Started a pre-forum change project and although I need to do some mods to it, I got the first smoke done in it and now I can change some stuff around.
Wife said the smoker, the Weber kettle and the Weber grill on the front porch looked a bit too “trashy” for her comfort zone…so the smoker had to go! Her reasoning was that it gets used the longest at any one time and creates the biggest mess with the drippings on the concrete (which I will have to acid wash to get them off).
I thought this looked perfectly presentable!
"Happy wife=happy life" - so I went out and purchased a Rubbermaid upright tool cabinet, which would be just the right fit for the smoker.
I removed a portion of the back panel, (which this shed was double-walled and wouldn’t compromise the integrity) and then used a piece of left-over counter top to make a shelf to hold the smoker and raise it to a more comfortable height. Dremel Multi-tool to the rescue. Man that thing is easy to use and ripped thru everything like butter!
Got the shelf notched out, added some legs in the front and then decided to work on the roof exhaust.
Used pvc that I had laying around and glued the inside piece to the outer coupling to create a sleeve and keep it from either falling in or letting water it. Nice tight joint! The inside will remain un-glued to allow for the removal of the extension sleeve over the smoker exhaust hole, and thus letting me insert the probes easily.
On the outside, I glued in a t-post with screen on both sides. T-post; to allow some air flow no matter where the wind is from and to keep rain out, the screen; to keep the bugs, bees and wasps from taking up residence.
A little caulk here and there and its ready for phase 2 – the base for it to stand on in the back yard. Not the back deck – we don’t have one yet…so it gets a “pad” outside the basement walk-out slider. Dug up an area, used base gravel, laid out 9 flat blocks and had a foundation. Once I got the smoker shed there, I had to level it a bit more, so I shimmed the smoker instead of the shed. It was easier and I’m lazy!
guess I didnt snap a shot of the base, but here it is in the garage before heading to the back yard.
First smoke in the new home was an all-day Sunday 9lb. Brisket. 9am to7pm…pulled out at a final temp of 195. Once I started the smoker, I realized there needs to be some changes…so I made some holders for the thermometer transmitters, then realized the shelf needs to go down to the next level. (saving that for Wednesday this week) It currently sits so high that I couldn’t get the probes in because after I shimmed the smoker to level it, I raised the top too close to the vent pipe. Plus the fact that I’m short and fat and could hardly reach the on/off switch or the temp control knob. Also, will add some side vents to allow more air into the shed…vents that I can close off when not in use. Easy to just leave the door open a bit, but I also want to keep critters and curious kids away from it.
Well there you go – new home for the cook shack – now I just need to give it a name. Smoke Shack works, but so over used. Suggestions?
More picks of any additional mods still to come.
Thanks for looking!