• Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.

Smoke Rookie from Ontario Canada


Joined Aug 26, 2013
Hello all I am new to the world of smoking meats but I have made a few attempts with some pretty impressive results. My hope is that I can hone my skills and enjoy the fruits of my labour.

It all started when I seen a picture of a smoker made from an old wine barrel. I found a barrel on Kijiji and went to work. I cut the top off, cut out a small stoking door in the rear and drilled three 1" vent hole in the bottom. Fuel source is lump coal in small BBQ pan with 3" chimney stack and two 18" grilling racks. First attempt was side ribs and chicken, then chicken and salmon then turkey. Everybody was impressed and now friends and neighbours all want a piece.

I had to line the barrel with foil as the more I used the smoker the barrels staves started to separate and I was losing my heat and smoke. This is all trial and error for me and I will be tapping all the knowledge that has been assembled on this web site.

Looking forward to chat with you all.



Epic Pitmaster
Joined Oct 7, 2012
Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions Post it
and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is because their
are so many different ways to make great Q We all have our own taste.

Very nice looking smoker. Will you post a few pics in the build section?

Happy smoken.



Sausage maker
Staff member
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Apr 28, 2010
Welcome to SMF Z28 and were glad to have you aboard so join in, share your experiences, have some fun and don’t forget to post our favorite………

The Qveiw

Nice looking smoker and whats inside...........

Happy smoking



SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
Staff member
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
OTBS Admin
Group Lead
Joined Mar 22, 2008
Welcome to SMF glad you joined us

bama bbq

Master of the Pit
Joined Sep 24, 2011
That's a nice pit! I really like your craftsmanship. Good lookin meats as well!

gary s

Gone but not forgotten. RIP
OTBS Member
Joined Jan 6, 2011
Hello and welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of information and great people that are willing to throw in their two cents worth on about anything   ......... 
[/h1][h1]  [/h1][h1]Gary[/h1]

Hot Threads

Top Bottom
  AdBlock Detected

We noticed that you're using an ad-blocker, which could block some critical website features. For the best possible site experience please take a moment to disable your AdBlocker.