Basic chicken cooker quick build.

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by ribwizzard, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. Started throwing together a bulk chicken cooker last night, using bits and pieces of left over scap I had in storage. With no shop set up yet, I'm working under a tent and only have access to 110,should be interesting ..

    Here is the trailer I built last night, and the 24"x 24" firebox I started..

  2. I'm in, sounds like an interesting project.

  3. Well, here is the basic shell,

    This is just a standby chicken cooker for a back up if I get busy, built with scrap I had laying around.

  4. And it's done other than putting some better gauges on it and another coat of paint. It's at 350 right now on oak, burning nice and clean.

    Not my best work, but made good use of stuff I had laying around and it will cook chicken just fine.

  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks cool!
  6. I like it! Compact, functional and looks well-designed. Haven't seen anything like it before. Is there a baffle plate at the firebox opening, can't see from the pics on py phone?

    Cheers /Wes
  7. The bottom of the cook box has a slight V to it to drain everyone to front , right under the door where I will install a valve. That keeps it away from the firebox so that it does not burn up and produce any ill flavors in the cook chamber. About three inches above the bottom is a removable, 3/16" plate that is perforated ( high dollar stuff, but had just enough laying around ) that acts somewhat like a reverse flow plate to even out the heat across the bottom, but still let's the grease drip through.

    Problem with a vertical cook chamber like this is that you get a lot of drippings all in one area , especially with chicken. The firebox had to go on the back side of the cook chamber in order to get the most even heat. If I used a traditional reverse flow plate, I would have all the heat coming right at me when I opened the door, and that wouldn't be much fun when trying to turn the food. So I used the perforated plate to distribute the heat.

    I'm putting four gauges on it, two on the door, top and bottom, and one on each side of the cook chamber. Once I get them on , I'll know how even it cooks.

    Also, I have a couple sheets of aluminum diamond plate. Was thinking of wrapping the cook chamber in that to dress it up. I'm just not sure if the aluminum would work against me as far as keeping the heat in?
  8. lendecatural

    lendecatural Smoking Fanatic

    The aluminum would be a big heat sink, it won't be too bad if you space it off a half inch or so with some sleeves and only attach it a few places to keep the contact with the cook chamber to the absolute minimum. It would work like insulation for you to work around so that part would be really nice.
  9. That's what I was thinking, space it off 1/2 inch. Might help on windy cold days, or when it's raining...
  10. cinnamonkc

    cinnamonkc Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    That's great!!!!
  11. Not sure if I can cut that aluminum with cut off wheel???
  12. lendecatural

    lendecatural Smoking Fanatic

    Cut it with a skill saw using a fine tooth carbide wood blade. Wear your safety glasses.....  Aluminum, since it's a soft metal, likes to be cut with a high spindle speed. It works great.
  13. I should have remembered that from building my porch. Got a good blade for my skill saw!

  14. And setting it all up...

  15. lendecatural

    lendecatural Smoking Fanatic

    Now that's what we call "Seeking some shade!"
  16. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How's it pull with that shorty wheel base?
  17. paulyetter

    paulyetter Fire Starter

    Nice chicken cooker  [​IMG]
  18. Believe it or pulled very well. Even backing it up is not bad since you have a good view of the cc in your rear view window. I have no light nor tag on it and a cop followed me for two miles and then turned off. I should have new gauges tomorrow and will cook some food on it next week. But I'm really not worried about it, the test fire did really well.
  19. Honestly, not sure how i managed it, but this turned out to be one majical cooker!! Ive started using this one everyday. Going to do a few upgrades this weekend. To make it more user friendly,
  20. lendecatural

    lendecatural Smoking Fanatic

    Great News! Keep us posted on the updates, I like that layout, lots of meat, not much room or wood used. Does it have a stack out the top or is the only exhaust the pie vents you have on the sides?

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