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Plans for a wood smoker

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by shaneholz, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. shaneholz

    shaneholz Smoke Blower

    I'm looking for good plans for a wood smoker. I'm quite handy with metal and would like to make a nice rig. I would like one that I could bbq chicken and steaks on with dual vertical smokers on the sides. I can make the basic design but I'm kinda wondering where to place all the dampners and heat sheilds for even temp. I know it's probably alot of trial and error but I'm looking for some good plans to eliminate some of the error. Any help would be apreciated.
  2. Shane dont know if this is what you are looking for, hope this will help you
    http://www.mikesell.net/smoker/ let me know ok if its what you wanted if not i think i might have some other plans around.
  3. shaneholz

    shaneholz Smoke Blower

    That helps but not really the same design I want. I started building last night so I guess it's going to be trial and error. That's half the fun I guess. Thanks for answering though. Keep on Smoking
  4. seminole

    seminole Fire Starter

  5. bbqblitz

    bbqblitz Fire Starter

  6. seminole

    seminole Fire Starter


    Thanks for the nice link and information.

    Yes, this unit can qualify to be called a smoker but you have to make it yourself. I checked the web page and the company charges $4750-. I would add another grand or so and will get an industrial unit from Koch Equipment: http://www.kochequipment.com/site/eq...d_category=152

    Now you have USDA approved industrial unit that can be used in any meat processing plant.

    Of course if you can do metal fabrication yourself, it’s a different story.

    For starters you can’t go wrong with The Sausagemaker’s $145.00 unit (20 lbs)


    or get some ready to assemble kits.

    And there is Bradley Technologies $495.00 cute unit with a separate smoke generator.

    Here there is a little catch: to generate smoke it uses prefabricated smoke briquettes which are available from company distributors. Myself, I like to pick up piece of oak for free.

    And most important: if you don’t cure your meat right or screw up your smoking/cooking temperatures not even a $1,000,0000 unit will save your product. It’s all in your hands, your smoker is just the tool. Most people are smoking products at too high temperatures. You can get away with that when smoking larger pieces of meat like butts or loins but with sausages high temperatures spell simply a disaster. I would like to clarify a point here that I am not talking about barbecuing or grilling which are separate arts. I am referring to the art of smoking.

    Check this photo of my friend Waldemar who build his smoker for free, yet he will make a better smoked product than any of the $50,000 smokers. Why ?
    He knows excactly what he’s doing and the Mother Nature is on his side [​IMG] .
  7. viper2152

    viper2152 Newbie

    I would like to build a smoker but I am not sure how to make one.  I saw stuff on line for a 55 gallon drum, wooden boxes, etc.  Can I use a whiskey barrel to make a smoker?  As for the wooden smoke boxes, does the inside have to be lined with aluminum?  Any help anyone can provide will be greatly appreciated. 
  8. Last edited: Dec 27, 2012
  9. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    This was my 2012 project.   Not sure what your looking for as a wood burner.  I posted my build on the forum for other to go off of.   Here is the link.    If there are any questions you can post them on the build topic.


    Quote Seminole

    Check this photo of my friend Waldemar who build his smoker for free, yet he will make a better smoked product than any of the $50,000 smokers. Why ?
    He knows excactly what he’s doing and the Mother Nature is on his side [​IMG] .

    I couldn't agree more Sminole.

    My smoker

    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013
  10. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    No you don't have to line the inside of it with if you don't want to.....here are some pictures of some of the other members here http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/95411/custom-smoker-builds-pics-of-all-of-them and here is one that is made out of a barrell......

     http://assets.smokingmeatforums.com/8/8d/8d178119_IMG_0620.jpg Hope it gives you some ideals that will help.....ShoneyBoy
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2013
  11. fishwrestler

    fishwrestler Smoking Fanatic Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    You asked about a wine barrel smoker, you would build it similar to the UDS

  12. The original farmstead smokehouses were just sturdy square buildings with a small fire pit inside and a strong lock on the door. The lock was there because the families meat supply was stored there for the winter. There are still several standing here in Harford County but are now used as utility sheds.
  13. wing nut

    wing nut Newbie

    I would like more information on how to build a smoker out of a wine barrel

     Thank You    Ed
  14. wing nut

    wing nut Newbie

    Yes , Just like the picture
  15. bobbque

    bobbque Newbie


    Do you have the plans for your smoker in digital format?


  16. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good evening Bob,

    Sorry, I do not.   The only documenting of this build is what I posted here.   I do have more pictures  but the run down of the how to and what I would have done differently is in my build thread.   I don't have a plan out there that I sell.  I freely share what little I know about brick smokers for the love of awesome smoked meat.   
  17. bobbque

    bobbque Newbie


    Thank you for your reply.  I like what you have done and want to build something similar.  More pictures would be great and where you acquired doors and vents, their specs (size and material used if custom made by your brother-in-law) would be fantastic.