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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-17-2002, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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OT BBQ/smoker design plans?

I want to build a smoker, and need some ideas, why do some have a seperate chamber for the wood box?

is there some secret ratio for proper convection or air flow, like the exhaust is xtimes the adjustable input?

any links picstures, descriptions, whatever is welcomed!

My freind has one, and he always hosts our monthly poker games, and we want to build a better one, so we dont have to spend half of the evening fueling/adjusting the darn thing!

thanks!
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Re: OT BBQ/smoker design plans?

One reason for the separate fire box is to eliminate the grease fire flair ups that can occure with the fire box directly under the smoke box. As to the air flow or convection I can't tell you about that.
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Re: OT BBQ/smoker design plans?

I didnt realize that the firebox would proivide enough heat on its own to actually cook meat in a seperate chamber, but after reading some on smokeys site I see that it will, but it takes a long time to heat up.

I realize now that I must have the firebox seperate, for the reasons you state!


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Re: OT BBQ/smoker design plans?

My girlfriends grampa has a place up in the mountains on a river. He has a smoker built into the ground, it is great. 15 min after the fish are caught they are on the smoker.

he has a fire chamber/place burried in a ledge so the door opens but behind the door, the fire box is burried with a pice of stove pipe running a foot back under ground then up into a big tall wood box, with about 5 mesh racks going up. Works great, tastes great.

I would just build a box and racks, then get a old small fire place and attach it to the box with stove pie. Then smoke away.

Great way to cook.

I would not worry about the desighn to much, dont think you can screw it up to bad.

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Re: OT BBQ/smoker design plans?

I've heard that the brisket and ribs guys like to find an old refrigerator, build a separate firebox and stove pipe the smoke and heat in low with a vent pipe higher up. You need to find an older one with metal interior. They're insulated to hold heat, the door seals well, and the racks are already there.
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Re: OT BBQ/smoker design plans?

Ozark,

Two pretty good books, "Sublime Smoke" by Jamison and "The Grilling Encyclopedia" by Sinnes. Smoking cooks with heat and flavors/cures with the smoke.

The Grilling Encyclopedia has a pretty good section on smoking, probably not worth buying if you can borrow, as it's mostly devoted to grilling (or what Yankee's call "BBQ" - NOT!)

Google search should give you a few plans

http://www.eaglequest.com/~bbq/smokehouses.html

I've seen some that use a 30 gallon oil drum, but haven't made my own yet. Have 2 smokers (cold and charcoal/water), plus three "BBQ's" already!
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Re: OT BBQ/smoker design plans?

Get a current copy of Chili Pepper Magazine (http://www.usubscribe.com/order.cfm?...epper+magazine) and check out their coverage on BBQ. Each issue they talk ribs, recipes, and techniques and frequently have articles highlighting equipment. For what its worth.... the best smoker I've ever had the pleasure of watching work was an old fridge. Awesome!!

BTW if you get the magazine, the beer can chicken is fantastic... did that one last night!

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Re: OT BBQ/smoker design plans?

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Re: OT BBQ/smoker design plans?

Hey thanks guys!

thos elinks will keep my sketching and reading for a while!

I need something a littel more asthetically pleasing than an old frig in teh backyard! , My wife would have a cow, but it would look right at home next to the CJ tub.

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Re: OT BBQ/smoker design plans?

If you have the money get a Brinkmann smoker.www.thebrinkmanncorp.com. I have the small smoker/grill and I love it. The big ones are 1/4" steel plate and have a 75 year warranty!!
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