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  1. mike w

    Built a new smokehouse and firebox need some help

    I haven’t gotten the door fabricated yet but I did try some cold smoking today. Really pleased with how it’s turning out. I made a small fire this morning to warm up the box and just set the amazn tray over the chimney to dry out the pellets. It’s been going strong for about 7 hours now and I...
  2. mike w

    Built a new smokehouse and firebox need some help

    Ok, I know what you mean. Much cheaper than rebar also.
  3. mike w

    Built a new smokehouse and firebox need some help

    Good to know, I have to the make it anyways, I noticed one of the fire bricks that are the chimney is loose, don’t want them falling into the fire. How thick of a lid would be sufficient? This one is about 2 inches thick at the edges up to 6 or so around the chimney. I’m going to add some...
  4. mike w

    Built a new smokehouse and firebox need some help

    I’m running another test this morning with brisket and just noticed the top cracked. The wireless thermometer I’ve had for the last couple years is wildly off and showing 154 box temp. Compared to 334 with a IR thermometer. Firebox temps on the pipe was 700 ☹️ And the outside bricks were 400...
  5. mike w

    Built a new smokehouse and firebox need some help

    Will do. I took a bunch of photos along the way and will make a post with all the steps once it’s done and working well.
  6. mike w

    Built a new smokehouse and firebox need some help

    Ahh perfect, that’s why I like this forum is the wealth of knowledge! Edit - I ordered the top one since that seemed easier to install.
  7. mike w

    Built a new smokehouse and firebox need some help

    I was talking to my neighbor about it and he gave me a contact to a mobile welder he knows. Basically a similar plan is what we came up with. Weld a steel plate to the top and bottom of the 8x8 door with holes drilled in them. We couldn’t figure out a method to cover the holes though. Do you...
  8. mike w

    Built a new smokehouse and firebox need some help

    One of my wife’s coworkers said the same thing, he’s an amateur welder but he said he thinks it would be beyond him. I may ask to borrow his equipment in trade for some smoked meats
  9. mike w

    Built a new smokehouse and firebox need some help

    Yeah it tastes pretty darn good along with that sauce! I added a bit of gojuchang and beef concentrate and it was yummy I put down a pork belly for bacon today also. Cold smoking will be a breeze with this one. My kid has been bugging me for smoked cheese so that’ll be coming along soon too
  10. mike w

    Built a new smokehouse and firebox need some help

    It’s an 8x8 so it will be smaller than the brick opening. I checked with the local welding shop for shelves and they wanted $175 for 2 shelves. Which is more than I want to pay. I’d imagine a custom job would be similar in price. I’ve been kicking around the idea of using metal conduit and set...
  11. mike w

    Built a new smokehouse and firebox need some help

    Oak smoked pulled pork with a mustard bbq sauce.
  12. mike w

    Built a new smokehouse and firebox need some help

    I really like that idea. I could toss the metal sheet on top of the rebar and have at it. The rebar is about 3” away from the floor so it was easy to get a bed of coals in 3 hours I had the temp up to 200 in about 4 hours. The thermometer probe was sitting on top of the ceramic pizza plate. The...
  13. mike w

    Built a new smokehouse and firebox need some help

    Yes sir, that’s what I’m doing this morning with some pork butts. I drilled some 1” holes into the opposite side for more draft. I have 4 pieces of 3/8 rebar in there as a fire grate that the logs can sit on and coals drop through to create a bed. Would there be any issues with that and food...
  14. mike w

    Built a new smokehouse and firebox need some help

    Ahh ok, thanks Dave, I was hoping there might be something already manufactured I could buy. I don’t have a welding machine so I’ll have to check around and maybe price it out. You mentioned in one of the posts about having a floating roof on the firebox so mine isn’t mortared down. It’s heavy...
  15. mike w

    Built a new smokehouse and firebox need some help

    There are 2 sliding vents on the same side as the firebox. One vent on the left side and the cedar siding on the opposite side of the firebox has some gaps. Thanks for pointing that out about the fire, I try to keep it centered on the stack on the fire box, I can move it closer for sure.
  16. mike w

    Built a new smokehouse and firebox need some help

    Hey gang, I built a new smokehouse based off archeyrobs design with daveomaks tweaks thrown in. I finished it up today and the only thing left will be the door and air intakes. I’ve ordered a plain 8 x 8 cleanout door. I need some advice on an upper and lower air intake though so I can...
  17. mike w

    Dry aging project 22lb bone in prime rib

    Hi mr T, Thanks for stopping and replying. I took pics and compared them to molds and eggs and they looked the same as eggs. All I can think is that it didn't maintain the cold well enough. It's an under the counter British fridge. They always seem to take a long time to get cold again after the...
  18. mike w

    Hot Pickled Sausage

    The home made dogs (rytek kutas recipe) worked well. Not as good as the sausages though.
  19. mike w

    What to do with LEFTOVER TURKEY GRAVY, we made Egg Foo Young

    Thank you! And tell your wife thanks for writing it down to share!
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