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Plans for a wood smoker

shaneholz

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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.
Shane
 

shaneholz

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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
Shane
 

seminole

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seminole

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BBQBlitz

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, itâ€[emoji]8482[/emoji]s a different story.

For starters you canâ€[emoji]8482[/emoji]t go wrong with The Sausagemakerâ€[emoji]8482[/emoji]s $145.00 unit (20 lbs)

http://www.sausagemaker.com/index.as...ATS&Category=4

or get some ready to assemble kits.

And there is Bradley Technologies $495.00 cute unit with a separate smoke generator.
http://bradleysmoker.eseecommerce.co...&category_id=2

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 donâ€[emoji]8482[/emoji]t cure your meat right or screw up your smoking/cooking temperatures not even a $1,000,0000 unit will save your product. Itâ€[emoji]8482[/emoji]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 heâ€[emoji]8482[/emoji]s doing and the Mother Nature is on his side
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viper2152

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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. 
 

ssorllih

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wes w

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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.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/126307/brick-smokers

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 heâ€[emoji]8482[/emoji]s doing and the Mother Nature is on his side
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I couldn't agree more Sminole.

My smoker


Wes
 
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shoneyboy

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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.
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
 
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ssorllih

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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.
 

wing nut

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

 Thank You    Ed
 

wes w

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Wes,

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

Thanks.

Bob
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.   
 

bobbque

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Wes,

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.

Bob
 

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