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Portable smoker build

rad racer

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I am pretty new to the smoke'n scene....my only experiences have been with a "Little Chief" smoker my dad gave me years ago.

My fascination with smoking was reignited a few weeks back after my younger brother brought his Bradley smoker along on our 4-wheeling trip.  My experience with smoking was limited to the use of a "little chief" electric smoker.   It required so much attention I quickly lost interest, then I saw his Bradley. I really liked the machine, the automation was great and my interest was instantly peaked. After getting home from the trip I immediately started researching smokers and initially decided the Bradley was for me.   After further research, and seeing all those custom builds, I got the bug to do my own thing instead of purchasing a ready made machine.  Before going further I should note one of my favorite hobbies is building machines so a DIY smoker seemed like just the right summer challenge for me.

My idea is to build a "portable" electric smoker that can be brought along camping and such.  I don't expect this build will be breaking any new ground or to create something that hasn't already been done a 100 times before.  For this build my thought is to pull the best ideas from the various smokers available and incorporate these ideas into a single machine.   

Well that's enough talk for now....let me show you some progress pictures.

The interior is all SS sheet, cut and formed to shape.


 
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pit 4 brains

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Wow! Your quite the tin bender..

Is there a reason, other than cost and availability, that you went with 5052 instead of 7075-T6 for the aluminum? 

Any corrosion concerns with the SS and the aluminum?

Great looking build so far!
 
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Looks cool! Nice start.

For me electric and camping don't go hand in hand. But the mini-WSM works! I off grid camp and hate generators. So that leaves charcoal,propane or wood as my only option. Always fun smoking up a big meal at camp!
 

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Wow! Your quite the tin bender..

Is there a reason, other than cost and availability, that you went with 5052 instead of 7075-T6 for the aluminum? 

Any corrosion concerns with the SS and the aluminum?

Great looking build so far!
I used 5052 because it bends easy and I had some on-hand....I also have some 6061 but it is tough to bend without cracking.  I would have liked to use SS but it meant a trip the the steel yard.

I am not too worried about corrosion....I can always replace the shelf supports if necessary.

Thanks glad you like the build. 
 

rad racer

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Looks cool! Nice start.

For me electric and camping don't go hand in hand. But the mini-WSM works! I off grid camp and hate generators. So that leaves charcoal,propane or wood as my only option. Always fun smoking up a big meal at camp!
I hear you....off grid can be fun.   We do a lot of trips with our XP900 SXS, you gotta haul it......so it's toy haulers, generators and all the other stuff that goes with it.

BTW, you can't even hear a Honda 2000 if it's ~15ft away 



 

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I called a cow elk before dawn one morning pull-starting a Honda EU2000. I pulled it, didn't start but made that little squeak, a cow meowed(?) beck about 50 yards away. Unfortunately for her I had a cow elk tag in my backpack. 

I harvested her about a mile away after the sun came up..

They are some quiet generators though..
 

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Great looking build. Would love to see the finished product.  I'm located in Farmington, MN. Currently working on a fridge conversion. Just wondering what steel yard in the area has the best pricing???
 

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