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Color of smokers

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by veener88, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. veener88

    veener88 Smoke Blower

    I realy do not know were to put this. I am just wondering is there any reason why most smokers are black? I am thinking when I paint my smoker do I want to do black or maybe a different color. I am just wondering if there is a reason for black.
  2. icemn62

    icemn62 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I don't know. My 1st smoker was red. I thought it was cool. My WSM is black, and I wish it were red too. Could it have something to do with the availablilty of paints...
  3. cajunsmoker

    cajunsmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My first was also red. A Mr Meat Smoker, that looked just like an ECB except it had holes for shish ka bob skewers that came with it. 8)
  4. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yo veener88 dude,
    black seems to hold more heat than lighter colors,
  5. deer meat

    deer meat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Yes I agree black does hold more heat
  6. salbaje gato

    salbaje gato Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    hummmmmm im in the process of making a new smoker, that has a featre like ive never seen before, im thinking of painting it silver with a special paint that they use for headers and exuast pipes. my new smoker is a vertical with a side firebox, the interesting thing about it is that the grilles are attached to the doors, so that that they slide out when you open either door. pics to follow wildcat
  7. deer meat

    deer meat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    that sounds interesting salbaje gato can't wait for photos
  8. bob-bqn

    bob-bqn Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I've seen smokers in a variety of colors, some even had air brushed paintings on them. I reckon black is used for a couple of reasons. Black is cheaper than colors. :) Black doesn't show where smoke exits the smoker. [​IMG] And... Black preheats the smoker in the Texas sun long before you light the fire. :lol: Plus most folks know that you're going to lose paint on the firebox and black is a pretty easy color to match for touch-ups.
  9. veener88

    veener88 Smoke Blower


    I guess that is why black can be better. I was thinking of trying red just have a big red out on the deck. I will look at what colors I can choose from that are at a good cost and go from there. Since I have to paint 2 55 gal barrels I know I am going to go though a few cans.
  10. Black would probably be your best choice especially if you are going to be smoking in the winter.
  11. chris_harper

    chris_harper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i painted mine yesterday. i used high heat (said on the can resists heat uo to 1200°) on the firebox, and on the smoking chamber close to the fire box. used two more cans of flat black to finish the whole thing- legs, shelf and all. will see what it does to temp control next smoke. btw, it was silver before.
  12. oillogger

    oillogger Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    I use to have the classic red Weber gas grill. After a while the hood had parts of the hood stained black beyond cleaning. I now only want black BBQ products.
  13. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Mine is brown but the top is black where all the smoke comes out. It started as brown then because of all the smoking turned it black.