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1st Smoker Build


Fire Starter
Joined Dec 7, 2009

I am currently in the process of building my first smoker.  The pit is 20" diameter x 40" lg. made from rolled 10awg steel.  I am going to mount this on a small 40" X 48" (kit) trailor, just for ease of movement.  Check out some of the pics of the build below. We are building 3 of them.

This is the pit after we got the end caps welded on and the butt seam on the bottom side.

This is once we get the fire box end caps welded on and the butt seam on the bottom side.

All 3 of the smokers (fireboxes are not attached)...

We are doing 2 smokers like this...they will have front and side shelves and also will have wheels.

Here is a 3-D image (I am a drafter) that I modeled of what my rig will look like when I am done...  I got doors rolled out to so I plan on using my cut-out as my RF convection plate. I also just designed my own trailor wheels, they do not actually look like this. lol.

One question I have is, does it matter which side of the pit the firebox is on?  Typically on store bought smokers, I see them on the left but in most custom builds, I see them on the right?  Is that just a preference thing or does it have meaning behind it? Any input is appreciated as this is my first build.


Smoking Guru
Staff member
OTBS Member
Joined Feb 3, 2009
If you are pulling that smoker down the road and the fire box is on the left , It is sticking out into oncoming traffic. Right side it's away from the traffic.


Epic Pitmaster
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SMF Premier Member
Joined Mar 12, 2009

I'm with Bob and your fire box is way too far out there. I think that you need to spin it around 90° to either side and then you can access the fire box from the rear of the trailor and the cooking box on the sides.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined May 20, 2010
If you did choose to turn the smoker 90*, you could mount 2 smokers on the trailer with opposing doors......  (just an idea)
  Lookin forward to your build, Good luck


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Apr 19, 2010
Another thought with your design: won't that baby be "tongue light" with all that weight behind the axle?  Do ya plan on having a ice chest and a wood box, etc on the front to balance that thing out?


Fire Starter
Joined Dec 7, 2009
Yes, I am going to mount a small gas grill that I have and I am going to do expanded metal baskets in the front to hold wood, charcoal, tools stuff like that.  I've also got a couple older leveling jacks from a pop-up camper that I am going to mount on the back of the trailor.  That way when it's not hooked to my truck, I can just release the jacks and it will stand on its own. 

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