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One Time Use Smokers

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by crewdawg52, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Here's the scoop, hope you don't get bored. Every year I get together with my high school buddies ( 7 others all '79 grads) for one weekend, away from wifes, kids, etc. My time to cook the Sat night dinner again. Instead of the standard grilled stuff, I would love to smoke a couple of yard birds ( my best smoked meat). I travel from Michigan to Texas for the get together so I cant bring a smoker. Does anyone have ideas/plans for one time use "smoke & throw" cookers. I do get down there a couple of days before hand to visit mommy and daddy, so I do have time to get materials and put it together.

    Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks Ya'll.
  2. buy a smoker for your parents, and tell them you will "season" it for them while you're hanging w/ the buds...
  3. vulcan75001

    vulcan75001 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    If ya don't want to buy one for Mom and Dad...check the yellow pages....find someone that will cater the event...
  4. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Tried that 2 yrs ago. NO WAY they said. Did'nt want it "taking up room" in the garage.
  5. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    We rent a log home for the weekend in Kingsland, TX (Nuthin out there). Rules say you got to cook, no help from prepackaged stuff, etc. So.....any ideas for "smoke and throw"?
  6. short one

    short one Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Pre-cook/freeze, packit in cooler and take it with you. Just an idea.
  7. monty

    monty Master of the Pit Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How many guys you cookin' for amd how many meals? I might have a few ideas. You indicated a total of eight, including yourself. Is this just a one time thing?

  8. tonto1117

    tonto1117 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey crewdawg52, go to Outback Party Rental in Marble Falls (9 miles from Kingsland) ask for Judy, she can rent ya one. Phone # (830) 798-9761
  9. Follow this link to Jeff's Smoking-Meat Store. There is a Brinkmann Sportsman Double Charcoal Smoker and Grill (List Price: $163.29) Selling for $62.68 & free shipping! Have it shipped to where ever you are going and who cares after that - give it away! Leave it there for the next person! Whatever!

    Seems like a great deal, I'm almost tempted to buy one for myself. One thing: says it ships in 1 to 2 months!
  10. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Know where Marble Falls is. Spittin Distance......From Colorado River and where we stay. But, Just thinkin someone has an idea for a one time use smoker.
  11. Just 2 chickens? If you can wait until tomorrow, I'll take a picture of one I made a few years ago. You make it out of 5 gallon steel buckets with lids. It requires a few auto store parts, but when you are finished with it, you take the parts off and discard the buckets. The parts you keep will not take up too much room.

    Parts list
    2-5 gallon buckets with lids
    4-header collectors
    4-collector gaskets
    sheet metal scraps
    4-small hinges
    pop rivets
    2-1/4 X 4 inch bolts and nuts
    12-3/8 bolts, lock washers and nuts
    2 small springs
    18 inches of 3 inch flex pipe
    2 muffler clamps
    Expanded metal

    Jig saw
    4 inch hole saw

    I'll post a pic of mine with arrows and whatnot of where stuff goes. It's not very complicated and takes maybe 2 hours to put together. Works great for small amounts of meat.
  12. keywesmoke

    keywesmoke Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Anyone used a Son of Hibachi? Portable deal, says it can smoke. Looks interesting for tiny smokes, maybe a last minute weekend trip for two.
  13. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very interested in this. Just 8 of us total so I figured 2, maybe 3 chickens max. Like I stated, one time use and toss, leave it there, or give it to one of my buds.
  14. cajunsmoker

    cajunsmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't if Kingsland has a Lowe's or not, but I'm sure they have a true value or ace hardware store. Stop in one a pick up an ECB. It comes packed in a relatively small box, and you can put it together with a screwdriver.

    Use it while your there and either give it to one of your buddies to take home or just toss it. $50.00 is probably less than you would pay to gather up all the parts to build something on your own and this is a proven product that I guarantee will smoke some good yardbird[​IMG] .

    edit - forgot to post the link
  15. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    I don't know if it a seasonal thing but around here they sell these little grills with fold up legs for a few dollars you could probably make a tent with tin foil to hold the smoke in. Might be jus big enough for two chickens.
  16. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Canjun and DeeJay,

    Both excellent ideas. Did'nt know a ECB was that inexpensive. May just have to get me one of those "darn thangs". But, the tent idea is pretty good also. Gotsta think on it.

    To all....Thanks for the ideas.

  17. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  18. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    The ECB is cheap and does one heck of a job!
  19. ozark rt

    ozark rt Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    You might consider a trash can turkey. There are a multitude of variations on the web but here is a link that will give you the general idea.
    We've done this a few times over the years with my wife's 2 girl scout troops and each time was good. I've always put some hickory chips under the can for smokiness. A 12 lb. bird will take no longer than 90 minutes. I've heard this called a 12-20-90 turkey before, reffering to a 12 lb. bird, 20 gal can, 20lbs. charcoal, and 90 minutes to bake.
  20. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Read the receipe. Very interesting. But, I bet one could make a variation of the ECB with the trash can by removing the bottom, and adding some rods for a water pan and racks.