• Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.

another newbee from florida...

scorpio_fl

Newbie
20
10
Joined Dec 9, 2006
I just built a smoker...and I think I'm messing up as I tried to use just oak wood...18 inches long, cut and split for a fire place...I need to go to charcoal and use the wood for smoke only, right???
 

bwsmith_2000

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
1,350
13
Joined Jul 9, 2005
Scorpio,
Acutally, you can do it either way. However, I suspect most of us use the combination of charcoal and wood chunks. To use the larger cuts of wood, you really need a primary fire and then the smoking fire. By that, I mean to establish a small fire on the side (SoFlaQuer has a great explanation of this along with pix. .... do the search button for "Burn Barrel." There's a sticky on it.) This is true wood smoking and is the way (a very long time ago) we all used to do BBQ. But now, it's less work and simpler to just get your charcoal going and put a few (ususlly soaked in water) chunks of your chosen wood on top for the smoke flavor.

Also, welcome to the forum! Keep us posted often and send pictures when you can.
 

ultramag

SMF Events Planning Committee
2,112
13
Joined Apr 17, 2006
Welcome to SMF scorpio!!! You have any pics of the homegrown smoker to share?
 

Dutch

Smoking Guru
Staff member
Administrator
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
OTBS Admin
Group Lead
7,026
196
Joined Jul 7, 2005
Welcome to SMF, scorpia. You say that your oak is split for fire place use. I'm assuming that this from an 18 log split into quarters? If you plan on using the wood for flavor, you may want to split each quarter section in half lengthwise again. You want to use just enough wood to produce a thin blue/gray smoke. If you have a bellowing white cloud coming out of your smoke stack, you have too much wood on the fire. It will take some playing with the wood and fire to figure out just how much is enough.

Best of luck and keep us posted on how you're doing.
 

scorpio_fl

Newbie
20
10
Joined Dec 9, 2006
hey dutch...I'm seeing what you're saying...I had to split the oak down more anyway to get it burning good...and the smoke coming out of the stack was billowing white...way too much smoke, even though it did my heart good to see my smoker was doing a good job of smoking...but...sunday I took what I'd learned from this forum and tried to get a good fire going and learning to maintain the temp in the cooker, when I had the temp too high and closed off the air intake to the firebox the smoke went down to lightly wafting a little smoke(not billowing)...I'm still messing up aren't I??? shoutd I go to charcoat as the main heat and spice it up with the oak???still learning...But I'm going to get this...well gotta go take the second day of the e-course, thank-you for your reply...buddy b...
 

scorpio_fl

Newbie
20
10
Joined Dec 9, 2006
by the way...I have a 3ft by 12 in round fire box under a 4ft by 20 in round cook tank. they are joined yy 7 in of 4 in pipe...not a small cooker...
 

scorpio_fl

Newbie
20
10
Joined Dec 9, 2006
ultramag, thank-you...can't get the pic to come up...are you on messenger...If I could send you the pic maybe you could post it???later...buddy b...
 

ultramag

SMF Events Planning Committee
2,112
13
Joined Apr 17, 2006
Yes I have messenger. If you want to send it I will post it for you. If you email it, please put in the subject line it is from SMF so I know it's OK.

[email protected]
 

msmith

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
1,227
13
Joined Nov 22, 2006
Welcome scorpio, im new to the site also and am learning a lot of new ideas here. Cant wait to see the pics of that smoker. Just wanted to say hi.

Marvin
 

scorpio_fl

Newbie
20
10
Joined Dec 9, 2006
and three...this feels so good after all the frustration of not being able to send them...
830d36f3_vbattach11496.jpg

d1104c4d_vbattach11355.jpg

d2c1550e_vbattach11218.jpg

817b96e7_vbattach11076.jpg
 

msmith

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
1,227
13
Joined Nov 22, 2006
Scorpio it dont matter how it looks but how it cooks, thats a nice set up and it will cook as good as any around. Im very lucky to have the one ive got I have full acess to a metal shop thanks to a very good friend, thank you for the compliment. And happy smoking.

Marvin
 

Dutch

Smoking Guru
Staff member
Administrator
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
OTBS Admin
Group Lead
7,026
196
Joined Jul 7, 2005
scorpio-fl,

Forums have three types of posts-Announcements, which are at the very top of the forum; Sticky's are topics that have been modified to remain 'stuck' at the top of the forum and usually contain information that is often requested and made a sticky by a moderator; and finally general posts, such as this one. Unless this topic is kept active, it will eventually fall off the main forum page and end up in what we call the "archives".
 

Latest posts

Hot Threads

Top Bottom
  AdBlock Detected

We noticed that you're using an ad-blocker, which could block some critical website features. For the best possible site experience please take a moment to disable your AdBlocker.