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socalwelder 03-29-2009 03:08 PM

hello i am new to the world of bar b queuing at least at a higher level.
i am going to make my own smoker and i was wondering how they work
as far as where the heat comes from do i make a fire box then a grill section
then the smoker does the meat actually cook in the smoker or do you cook it
on the grill first.

if someone has some plans for a smoker please let me know thanks for your time.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 03-29-2009 03:15 PM

Welcome to the Brethren. You might want to go over to Cattle Call and introduce yourself to get a proper welcome.:biggrin:

Being that you are from Texas and can weld, an offset horizontal might be what you are looking to build. With that design, the fire is in a smaller chamber and the meat is in a larger chamber.

It is not typical to grill as part of true barbecue. Rather, we mostly cook meat at low heat over a long period of time.

Most of us have the type of smokers we use listed on our signatures. Snoop around a little and do some google searches to find out about what they are an how they work.

snoqualmiesmoker 03-29-2009 04:08 PM

We cook with smoke. Low and Slow. 12-22 hours of love and patience.

Download the Bandera 101 and you will see where this whole thing started. If you can, build your own. You can buy a nice cheap one to learn. Thats is where lots of us started. Then it gets in your blood, and all hell breaks loose. Pretty soon you have a backyard full of cookers and a bunch of neighbors wanting scraps!

My opinion is go find a food grade drum and build a UDS.
Fantastic cooker. And under 50 if you get a free drum.

jestridge 03-29-2009 09:04 PM

Google off set smoker go to image see all types there

Coz 03-29-2009 09:22 PM

Google Prairie BBQ and look that site over well.Theres about any kind of smoker that you could want being built there.While you wont find blueprints or materail lists if you read enuff of the threads you will find all the info you need to build and tune a nice cooker for your self.

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