Brick and mortar smoker and grill '16

Discussion in 'Brick Smokers' started by scottpatch, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. Here ar esome pics of the build of the smoker and grill I built this year.  I wanted the firebox to be offset to better control the temps.  The ceilings and floors of the smoker and firebox are a mix of refractory cement, perlite, and lime.  I couldn't find a local welder that would give me anything resembling an affordable price to custom fabricate doors.  I ended up ordering a 2'x2' and 3'x3' fire rated doors that were meant for fire extinguishers in walls that I painted with high heat grill paint. I installed the vents and cut the openings in them with a jigsaw (went thru a few blades!).  I purchased the handles separately and had them welded to the knobs that came with the door.  I ended up needing to add insulating tape to inside of the doors to get them close to air tight.  I should have ordered a slightly larger charcoal basket, but once up to temp, it maintains a constant 225-250 temp for close to 3 hours with little or no adjustment.  VERY happy with the end result!

    I have architectural plans I could share, but I can't figure out how to attach a PDF file. 


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  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Man that is a beautiful build!

    I'm sure your very proud of it.

    Can't wait to see it in action!

  3. Fantastic job, that's exactly what I would like. looking forward to the plans you mentioned.
  4. jagfannn

    jagfannn Newbie

    Wow! Very good job.
  5. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Outstanding build sir!!    Get ready for flavor that can't be matched!!
  6. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How about giving us a picture tour of each part of it along with description of the part?

    That is one sweet outdoor cooking area.
  7. Hey Guys.... Thanks for all the comments and compliments.  

    I have used the smoker 5 or 6 times now and everything has turned out fantastic.  

    I have figured out how to download the original plans I had drawn up and worked off... Hopefully you can view them.

    As I mentioned before, due to the quotes received for custom made door, I went with commercially available fire rated doors.  A couple other minor changes were made during construction as well. Functionally,  I had the fire bricks installed in the smoker side on end the maximize space and because I didn't think with the lower temps I would be keeping, the walls needed to be 3.5" thick. I also added the backsplash around the back as there is a pool in the yard and needed the height to keep it legal.  

    I ordered the grates cut to my specs from  

    Here are some closer pics.  Any other questions, just ask.

  8. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    This is so cool. I am in awe of your building skills as I can barely change a lightbulb bulb haha
  9. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I am jealous.. Really nice build.
  10. chad e

    chad e Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    Fantastic looking. Wish I had the artistic talent to make something like that.
  11. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Simply awesome man!!!   Love it!
  12. jim williams

    jim williams Meat Mopper

    OUT OF BOUNDS! This is a great build, be proud of yourself!! The flavor is outta this world compared to all the others!
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  13. jim williams

    jim williams Meat Mopper


    Seal them doors up with 1/2'' X 1/8'' Lavalock High Temp Nomex gasket, it will maintain better and  keep your brick clean. You did an awesome job!
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  14. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Jim!   you don't like my greasy striped  bricks?   LOL!    
  15. jim williams

    jim williams Meat Mopper

    LOL Wes!

    I only suggested because it stained my granite crescent above my smoke box...LOL I do agree it gives it an aged or rustic look if you will and is fine. One other reason I thought it needed sealed is I studied the intake and exhaust to make a pattern of heat loss or gain for my smokes. I started with no seals, seals, seals fell off, then sealed.....I have a good pattern today.

    I had a good gap in mine and affected me,  according to my personal steel door build. I intentionally left 3/16'' gap when welding the door hinges for a seal and didn't know what to use at that point. Sorry I am long winded this afternoon but a lot was involved by the suggested seals advice.  LOL !

    I am glad my build is over, but I would do it again for sure!! Thanks Wes as always for being my Mentor with brick !

    Wes, You told me in the beginning of my build Fall of 2014, "If you can a vision of it", You can build it.  You and I conquered this together, Thank You Wes for your patients, understanding and willingness to lend a hand to an apprentice brick layer. I am forever grateful to meet a friend as you.  

    You all have a good July 4th evening, Be safe and enjoy your Freedom!
  16. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Jim,  I just want folks to have the best smoked anything that money can't buy.

    I like your idea of a built in gap on the doors.  My brother built mine.  He built them 0 clearance.  Sure, its not air tight, but hey!,  I got a fire under it.   Never had a heating issue.  As long as smoke isn't coming out the doors, I got good air flow.   Thats all that matters.

    I love seeing folks do things the best they can.   The reward is as awesome for me as them.

    I can't stress enough with brick work.  You have to let it cure for at least 35-45 days before putting fire in it.   Then only small fires to cure the mortar joints.  I promise, if you don't it will crack!   What happens to water when heated?  It expands...
  17. yax75

    yax75 Newbie

    That is a great build! Looking forward to seeing the plans posted as I'd like to build something like this.
  18. steveaggie

    steveaggie Newbie

    This is awesome. Looking build something similar.  I agree doors are hard to come by.  Curious if anyone has a supplier for some doors.
  19. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Steve,  I looked everywhere for doors.  I finally had them custom built.  I was lucky enough to have a brother who has a fab shop.   No clue what it would cost to have it done.

    Don't go cheap on the doors.  Its the heart and soul of a brick smoker.
  20. steveaggie

    steveaggie Newbie

    Thanks Wes.  My brother doesn't have a fab shop, but he can weld and says he can make them.  Any idea where a cheap place to get steel(?) would be?  Home Depot seems pretty expensive.  Hey while we're on it, same question with firebrick.  Online and at Home Depot they seem to run about $5 ea.  That is going to add up!

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