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Homemade smoke generators, pics & ideas...

Discussion in 'A-Maze-N Smokers' started by un4gvn1, Nov 16, 2018.

  1. I posted a while ago with pics of the "first generation" home-built tube, I've refined the design slightly, and added a "foot", so it's time for more pictures.


    The reason this tube came about is the surgeon who worked on my knee is retiring, over the last ten years we've kinda become "buds in the smoke", lol. We discovered a mutual love of BBQ etc, and have been exchanging recipes and ideas ever since. He's the one who introduced me to Sous Vide and Spatchcock.

    I decided I'd build him a tube & maze as a retirement gift, the tube above is the result. The "foot" was a happy accident, it was laying in the scrap bin at work, already bent. All I needed to do was trim it to size & round the corners. The holes are the smallest slot punch we have here at work, the tube started as a 6" x 12" piece of sheet metal. As we don't have a roller small enough for a 2" tube, I tacked one edge to a piece of pipe and formed it around the pipe with a vice & hammer, once close to where I wanted it, I cut the tacks & "massaged" it together with the hammer & got it stitched with the MIG welder. This tube came out a little closer to round than the first. :cool:

    The maze was built out of some 1/4" perforated sheet (the holes are 1/4", sheet is probably 12 gauge or so). The legs are 1/4" bolts w/ two nuts sandwiching the floor plate.


    I built these 5" x 8" x 2" deep. I did a first-gen unit a couple of weeks ago that wasn't quite this big & got almost 16 hours of smoke out of a filling of pellets.

    The astute among us will notice there are two mazes in the pic, I'm gonna give the second one a good home... :D

    One more pic, just for scale...

  2. bill ace 350

    bill ace 350 Smoking Fanatic

    Wow! Those look great!
  3. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice work on those .
  4. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice craftsmanship!
  5. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  6. More like a shameless copy (full disclosure, I've never seen one of Todd's units in real life), or if you prefer... an homage.

    Being a millwright with access to an ironworker, welders and various scrap metals, I have been in the habit of making my own, well, everything I can if I'm honest.
  7. zwiller

    zwiller Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". Nice craftsmanship.
  8. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  9. kelbro

    kelbro Smoking Fanatic

    We would all do the same if we had the time, material and the tools. Oh yeah, and the skills!

    Nice work!
  10. BuckeyeSteve

    BuckeyeSteve Meat Mopper

    Great job on those! I wish I still worked at a fabrication shop. I'd build an awesome smoker.
  11. I'm mentally "prototyping" a mailbox mod for both my propane and Traeger... ;)
  12. BuckeyeSteve

    BuckeyeSteve Meat Mopper

    I did the mailbox mod (actually John's popcorn tin mod) for my MES. The results are quite good.