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First Smoker! Homemade Offset

 
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Ryan10700



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25 09 9:18 am    Post subject: First Smoker! Homemade Offset Reply with quote

Hey gang, new guy here. First post, first smoker! Built this with my uncle out of a 55 gallon drum in our shop!










Here's the best part. . . price break down.

55 gallon drum- $7
Burn box- $Free (Old water softener lift tank)
Legs- $Free (Scrap angle iron)
Leg supports- $Free (Scrap conduit)
Chimney- $14 (Exhaust pipe from auto parts store)
Tread plate- $7 (Local steel supply yard)
1" Steel strap- $3 (Local steel supply yard)
Spray paint- $13 (Wal-Mart)
Misc hardware- $15 (Lowes)
Thermometer- $13 (River Country)
Grill racks- $1 (Junk yard)

Grand total= $73!

The price of enjoying BBQ on your own homemade smoker- $ Priceless $
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BluzQue
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25 09 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man O Man Ryan10700 That's a nice Lil Smoker you put together there Very Happy And the price can't be beat Wink
Welcome to the Ring Very Happy
Lookin' forward to seein' your posts & pics of your cooks!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25 09 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ryan10700, first I would like to say welcome to the ring. I look forward to seeing some pics of your cooks. Smile You did an awesome job on your cooker build, I love it Very Happy A very nice layout, and well balanced, I look forward to seeing your first cook and some smoke. Nicely done My man Smile
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King Coal
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25 09 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a darn good thing I'm not as crafty as you guys, because another obsession would get me a divorce for sure. Nice build man!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25 09 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grats on the new smoker, you done well.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25 09 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice build Ryan. I built one almost identical to that some years back. I do have a couple suggestions based on my experience with mine. One is to drill some holes in the bottom ridges of that drum for drainage. You can hang a couple cans under them if needed. My dog just cleaned my drippings.

Second you will need some sort of diverter. It appears your cook grills are low and much of your heat/smoke might go over your meat. I would raise the cook grills up and divert some of the initial heat/smoker down the tank some. Just my $.02
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Ryan10700



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26 09 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First, I'd like to thank EVERYONE for their kind words and comments on my build!! Can't wait to get some meat in there and smokin Smile

Purplewg- Thanks for the tips- Until I had a cap on the exhaust it was getting quite a bit of water in the barrel when it rained, but even though it is got a cap now I think I will drill some holes in the bottom as you suggested! I built a fire in it before I painted it to burn the paint off and it was over 375 in no time and held it for quite awhile. When I opened the door the smoke was just rolling around in there and then going out of the exhaust. Think it'll be ok?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28 09 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a perfect size first smoker. I hope you took good notes on the build, I am sure it won't be long until you will be ready to build a bigger one. Looks great and have fun.
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Ryan10700



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30 09 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Ron! I'm actually trying to sell this one because I came up with some good ideas after I got it built and want one bigger too! I did have to cut the fire box off and relocate it lower to get better draw and even heat to the racks. Working awesome now!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30 09 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice build!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30 09 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ryan10700 wrote:
Thanks Ron! I'm actually trying to sell this one because I came up with some good ideas after I got it built and want one bigger too! I did have to cut the fire box off and relocate it lower to get better draw and even heat to the racks. Working awesome now!


Ryan, I regret to inform you, you have the disease. It has happened to many of us. The symptoms are, urge to build another before finishing the first, urge to build a bigger one, urge to build several different designs. If any of these sound familiar, I'm sorry you are hooked! Laughing
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