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monoxide

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Whats up guys. Im shawn im from a little town in florida called englewood. I am going to be going to school to be a chef soon. I have been cooking for as long as i can remember. I also started grilling recently and have gotten decent at it. i have always loved the taste of smoked food be it chicken, beef, pork or fish, I just hate having to ask my dad to smoke meat for me. I currently do not have a smoker but I am looking to build one I was told this is a good forum to get guidance on building a smoker. I know there is a bunch of different kinds of smokers but I do not know the difference between them. I am thinking of building either a propane or electric smoker. I know those two arent the traditional style smokers but I have been told that they are easier for a noob like me to learn to use. If any one has some tips on building one please help me out. I am open to learning as much as I can.
 

desertlites

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Welcome to the forum,look into building A UDS, there in the smoker section and not only a great smoker but can be a real fun build.Glad you found us.
 

monoxide

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i was thinking about that. i was browsing google and a good eats episode came up and he made a smoker out of two terracotta pots. any one know if that will work? or work good for just a few experimental smokes.
 

scrappynadds

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The only thing holding you back from making a smoker is your imagination.........Turn it loose and i bet you can make a smoker out of two coffee can.........
 

monoxide

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The only thing holding you back from making a smoker is your imagination.........Turn it loose and i bet you can make a smoker out of two coffee can.........

id love to see a smoker made out of a coffee can. i can smoke 1 hot dog at a time on it. lol. right now i am just getting a idea of what i need to buy or go find. where is the best places to find 55 gallon drums? all i have found are plastic and i have used those for bait wells. can you use a section of shopping cart for a grate or would it be easier to find a grill in the garbage and take the grate from it? of course i would sand blast the grate before use and get all the coating off i could
 

big andy a

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First, welcome to the forum.

I remember that Good Eats episode with the terra cotta pots, kind of a McGiver like.  But the basice idea he had, and electric hot plate with a tray of wood chips isn't really that much different that an electric smoker from the store.  Don't know why it wouldn't work.

Good luck.

Curt.
 

monoxide

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First, welcome to the forum.

I remember that Good Eats episode with the terra cotta pots, kind of a McGiver like.  But the basice idea he had, and electric hot plate with a tray of wood chips isn't really that much different that an electric smoker from the store.  Don't know why it wouldn't work.

Good luck.

Curt.

i was just thinking about it. since i cant really find a 55gallon drum around here but i can always get a keg. then i have people come over and drink the beer and i keep the keg since i paid a deposit for it. unless some one knows a good place i could try and look for a 55 gallon drum.
 

azshane

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I saw that good eats episode on you tube and it actually got me looking into getting a smoker. Finding all the parts on the cheap would be the hard part. You can find all kindsa good deals on craigslist and modify it or use it as is.
 

monoxide

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i also want some thing that i can move around easy or load up in my truck myself easy for when i go fishing for days on end i can enjoy some good food. i had a idea running through my head for a smoker ill try my best to draw a picture of it and try to explain it better.
 

monoxide

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sorry for the huge pic. but basicly its a smoker with 2 fire boxes. both fire boxes can be closed fully and one is electric for at home and im feeling lazy. and a wood side for when im out fishing or camping.
 
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Welcome to SMF! Glad to have you with us!
 

scarbelly

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Hello Shawn and welcome to SMF. We look forward to seeing your contributions 
 

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First off welcome to SMF. You'll really like this place for there are a bunch of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking meat. Then if you have any questions you just post them here or yu can try in chat for a faster answer. If you are really new to all of this I would recommend that you look up and take the e-course. It is free and it will also give you the basics on smoking. So with all that said now go and get something to smoke.

Welcome To Your New Addiction
 

sprky

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 to SMF Shawn. You have come to the right place for smoking info. This site is loaded with great info just use the search bar at top of page to find what you are looking for. If you can't locate the answer just ask folks here are willing to share there knowledge. I suggest you take  the 5 day e-course on smoking its chuck full of great info.Smoking  5-Day e-Course
 

monoxide

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Welcome to the SMF Family...Where are you planning on going to Culinary School?...Seems to me, If you build your Fire Box big enough...You can put a Hot Plate in it at home and a Charcoal/Wood burning Basket when you travel...This is a Hot Plate I was looking at that got great reviews http://www.chefscatalog.com/product/26226-broilking-single-burner-hot-plate.aspx?srccode=cii_10043468&cpncode=18-102269500-2&sourcecode=CW2CS2006  ...JJ

i was just gonna go to the local votech unless i can find a decent school i wont have to move to go to.
 

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Sorry to hijack another thread but I am new here as well. I have been smoking meat, poultry, fish for several years now but always looking for advice and tricks of the trade. I make my own jerky and sausages using beef, pork and venison as well as vegies and beans. I have a vertical Brinkman electric smoker but also use my charcoal weber grill. I have been told my smoked ribs are awesome as well as my pulled pork. But like I said, I am always looking to get better.Spring is not too far away so I will be posting pictures. I do have some right now and will post them soon.
 

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Welcome to SMF glad you can join us.  We are big on Pics and love to help everyone out.  Remember the only question that is dumb is one not asked.  You will not find a friendlier place to talk Que on the web.

You are going to fit in just fine.
 

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