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From Battery Charger to Amazin Smoker (wanna be - w/V)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by backwoodssmoker, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. Well after all I read about how good Todds AMS is, I figured I needed one.  But !  Being all backwoods (aka Cheap) I decided I could build something that worked on the same principle as the AMS. I took a stroll around the old homestead and low and behold in the scrap pile was an old battery charger made out of similar metal as the AMS and it was held together with screws. (Disclaimer; Todd, This is a "one off"- No Sales- LoL)


    I used the top and the back and side - the side and back were one piece. The size of this worked out to 6 1/4" by 11 3/4" the run ways are 2" H x 2 " W.  This cut easy with a handheld cutoff wheel, it is quite heavy Gage metal.   


    I put it together with screws with the intent of welding after I dig out my sandblaster (a lot of work) or I may throw it in my fireplace to burn the paint off.[​IMG]

    The next thing was to fill it and light it, it lit well without the big hole in the end.[​IMG]

    Full of Beech dust.[​IMG]

    Lovely THIN BLUE SMOKE !![​IMG]

    It didn't jump over the divider - I rate it as a success. (the wind blew the ashes out, if your wondering why it's empty at the start) To Todd, I will definitely recommend your product as I feel I have experienced the principle behind the AMS and IT WORKS GREAT !!  Now to clean it up and Smoke Something....
  2. I made on out of heavy screen wire and another on out of a office paper clip, just holder you can get for wal-mart for $2-3
  3. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Watch out Todd! Looks like you have some competition! Way to go backwoods smoker for being all innovative!
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Freekin' genius! My compliments.
  5. Figuring what I lost in scap metal prices, I might have 25 cents (or less) into it.
  6. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    You da man !!!!!!
  7. bud lite

    bud lite Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    That's usin' ur head. I like it. 
  8. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I bow to your resourcefulness!!!

    What's the vintage of that old "Clark-A-Matic"??

    "Farmer Engineering" at it's finest!!

  9. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hope you saved the handle, looks like it would fit just fine on my refrigerator.  That has to be the oldest battery charger I have ever seen.  Give it a good cleaning and sand blasting, hope that wasn't lead paint the used  back 30 years ago.
  10. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now thats old school for sure there Backwoods. It a nice smoker thingy thou.
  11. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Nice job Backwoods - looks like you nailed it - looks just like one of Todds
  12. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    nice job!!!!!!!!!
  13. cycletrash

    cycletrash Meat Mopper

    sweet!!! I was too lazy and bought mine from Todd.....and I just got done cold smoking bacon , I love this smoke generator
  14. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice! Excellent way to be resourceful.
  15. Don't know the age of the old charger, was one I used to charge a electric cart I drive around (36 volt). I put solar panels in series on the cart cause it quit charging. The carts now a FREE ride, just park it in the sun.  The coating on it was like a powder coat, had to blast it.  Used it today for my 1st FATTY.  It worked like a charm, Thanks Todd for the inspiration,

  16. Sorry for the blur - camera phone. The jar is Morell mushrooms I forgot I had, they'll bein the next one.
  17. dave54

    dave54 Smoking Fanatic

    Nice job and mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm    Morells!!!!!![​IMG]