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Mel's Horizontal Smoker Build ( Finished Pics)
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Mel
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07 09 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Rubit"]Nice looking rig for sure.

If you end up having draw problems consider cutting off the stacks a bit, They look a bit tall. This may especially be true on cool days. Too tall and it cools the rising gases off and you start loosing lift.

May not be a problem at all.

They are at three feet tall now what would you recommend maybe two feet?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07 09 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mel wrote:
They are at three feet tall now what would you recommend maybe two feet?


Didn't I warn ya on the comments!!! Wink People comented on mine at 3' tall and it works fine for me. YMMV

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09 09 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mel,
THAT IS ONE NICE SMOKER!! Smile Smile
My build is slowly "creaping-along", and I SOOOO can't wait for that first slow and low cook.

Great job again!!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09 09 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a great looking smoker! Cant wait to build my own.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09 09 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I would cut 6" off and run it again but only if you have a draw problem. Iff it works fine let it be. You might want to get a few runs under your belt so you get to know it first

This is really a nifty build I am sure you will enjoy having it,
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09 09 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks,
Here's an update. After playing with it for two nights, I couldn't keep enough wood in it to keep it up to temp. Every time the fire would die down just a little bit the temp would drop a good twenty five degrees or more and took to long to recover. I cut the stacks down a foot and it made no difference. I am sure the fire box is to small and the stove might be to efficient for a smoker.

So I took my turkey frier and put it under the smoker and set a coffee can full of wood chunks inside over the flame and it worked like a dream (don't run me out of the ring) LOL, It's not what I had in mind but I sure liked the results. Saturday I put a butt on and IMO it came out awesome. ( sorry no pics I didn't have batteries for the camera) So I'm considering mounting a metal box unerneath with a burner inside and just making it in to a gas smoker. I kinda like the set it and forget it feature. I'm headed to the Grand Canyon later part of the week for a couple of days so I'm going to have to put it on hold till I get back, I'll keep you updated.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09 09 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mel that is great. Now you have something you know works.

It is difficult to tell how big the firebox is by the pictures but it does not have to be huge if you can get the air moving and use smaller wood.

When you open the firebox door while burning wood, is there a lot of smoke in the firebox like it is not clearing well?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09 09 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rubit wrote:
Mel that is great. Now you have something you know works.

It is difficult to tell how big the firebox is by the pictures but it does not have to be huge if you can get the air moving and use smaller wood.

When you open the firebox door while burning wood, is there a lot of smoke in the firebox like it is not clearing well?


Yea there was quite bit of smoke, I can open up the bottom door a little bit and give it more draft and then it would work but then there is no control. It was worth a shot at least I can make the smoker still work no wasted effort there.
I also just found out I can make the stove work in the house in front of the exsisting fire place, I didn't think it would fit but I realized the the stove has removable feet that that will give me the clearance I need to pipe it into the chimney so that makes me happy. Now I have one more project Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10 09 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mel, that is truly an original and awesome looking build Very Happy I love the way it turned out. Very nice work indeed. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11 09 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lots of smoke in a firebox is a sure sign of not moving enough air. A good clean burn will have little or no smoke.

I had hoped cutting the stack would give you a bit better flow. I posted a picture of my tall stack mistake.

http://hotdogschilisandsauces.blogspot.com/

I built a smaller unit from an old water tank with a side mounted exhaust like yours. I found it ran better on charcoal. Not that a side draft want make a good wood burner but it hurts the draft so if you can't have air flow restrictions.

I hope you can get it working. It is one nifty build.
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