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someone is bringing me a 55g drum....

lisacsco

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....now how do I build a smoker??? What are some ideas??

(it had a liner in the drum, so I believe it is clean, if not I'll get it sandblasted or whatever to get it in shape)

This smokin' is taking over my life.....but I dont need savin'


Lisa

 

keywesmoke

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Lisa, you got bit hard!! Unless you can weld or know somewho can, it's cheaper to buy an offset, IMO.
Don't blame me.........!! This stuff's good, isn't it?
 

deejaydebi

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Yeah and unless you can get all the pieces for free it's way cheaper to buy one!
 

gypsyseagod

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just curious on that netrelief plan- whats the purpose of the 1st flue or the left end smoke stack- 1st flue negates the left end rack & even if not, the left end stack negates the smoke flow to the right end rack ( btw the right end rack would be hotter w/ fire directly underneath) i wish i had a scanner as this point may not get across-but i have seen upright 55 gal smokers w/ a bottom door (wood on 1 side & a top door on the opposite, split along the bevels in 3 sections evenly w/the smoke stack straight up & a 90 deg. on it w/ a slide damper.) hard to get across typing but look @ old whiskey stills.
 

teacup13

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the second flue actually evens the temp out better... the first original plans came with just one flue and the temps and heat retention were not good

once a baffle is installed on the bottom of the cook barrel, the temps hold steady and even(from what i have read)

i am in the process of getting all the material to build a smoker similar to that... except mine will be made of old air compressor tanks.... 15-20 gallon on bottom... 45-80 gallon cook tank

the purpose of the second stack for my build is that i am going to incorporate it into a cold smoker
 

lisacsco

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I have a MIG welder here at the house, and a plasma cutter so I am good to go, just point the way :)

Lisa
 

teacup13

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if you click on the links i posted, some of them have step by step details
 

lisacsco

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I liked this design: http://www.mtwnet.com/gallery/smoker/DSC01838 but I would need another barrel...might have to call my friend back and see if he has another barrel :) But I would probably have to go somewhat simplier since I want to do this myself. I will make me some plans and see what I come up with.

I just want to do this right.


Lisa
 

teacup13

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i like that one as well but the only thing i would change on it is where the chimney is...

i would change it to two chimney's, one on each end at grate level, get better air flow...just my opinion though
 

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I say make a UDS (ugly drum smoker) or BDS (Big Drum Smoker) clone. If I had a choice, the UDS. Why? Well can you imagine a butt ugly barrel that produces some quality 'Q? You'd be the envy of all yur friends.
 

lisacsco

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I thought about it, but I already have two uprights and I wanted one that was wide to hold something bigger. I have a lot of reading to do before I even start. I first even have to find a plan. But I'll get there


Lisa
 

teacup13

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this was my first plan or was it my second...maybe it was the third...lol

instead of the drums i was going to originally i am using old air compressor tanks... i figured i only would have to build it once and then tweak it as needed...

 

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I forget the name right now, but I remember seeing a company that sold a kit to make once of the. It had the door, hinges, etc. Maybe someone will come along and remember the name of the company.
 

lisacsco

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Yes, your plans are great and I love the one, but I havent yet decided
on what I need to do :)


I just want to make sure it is soemthing I can handle :) The site you posted above will be a BIG help for me, thanks :):)

~Lisa~
 

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