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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24 09 12:18 am    Post subject: Mel's Horizontal Smoker Build ( Finished Pics) Reply with quote

Here are pics of the wood stove I'm going to use, It is a air tight stove made in Germany my dad bought back in the eighties. It is designed to burn coal or wood, has a thermostat controlled damper or you can manually over ride it. I was going to install it in my house but there is no place to install it. Since I'm not going to have to modify it for the smoker it could be used elsewhere later if I want to. It also has ceramic tiles that go around the outside, so it's going to be fancy. Be patient it will be a few weeks before I can start on it. I'll keep you all updated
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24 09 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mel Looks like a great plan my friend Very Happy
Lookin' forward to the progress & finished pics.
Be sure & let us see this bad boy smokin' some meat!

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24 09 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't even walk past a tank, stove, filing cabinet, engine block, (you-name-it..) without imagining it designed to somehow be a quality smoker. I can see that this is gonna be a strong build!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24 09 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mel:

do you have some photos of the plenum of the wood stove? To be honest that is a coal stove based on what I can see and that is why it is so compact. Coal burns HOT and the average wood stove can't handle the temp. Built like a brick...... well you know.

You're not gona like what you see in the pressure tank as I found with the Bride Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24 09 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is a wood/coal stove wood is all we ever burned in it. I'll try and get some pics. of the chambers it does have a second combustion chamber. If thats what your referring to. In some ways I hate to use it because it really is a unique stove. Twelve years ago I paid almost $1000. for a replacement back panel and some other small parts for it. I could have bought a new stove for that but not near as efficient.

Thanks for the warning but I know what to expect when I cut in to the tank, I found out when I made my WSM clone in the thread in my sig. Looks like a may have some free time today so I'm going to start laying things out.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25 09 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok so I was able to do some planning today heres what I got so far. When I replaced the back wall years ago I forgot that it came with a 4 1/2" outlet and I had to have a bell adapter custom made to go to 6". No biggie just have to cut a bigger hole. I changed my mind on tanks the green one is a little smaller in diameter but it is a little longer. The blue one had a 5" hole in the bottom that I was going to have to make plate to cover. I'm thinking about using two 3" or 4" pipes out of the back, any suggestions would be helpful.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30 09 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok well I ended up with extra time sooner than I thought, so I got alot done on the smoker. My buddy owns a muffler shop so he hooked me up with two three inch pipes. Home depot had grates just the right size, Tomorrow I will fire it up and see how it runs. After I get the white paint out of the one end Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30 09 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is very unique. I hope you will keep us posted on how it performs.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30 09 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How ya gonna move it????
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30 09 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teleking wrote:
How ya gonna move it????


Shocked Doh!!! You mean I can't leave it in the middle of my shop LOL
No the stove pipe will slide off of the flange from the stove.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30 09 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Shocked Doh!!! You mean I can't leave it in the middle of my shop LOL.


I guess you could with a little bit longer exhaust stacks out the door Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30 09 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teleking wrote:
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Shocked Doh!!! You mean I can't leave it in the middle of my shop LOL.


I guess you could with a little bit longer exhaust stacks out the door Wink


Actually my first thoughts were to vent it out of the side of my shop but I didn't want to have to go out to the shop every time I wanted to cook, but I would be able to cook no matter what the weather was doing.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01 09 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks awesome. Im loving the dual stacks. Im gonna do a similar stack like yours but just one. Looking good!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01 09 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mel, your cooker is looking awesome Very Happy I love the use of the F/P unit. I will be watching for more updates Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01 09 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks,
I know it looks a little weird, once I get it on my patio I might put the stove on the back side it depends on how it fits. I fired it up yesterday with charcoal but it just barely held temp, once I put logs in it it came up just fine but I had to leave the damper open all the way, so its not going to be a set and forget it kind of deal like I was hoping for. I need to just play with it and see what happens. Worse case I'll make a larger fire box if I don't like the way it works.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07 09 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok finally got it done and moved up on my patio, I think it is going to work fine.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07 09 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome Job on your build Mel Very Happy
If it holds the temps you want I woould leave it
just like it is. I think it's a unique lookin' beauty!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07 09 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mel
How hot does your stove get? It looks like you might roast some nut$ while you cook your food!! Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07 09 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.

As to where to put it. It would look dog gone good at my house. Surprised)
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07 09 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BLUZQUE, thanks it seems like it holds temps pretty good just going to have to keep feeding it.

SMOKE76, The stove doesn't get that hot with the ceramic tiles, you can lean against it with out getting burned, besides no longer than your standing over it it's not going to be that bad.

RUBIT Thanks for the advice I may consider doing just that it did seem like it wasn't drawing all that great and I wasn't sure if that was my problem or there wasn't enough air getting through the intake.
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