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!
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.