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dupemaster 09-26-2012 11:01 PM

What have I gotten myself into??
I have been smoking meat for years, but have just recently had a desire to do it better.

It all started with a little Weber kettle grill that I rigged up to smoke with. Went to a Kingsford barrel grill that I ended up modifying to optimize smoking.

Two months ago, I snapped!

I went in search for knowledge. I thought to myself "There are car forums and gun forums, there must be BBQ forums?" Punched it into the google machine and ended up here. I read for two solid weeks. Looking for the best type of smoker.

Now I find myself building a smoker out of a coupe of drums. I know I could have just built a UDS, but where's the fun in that? I settled on an offset reverse flow drum smoker.

I snagged a couple coolant drums from work.

Cut and clean!

Stuck together.

Lid flange finished.


Cut and welded in a 1/8 inch plate.

Chains for hinges (I think I'll call it The Chain Smoker)

Stack pulled out of the trash bin at work.

Where it's at as of today.

I have now been working on this thing for a month on my weekends. I'm not a welder or fabricator by any means. It been frustrating blowing through the thin walls of the drums using my little flux core welder. I wish I had a better work space and maybe a few more tools. I've got to build the grill, put a door on the firebox and add some thermometers and it'll be ready to go!

If I had to do it all over again I'd use a 22' x1/4 steel pipe. Or just build a UDS.

My name is Jesse, and I'm addicted to BBQ.

mbshop 09-26-2012 11:11 PM

interesting indeed. can't wait to read how it does.

Rpf41978 09-26-2012 11:20 PM

Welcome to our addiction Jesse! Great job with the RF smoker, don't forget to show us the final product in action.

Johnny Ca$h 09-26-2012 11:22 PM

looks Great I like the chain hinges and handles and the thin wall is a B!tch ta weld while you are learning to weld :wink: lets see that thing cookin

Foxfire 09-26-2012 11:31 PM

Looking forward to seeing the build... and the pron! Keep us in the loop, great job so far!

Pyle's BBQ 09-27-2012 12:02 AM

Hi Jesse, welcome to the club. Keep up the good work.

code3rrt 09-27-2012 12:45 AM

fur sure....welcome to the group.....with that size fire box you could probably do cooks that last a couple Can't wait to hear how it produces.

Phrasty 09-27-2012 02:11 AM

And who ever said snapping was always a bad thing! My kinda action going on here! Nice work! :thumb:


Ringburner 09-27-2012 04:32 AM

Pretty cool..... Will look forward to seeing what it produces :)

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Phubar 09-27-2012 04:45 AM

LOL @ chainsmoker!
Nice work!

Clayfish 09-27-2012 05:21 AM

Full marks for originality! Hurry and finish it so we can see the food it puts out!

Nick's BBQ 09-27-2012 07:41 AM

Very nice. Keep putting up pictures, I'm really interested to see how this goes.

HickoryJ 09-27-2012 08:02 AM

better than i could horrible at fabricating

Teamfour 09-27-2012 08:11 AM

That is a cool project.

Johnny_Crunch 09-27-2012 08:39 AM

I would fire it up before you finish it and see how it holds heat. Being so thin it could be a major fuel hog.

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