Homemade smoker with a potbelly stove

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by smokeitupbbq, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. smokeitupbbq

    smokeitupbbq Newbie

    Hey fellas, Making a homemade smoker from an old potbelly stove, going to run stove pipe up to a plywood box with racks inside of it and a basic door with a latch and going to have a vent on top of that for a smoke escape with a damper on that. Now my question is what should i insulate the inside of my plywood box with to hold heat and smoke?? any ideas would be great! Thanks.
  2. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    sounds like fun.. I would use some alum to line it with if i was building one![​IMG]
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now this sounds interesting but where are the pictures ? Now I'm thinking some tin would work also.
  4. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would line it too... Some plywood glues and gunk aren't great to have around food.
  5. What you are describing is arguably the greatest design for smoking meats there is.

    Check out http://www.wedlinydomowe.com  for some great info.

    As far as insulation goes that depends on how cold out side is and how much heat you want to trap in side. We tend to want one thing does all and i don't believe BBQ and Smoked meats are necessarily one and the same. My smoker i do not want over 170*

    Just plain wood has been used for centuries and is still great. I would just go with wood.

    Any way have fun.

    Love the idea.


  6. smokeitupbbq

    smokeitupbbq Newbie

    Thanks for the ideas, Yeah i'll take pictures and post soon. That is a good idea, just lining the inside of the box with flash tin? i believe it would hold the heat and smoke pretty good.
  7. smokinal

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

    Sounds like a great project.
  8. smokeitupbbq

    smokeitupbbq Newbie

    Smokin al, Been wanting to ask you how you smoke your pizza? my wife and i love to make homemade pizza and that would just top the cake to smoke it!!
  9. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I just wanna see pics.

    I love those old stoves?

    Good luck and good smoking.
  10. eat my smoke

    eat my smoke Newbie

    I'm doing a similar build using a #20 ranger wood stove mounted on a aluminum cart with a plywood smoker box built around the top of the cart the size of the box 20 " wide x 24" deep and 32 " tall my stve pipe is approx 16" tall going into the center of the bottom of the box and there is a 6 " vent in the top of the box have run two heat cycles without food looks like it will burn around 200 with a 10 degree different5ial from bottom of box to top also i built a diverter over the inlet in the box to keep drippings from going directly in the fire box.With 41 coal brickets and a chunk of hickory ran approx 3 hours at the end of the cycle it was around 160 . still trying to figure venting and temps befor i load with meat or fish.
  11. scootermagoo

    scootermagoo Smoking Fanatic

    ...just as long as it's NOT galvanized.  Stainless is the way I'd go.

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