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funman1 09-08-2012 03:27 PM

Intro and Wine Barrel Smoker Project Build Thread
A little bit about me... I do IT as my day job and am a Professional Pyro at my night job. :)
Here are some pics and videos if interested...

Now onto Smoker business....

I wanted to build a smoker, and I was going to go UDS but then fell in love with the idea of making it beautiful and functional.

So hence the Wine Barrel Smoker.

Info about its design.
Brand new wine barrel fresh from a local winery.
Still in progess
Planning to use the Amaz-N-Smoker (LOVE IT!) to create smoke.
Plan to use an electric hot plate burner just for heat (as needed) so I will be able to cold smoke or hot smoke.
Hot plate will be controlled via electronic thermostat.
Stained the wood with a nice finish I liked
Plan on having two grates for cooking
Plan to add a stack to the top
Plan to finish the door at the bottom
Used a special paint for the bands (7214 Gray) called Hammered. That give the metal a hammered look AND TEXTURE I loved.

Onto pics...

What do you guys think???

Shadowdog500 09-08-2012 05:29 PM

That looks pretty neat!!!!


Chezmatt 09-08-2012 05:32 PM

That looks gorgeous.

MisterChrister 09-08-2012 05:37 PM

Wow that's a pretty cool rig! Thanks for sharing and welcome to the club! You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!


MS2SB 09-08-2012 05:38 PM

Very cool

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J-Rod 09-08-2012 05:53 PM

I really like the idea, and nice job on the fit and finish details! I'm interested to see how well it holds temp, I'm betting it does well being made of wood. Don't forget to post updates and more photos!

NU2QN 09-08-2012 06:01 PM


I too built a WBS. They are a great conversation piece and look great on the patio. Unfortunatley, mine is currently down but not out. My error was not accounting for the central California heat. As hard as I tried, I could not keep the moisture in the wood which eventually led to air leaks and uncontrollable temperatures. I have plans to revive mine but am waiting to see the results of some improvement ideas when I made one friend. He's doing the finishing touches this week.

Here is a link to my thread if you are interested.

BBQ PD 09-08-2012 06:04 PM

Outstanding start to what I'm sure will be a work of wine barrel art once complete :thumb:.

Daggs 09-11-2012 11:49 PM

I see overspray in locations. A good 1/16" maybe more. Looks horrible, give it to me so nobody else sees it and try again. I'm trying to help you save face.
I'm only serious, I'll take it!

Very unique, I dig it!

sparky66 09-12-2012 12:26 AM


Originally Posted by funman1 (Post 2205117)
What do you guys think???

I think she's beautiful!

funman1 09-25-2012 11:48 PM

Added the door and the smoke stack today.
Need to add a latch on the door for sure.
As for the temp issues there should be no issues because it's going to be run by an AMPS for smoke and heater coil with controller for exact temps.

Yes I can now see light between all the staves, but so far it's not effecting performance.
Todays test in the shade, Ambient temp 81: with AMPS running single end ignition 30 mins into running it, stabilized perfectly at 105 for 3 hours.
Yes not high enough for cooking, and too high for cold smoking BUT, it proved with a stable heat source the temp was stable.
Smoke was even coming out of the staves during the smoke because of the gaps.
So when the CA weather starts to get colder I want to cold smoke.
And want to cook when i get the heater installed :)\NSUDS\nsuds9.jpg

el_matt 09-26-2012 01:17 PM

Nicely done. I've got a wine barrel that I'm going to start on soon (hopefully). What did you do about the bung hole? How did you cut the lid?


volare 09-26-2012 01:40 PM

Sometimes you can get barrels like that except they held bourbon or whiskey. :biggrin1:

Now I'm hungry.

GrillinFool 09-26-2012 02:08 PM

I so want one of these!

Bob in St. Louis 09-26-2012 04:19 PM

That's nothing short of awesome. I *need* one of those.
Would a nice coating of mineral spirits on the inside and outside help keep the wood moist?

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