- Joined Jan 1, 2017
I'm in the process of designing and building a new smoker. The one I have now is cheap and leaks smoke and air, so like many before me I'm going to take the plunge. The main reason for this is mainly I enjoy building things but also I have most of the materials free in the form of old scrap metal around the farm. I do have a pipe for the main chamber and firebox and this is where my question comes in. The pipe I have is unused oil pipeline that is about 7' by 20" and 3/8 thick. The design in my head is a 30" main with a 12" firebox. My question is if a 3/8 thick main chamber is too much. I know it will require additional fuel to get it up to temp and then it should hold pretty well from there. I think a 3/8 firebox will be pretty nice but the main chamber is my concern. Does the extra 1/8 of an inch over a 1/4 main make that much of a difference? Does it add a large amount of time to the warm-up process. The bigger question is if a 1/4 is that much better that it's worth potentially having to pay for a pipe or barrel. Does anyone have experience with the two different sizes. With a main chamber that's only 30" I'm not sure that it would require just a massive amount of fuel to get it started each time or a lot of time but I could be wrong.