Thinking about building a new smoker, but ????

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by shoneyboy, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My son and I bought this warming box today at an auction, fairly cheap, $125.00. I was thinking, hey I see a new a smoker in my future, but after looking it up online, this thing sells for $2800.00!!!! Before I found out how much it cost, all I could think about was just how cool of a smoker I can make out of this thing....... After I looking it up, Now all I can think about is, this would make a great EBay item $$$.........I just don't know if I have the heart to cut it up........anyone have any thoughts .........ShoneyBoy


     
  2. EBAY! you can buy a nice smoker with the change. Nice score!

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    SB, evening....   you have a difficult decision now.....  Got any friends that need a warmer ???  Good trading stock.....
     
  4. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    @themule69 I'm a builder and rather than buying one, I think I would really enjoy building one so much more, I know I could build something nice depending on what it sells for ...........

    @DaveOmak I do not as of now, but I hope to meet a rich one very soon....... LOL

    ShoneyBoy
     
  5. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sure is a pretty cabinet.
     
  6. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yea, and it would make a pretty smoking cabinet too........:confused:
     
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'd sell it. For that kind of Cash you could build a heck of a nice smokehouse!
     
  8. ats32

    ats32 Smoking Fanatic

    If you don't need the money I wouldn't look at it as how much you can make on it I would look at it as how much you have invested in it. If you can get away with making your dream smoker for around $200 you might as well do it. A perfect smoker that you're happy about will last a lot longer than the $2k you may get out of it.

    If you're hard up for cash...sell it. 
     
  9. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    But it is screaming.......screaming I tell you to be a smoker!!!  That is a really tough decision. Am I helping any Shoneyboy?
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2013
  10. I have to agree with your logic.

    David
     
  11. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    @WoodcutterNo, no help what so ever!!! I have been outside looking at several times. Between yesterday and today I even found myself with a tape measure in my hand once......... Oh what have I gotten myself into......:hit:
     
  12. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    @themule69 that is where I'm at right now........ Do I really need the $$$$.???? Do I really need to build a new smoker out of this cabinet??? Either way I do feel I need a new smoker though:yahoo:......
     
  13. how about instead of a smoker, i bet that thing would hold even temps and with a little tinkering you can use it to make fermented and/or dried sausages....
     
  14. Hi shoneyboy, Thought I would put my 2 cents worth in here.

    I have much the same thing as you just bought in the auction and I'm here to tell you, It makes a perfect smoker. I don't see the heating element in the pictures you posted unless you have removed it. Mine has the original electric heating unit in it.

    The heater has 2 heat elements, They are both enclosed in 1 unit but can be run separate or together. The bigger element stands vertically in the back and the other one is smaller and is in the base unit for the purpose of heating water that can be put in a small reservoir for moisture.

    I went a couple steps further and drilled through the side wall and installed the gas valve on the outside and a propane burner on the inside, both scavenged from an old barbcue. I use the electric heating when I do cold smoking, such as Bacon and Jerky, when I do ribs, chicken etc. for hot smoke, I light the propane burner to get the needed heat.

    I also installed a 4" X 10" floor furnace vent in the top for an exhaust port, and a 4" X 10" wall furnace vent in the lower part of the door for an air inlet vent, Both of these have the control to control the opening size. I also installed a 3" aluminum elbow in the lower left rear side for using the mail box mod and my amsn-p pellet burner.

    I am attaching pictures so you can see what I have done with mine.


    view showing the control panel for the electric elements


    View of the propane burner and cast iron skillet for when I used wood chips


    Gas valve and mail box mod connection


    view of inlet vent in door


    Close up of inlet vent


    view of vent in top for exhaust vent. This makes a heck of a good smoker, Its insulated, It has the large casters to roll it in and out, Just can't think of what more could be wanted in a home made smoker, unless it was for a larger one.

    Rich-
     
  15. Here is another picture of my build.
     
  16. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It won't rust!!!
     
  17. It would make a nice smoker, or if you put it on ebay you would probably have enough to pay for material on a new smoker build, Smoker building is fun, just can't have too many --- well maybe, but you can always sell your least favorite'

    Gary
     
  18. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Are smoking out of it yet Shoneyboy?
     
  19. Inquiring minds would like to know!!
     

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