i go to my brothers to work on it. I'm going to snag it from her tonite while I'm thinking about it and attempt to get pictures tomorrow since it will be a little bit of a slow day of working on it anyways. Will be working on handles, and that crap always takes 3x as long as it should. At least for me haha.
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