Starting my build

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kamont

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Original poster
Well finally got started on my build. Using a 100# propane tank, removed valve let sit upside down for a few weeks, then washed out with soapy water Good to Go. Cut hole for chimney (3.5') , and cutting out door which will be 13" x 31". This will be my spring project, no real rush, have to pick up some steel next time I am in town. Will post pic later today. Any comments along the way would be appreciated.

Have you used a calculator to figure appropriate dimensions so the smoker works properly ???

Dave

Well heres the start of the build, so far so good

Heres my 100# tank

Cutting out the door

Chimney hole in

Door

Cutout for the firebox

And I threw this one in for all you people sitting in the sunshine enjoying your smoker. This is my back 40 at the deer shack, still almost 2 feet of snow

Working on my hinges.

Need to get some more steel for the firebox and inside plate for cook chamber

mw-smoke
Nice smoker in progress & nice deer!

Looks like you have a good start there.

Chimney Size
Enter the diameter of your chimney pipe to find out how long it should be.
• A chimney that is too short may produce insufficient draft (drawing of air). A chimney that is too long may cause the air to cool before it exits, reducing effective draft and worse, dripping of exhaust materials onto food!
• Many horizontal smokers have an exhaust between 30-40 inches in length, but there is no hard and fast formula.
• If you are building a horizontal smoker with a vertical cooking cabinet, realize that the cabinet partly acts as an exhaust, thus you may greatly shorten the chimney.

12" chimney may be too short to pull draft.... I'd go with at least 24" length

18.82 FB/CC opening is too small.... Feldon's calculator has a problem.... I would go with 28 sq. in. opening between the FB and CC... also use the same number under the RF plate...

Dave

Does the position of the fire box matter?

My fire box will be 14" square, just wondering if it matters which way it gets mounted. I would like to load from the front (as you face the smoker) as opposed to end or side. Thanx for the help

Dave
Hi Dave

I moved the post

Thanx

Chimney Size
Enter the diameter of your chimney pipe to find out how long it should be.
• A chimney that is too short may produce insufficient draft (drawing of air). A chimney that is too long may cause the air to cool before it exits, reducing effective draft and worse, dripping of exhaust materials onto food!
• Many horizontal smokers have an exhaust between 30-40 inches in length, but there is no hard and fast formula.
• If you are building a horizontal smoker with a vertical cooking cabinet, realize that the cabinet partly acts as an exhaust, thus you may greatly shorten the chimney.

12" chimney may be too short to pull draft.... I'd go with at least 24" length

18.82 FB/CC opening is too small.... Feldon's calculator has a problem.... I would go with 28 sq. in. opening between the FB and CC... also use the same number under the RF plate...
Hi Dave

Chimney will be 24"

FB/CC opening will be approx 25 sq. in.

Thanx

Got a little bit more done.

Added a 2" pipe nipple in centre for a clean out

Added 1" valve for a grease drain

Hinges

Angle iron down centre to collect grease, attached to drain

Haven't started any welding yet, just getting all my parts together.

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Got a little bit more done today, added the stand. Had a couple of old wheels around off an old lawn tractor should work good for moving the smoker around.

Door is framed handle installed and hinges on

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