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250 gallon smoker build progress with photos

 
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Rockymtnsmoker9



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14 11 8:24 am    Post subject: 250 gallon smoker build progress with photos Reply with quote

Hi all,

I have been working on a smoker for a couple of weeks now, and have my smoker mostly assembled. It was a mad dash to knock her together so she was functional for a July 3 party so I know she is uglier than a mud fence right now.

I did a non-offset firebox design, planning to use the firebox portion of the pit as a grill when I needed to cook high and fast. First cook was a 50 lb whole hog and everything worked great.

How critical is the RF design? I know 1 end of the pit will be hotter than the other, but with a downward deflected heat damper, I didnt experience really uneven cooking on this first cook.

Also, If I were to add a warming box at the end opposite the firebox, will I lose too much heat trying to keep things warm?

Finally, does anyone see any major disadvantages to mounting the pit parallel to the axle of a trailer on the back end of it as opposed to the side of a trailer with the doors right above the fender?

Any and all input is welcome.
First couple of photos follow:


Smoke em if you got em!

Hunter

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa405/hunterwlewis/smoker1.jpg

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa405/hunterwlewis/smoker2.jpg

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa405/hunterwlewis/smoker3.jpg

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa405/hunterwlewis/photo.jpg


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14 11 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the ring Rockymtnsmoker9.

This should help with the picture posting, just read these two threads
http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4096
http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=47314

I would be very cautious about adding propane to a smoker unless you are prepared to build in safety devices to prevent an explosion.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14 11 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rockymtnsmoker9, Check out the Gas Assist sticky on top of the page, ( I'd post a link if I knew how) Embarassed

If you want to add gas, be safe about it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14 11 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the ring Hunter, looking forward to seeing some pics of your cooks and seeing some pics of your cooker build. Smile
To date in my opinion Mike AKA BBQMAN has the only solution worthy of adding propane to a smoker and would not go any other route if I chose to. If you need electricity there is always the portable genset to get you through the night. I am also sure that such a unit could be made to be removable if you do not need it. I Believe in Mikes thread he mentions places to buy the parts for the unit if not and your interested shoot him a P.M. maybe he can point you in the right direction. Good luck with which ever way you choose to go.
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