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#1 Team_Green OFFLINE  

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Posted April 21, 2013 - 02:20 PM

I'm in need of building a smoker. The one the family had got left back in Texas.  Soo.. I have some questions. 

 

Is thicker metal better for the main body parts? I have some 1/4 inch casing and some 5/8ths with spray weld hardining on it. I'm not sure how i would cut the 5/8ths.. BUT if it is better then i would figure it out.  I can weld what ever i need to weld and getting extra material is easy.  I know i need to place it on wheels but this sucker will be heavy.. Is there a ratio between the fire box and the upper smoke box for size? Is there a ratio for exhaust stack size to fire box and smoke box size? 

 

Thanks for any helping hints that you can think of over and above this..

 

BTW.. anyone ever near Edmonton is always welcome out for a roast and beer (or pop if you dont drink).


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Posted April 21, 2013 - 02:35 PM

Gerald,

We have one of those Char Broil smoking grills we bought a couple years ago. It is rusting up and the metal is pretty thin. It is a good size though and I can get measurements off of it if you think it will help?



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Posted April 21, 2013 - 04:02 PM

Thicker is better, it will help to maintain heat better, also if I was to make another one I would lower the chimney to close to the grate in the bottom. Another feature I like is called a reverse flow design. That is where you ave a plate in the bottom and the smoke comes out of the firebox, under the plate and into the cooking chamber on the other side. This will also help to maintain more even heat.

As far as firebox size, I don't have a good way to estimate size. I know mine is to big, it's 20" square. I would make mine smaller.

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Posted April 21, 2013 - 04:13 PM

All this info helps.. and not a big fire box.. check.. here i was thinking i needed a big fire box...  

 

Nutndun if you can measure em i would appreciate that.  

 

Amigatec If i understand properly for the reverse flow the exhaust stack for the cook chamber would be over top the fire box.. Anything you guys would want to add?? I really only want to do this one time.. It will also get used as a BBQ.. so i have to make provisions for that..


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Posted April 21, 2013 - 05:55 PM

All this info helps.. and not a big fire box.. check.. here i was thinking i needed a big fire box...  
 
Nutndun if you can measure em i would appreciate that.  
 
Amigatec If i understand properly for the reverse flow the exhaust stack for the cook chamber would be over top the fire box.. Anything you guys would want to add?? I really only want to do this one time.. It will also get used as a BBQ.. so i have to make provisions for that..



Yes that's correct. A normal smoker can have a temp difference from one end to the other end of 50* or more. The reverse flow will help to even it out. I added a piece of metal to my chimney to lower the level where the smoke exits and it really helps. The smoker needs to seal good. The trick is to control the airflow. It has taken me a few tries to learn how to keep the temp below 250*.

As far as the fire box, I wanted mine big enough to use fire place size logs, but if you fill it up at will get way to hot. I have found is better to add smaller amounts more often. I use fist size chunks, and lump charcoal in mine.

Another thing you might consider, is a smoker pit controller. It's basically a fan with a micro processor to maintain the temp.

I posted a video on YouTube showing the changes.

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Posted April 21, 2013 - 07:07 PM

Last summer I was given one of these.

I Just love it. Turn it on, and walk away. Uses very little

power. I run it off my little Honda inverter, back at the hunt camp/

It only draws 200watts.

I use to use a charcoal wet smoker, but it was just too much baby sitting.


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Posted April 21, 2013 - 10:46 PM

Will That is a  nice smoker.. but.. 1000 bucks is outta my range. I'm looking at 500 bucks max for my cost..

 

Thanks for the info Amigatec.


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Posted April 22, 2013 - 12:44 AM

Last summer I was given one of these.
I Just love it. Turn it on, and walk away. Uses very little
power. I run it off my little Honda inverter, back at the hunt camp/
It only draws 200watts.
I use to use a charcoal wet smoker, but it was just too much baby sitting.


There can be a lot of baby sitting, but if its built correctly they almost run themselves. Some people brag about letting there run overnight with almost no watching.

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Posted April 22, 2013 - 06:43 PM

Gerald, how about this?  ........................   :bigrofl:

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Posted April 22, 2013 - 06:52 PM

Gerald, how about this? ........................ :bigrofl:
lilpig.jpg


Wrong animal. Lol it has to go bahhhh when it's done.
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Posted April 22, 2013 - 07:03 PM

Will That is a  nice smoker.. but.. 1000 bucks is outta my range. I'm looking at 500 bucks max for my cost..

 

Thanks for the info Amigatec.

I had no idea, they where worth that much. I didn't even look at the rest of the link I posted.

It was a gift. I guess, I better be nice to those folks. :smilewink:

But, it sure does work good.

I've made a couple briskets on there. My mouth, just waters, thinking about them.


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Posted April 22, 2013 - 07:10 PM

I had no idea, they where worth that much. I didn't even look at the rest of the link I posted.
It was a gift. I guess, I better be nice to those folks. :smilewink:
But, it sure does work good.
I've made a couple briskets on there. My mouth, just waters, thinking about them.


$1000 really isn't to bad for a good smoker, the one my FIL is giving me retails for $800, and its just a basic model.

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Posted April 22, 2013 - 08:11 PM

Wrong animal. Lol it has to go bahhhh when it's done.

Someone has it right... Needs to go Bahhhhhh



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Posted April 22, 2013 - 08:13 PM

Gerald, how about this?  ........................   :bigrofl:

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You must have me confused with Pigsitter....  :smilewink:



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Posted May 02, 2013 - 08:08 PM

I run a Char-Broil side box smoker.  I've got a deflector plate at the hot end, adjustable tuning plates across the body and my stack is extended down to the grates.  With a bowl of water above the deflector to help with the hot spot, I can run 240-250*F as long as it doesn't start raining.  I run a mixture of lump and briquette charcoal for fuel with lump wood on the coals for flavor.  I have to add coals every 45-50min to maintain because I don't have a basket in it, just coals on the grates.  I'm wanting to set up a basket for it but I mainly smoke hamburgers and chicken on it.  Never anything that needs much over an hours run time.

 

I'm planning on smoking a meatloaf this weekend, not sure how long it will take though.  

 

I generally sit in my beach chair in the shade of the garage with a cold beer and a good book.  Passes the time and helps me relax.






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