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Need 55g help in NC


Joined Jun 5, 2007
I have drum need info/plans Please.
Have welder can burn metal.

Newton NC


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Joined Nov 18, 2006
Welcome Eric -

Lots of builders here to help out. Why don't you go over to the roll call section and introduce yourself so we can greet you properly?


Joined Jun 5, 2007
In the Roll Call section.

I gave up my Meat cooking device when I moved to NC.
Have access to a 55g drum and have always wanted one.Have acess to a 20 gal tank as well possibly a wood/fire box???

Desert Storm Vet.
ASE Mechanic.
Remote Controlled Rock Crawling.

Eric Johnson

watery eyes

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Joined May 21, 2007
Welcome to the SMF!!!

Keep us posted on how your BBQ build progresses.....


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Joined May 30, 2007
I have almost completed my smoker from 2 55gal drums. It is the smoker I am using now and as soon as I have time to stop by the store to pick up some more welding wire I can then finish it and paint it.. I will post more pics of it tomorrow. but you can see to make the fire box I cut 1/3 of the barrell off and welded the lid back on it. Then I used the 1/3 material to create bands to take up the gaps at the sides of the lids on both the firebox and the pit. I used 1" by 1" angle on the bottom of the doors and at the base of the opening to make it more rigid... I welded my hinges up like that because I shifted the doors up 1/4" to take the gap out of the top, Now the doors do not bind up.. I can try to draw it up and post the plans I used when I post the pics later. Hope this helps!!!
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Joined Nov 21, 2006
you can see my homemade smoker, i mad from a 55-gallon drum with a firebox from the char-griller smoker, in my sig pic. i am making another smoker from a 55-galon drum, with an aircompressor tank for the firebox. i am almost done with it.


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Joined May 31, 2007
Welcome aboard the SMF Eric!
...It's a GREAT place to be!
Lots of great folks...eons of experience...tons of great recipes...
And...more fun than you can shake a handful of sticks at!!!
Lots of builders and lots of mods too!...

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