Vertical aluminum smoker build

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by seguragreenwave, Mar 8, 2015.

  1. seguragreenwave

    seguragreenwave Fire Starter

    "Up cycled" an old aluminum storage box into a vertical smoker.

    Box is 5' x 3' x 2' x 0.375" thick folded aluminum with a sealed lip in the lid.

    Cut holes for NG lines and air vents on sides and front and back.

    4 expanded metal shelves, resting on aluminum angle.

    Bayou Classic Banjo burner converted to NG.
    Water pan on lowest shelf and cast iron griddle for wood.

    Plenty of knowledge utilized and gleaned from this forum.

    Thanks for looking. Any questions or comments welcome.

  2. That looks like the man had a plan

    I like stick burners but I would be proud of that too
  3. Where are you locating your stack ?

  4. seguragreenwave

    seguragreenwave Fire Starter

    Adjustable AC vents on the sides at the top.
  5. Have you done any cooking yet?

  6. seguragreenwave

    seguragreenwave Fire Starter

    Oh yeah !

    Pulled pork



    Reverse sear prime rib

    Crosscut beef ribs
  7. Nice, looks good

  8. seguragreenwave

    seguragreenwave Fire Starter

    Smoker got some new upgrades on order.....

    Smoke Daddy Pellet pro hopper and 4 new upgraded air dampers.

    Last edited: Aug 10, 2015
  9. trippy

    trippy Smoke Blower

    I am currently in a build similar to this. Cres cor heating cabinet with a Pellet Pro hopper. hope to get it done in a couple weeks from now.... Nice build by the way.
  10. seguragreenwave

    seguragreenwave Fire Starter

  11. seguragreenwave

    seguragreenwave Fire Starter

    Upgrades added.

    Pellet hopper

    New dampers

    Trying to decide if I should paint it:

  12. sawinredneck

    sawinredneck Meat Mopper

    Just curious, how is it at holding temps? Just having spent time as an aircraft machinist I've had the thermal properties of alum beat into my head, therefore it would be low on my choices of material.
    But it looks great and the food looks even better!
    On the paint, I've yet to find an "over the counter" primer that sticks worth a hoot, I'd either polish it or look into powder coating it.
  13. trippy

    trippy Smoke Blower

    With the pellet hopper making non-stop fire to hold temp. It will not be much different then a smoker grill. Now if its insulated then it will hold heat too well. You have to make big vents to bring in cool air.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2015
  14. sawinredneck

    sawinredneck Meat Mopper

    Fair enough, I was just curious, glad it's working out, like I said, it's a slick looking build!
  15. seguragreenwave

    seguragreenwave Fire Starter

    I haven't cooked anything in it yet, but the two test runs seem to be holding temp very accurately and consistently.   I checked the calibration of the Pellet Pro with two separate digital, quick-read thermometers and the temps were within +/- 3 degrees F.

    Before it was easy to hold temp with a huge burner inside with 2 control valves.   The new dampers are much better than the cheap air vents I originally used, seem to help the air and smoke flow better, and allow more precise control. The Pellet Pro seems to have no problems keeping the temp fact, it gets the entire smoker up to 300 degrees F in about 4-5 minutes.

    Next will be some clean-up from the new cutting and drilling, then some Q!!!
  16. seguragreenwave

    seguragreenwave Fire Starter

    Thanks again!
  17. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have a build similar to this and the biggest problem with holding temps is if it is in a windy location.

    The wind will draw the heat right out of it. I have it in a wood storage shed... no rain or wind problems.

    nice job! looks great!

  18. seguragreenwave

    seguragreenwave Fire Starter

  19. trippy

    trippy Smoke Blower

    Out of the first test on my build with the Cres Cor warmer I am finding that a little wind would help. The temp still is hard to keep down. It has so far been running about 200 to 220 at lowest settings.  Both the bottom vent and stack wide open. The Pellet Pro at lowest settings is providing plenty of heat.

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