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dennykyser
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13 10 7:26 am    Post subject: 1st Smoker Build, Need Advice. Reply with quote

I currently have these cookers.
BGE (Large) 22" WSM, 18" WSM, Brinkman Silver Smoker Offset, Weber Genesis Gold (natural gas)

I just started learning to weld with a Lincoln Electric Pro Mig 140 (115V)
Have a Hypertherm Powermax 30 plasma cutter and a saws all. I know my equipment is going to limit me to metal thinner than 1/4, I believe 3/16 would be my max but think 1/8" may be enough.

I love my BGE, and have the Stoker temp control for it, but the size makes ribs and brisket tough.

I am open to both offset and vertical, leaning a little to vertical but only because it seems it would be easier to build.

I love to build things so that is half the fun but do not want to end up with something that is worthless.

For Ribs and Brisket, would you suggest a verticle with slide out racks?

I have no problem sanding and painting ever couple years, and chances are this will end up on my front porch, so would 1/8" steel be thick enough?

I do not see using this for anything but doing ribs and brisket so pretty specific.

Right now I use Lump Charcoal 100% of the time with wood chips/chunks for the smoke. Not saying I couldn't get sticks, but if there is not a benefit to it, will stay with the lump.

I tried to use the calculators that were in a sticky but have a mac, and they did not work.

Any advice would be great, will do a design when I get some ideas and put it up for comments before I actually start building it.

One last thing, if I went with an offset could it be built square rather than round, all I ever see is round ones.
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k.a.m.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13 10 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dennykyser, if I were you I would look into a cabinet style cooker. Your tools and the fact that you probably like set it and for get it leans toward a cabinet build. Your welder and cutter are more than up to the task for a cabinet build and you will have a cooker that will perform the tasks you wish.
If you can upload open office .org on your mac you should be able to work the pit calculator. Bu if you choose a cabinet cooker it will not be much help. I look forward to following your progress. Smile
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dennykyser
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13 10 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to ask, what is a Cabinet Smoker?
Thinking its an insulated type, if so how do you insulate them. The only way I could think of is maybe make a frame out of square tubing and put sheet metal on both sides, leaving an air space between the sheet metal?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13 10 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dennykyser, you build your frame work out of square tubing then you skin the inside with sheet metal. Once this is done you lay high temp mineral wool insulation or something similar in the outside cavity's and skin the outside.
There are several builds on the ring built this way.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13 10 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
dennykyser, you build your frame work out of square tubing then you skin the inside with sheet metal. Once this is done you lay high temp mineral wool insulation or something similar in the outside cavity's and skin the outside.
There are several builds on the ring built this way.


Thanks for the help, will do some searches to see what I can find.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20 10 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes you can do a square off set smoker. I have built a few that way myself. I actually like building them better that way. Seems to take less time and you can fit more pans in them compared to a round one of the same size.
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Michael B
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27 10 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stump's gravity feed cabinet smokers are about as set & forget as you can get.
If you want to build a Stumps clone, Prairie BBQ Association has a great site for build help and pictures.
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