עָטִין
The BBQ BRETHREN FORUMS.


Forum Portal Recipes Smoke Signals Magazine Welocme Merchandise Associations Purchase Subscription Brethren Banners
Go Back   The BBQ BRETHREN FORUMS. > Discussion Area > Q-talk

Notices

Q-talk *ON TOPIC ONLY* QUALITY ON TOPIC discussion of Backyard BBQ, grilling, Equipment and just outdoor cookin' in general, hints, tips, tricks & techniques, success, failures... but stay on topic. And watch for that hijacking.


Reply
Thread Tools
Unread 11-18-2011, 10:12 PM   #1
pinkelephant
Full Fledged Farker
 
Join Date: 12-23-10
Location: Mode, IL
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default $600 smoker? (anyone use a cinder block smoker?)

I keep an eye out for smokers on CL and I see this industrial sized smoker for $600 and click on it, only to find an over priced cinder block pig roaster.
http://stlouis.craigslist.org/hsh/2703166966.html

I assume I can duplicate it for well under $200 (without the seperate fire box).
It got me thinking. I want to make something along these lines to play with out in the yard.
maybe start out small to get the feel for it.
I saw that video recently of how this system is used down south and it should be fun to play with.

I don't get enough home-time (trucker).
I can't see myself doing an all-nighter, making coals for a whole hog, but I could play with a smaller version.

has anyone played with cinder block smokers?
Is it worth playing with?
can you share any do's and dont's that arent obvious at the start?

This is a summer toy, I may not get serious about it til March
__________________
It's all about the smoke... Allen
pinkelephant is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 11-18-2011, 10:16 PM   #2
MilitantSquatter
Moderator
 
MilitantSquatter's Avatar
 
Join Date: 09-17-05
Location: Mooresville, NC
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

DirtyDirty00 has one... he's posted pics a few times.
__________________
Lonestar 24" Vertical offset w/ Insulated Firebox & Performer Platinum
Former owner: Jambo Backyard, Klose BYC, Med. Spicewine, Pitts & Spitts, XL & (2) Med. BGE's, 22" WSM & (2) 18" WSM's, 18" & 22" Weber Kettles
MilitantSquatter is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 11-18-2011, 11:13 PM   #3
pinkelephant
Full Fledged Farker
 
Join Date: 12-23-10
Location: Mode, IL
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

I just looked at that. I don't think a cinder block offset would be efficient. I was thinking of the southern style hog cookers with the coals under the food. a scaled down hog cooker about dirtydirty's size
__________________
It's all about the smoke... Allen
pinkelephant is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 11-20-2011, 07:34 AM   #4
Cook
is One Chatty Farker
 
Join Date: 12-23-10
Location: Mount Pleasnt, SC
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by pinkelephant View Post
I can't see myself doing an all-nighter, making coals for a whole hog
Well, then don't. Do a semi-nighter, use more coals, and finish your piggy up in half the time. That's how we do it. Temps are usually in the 300-350 range.
__________________
"BBQ...it's just heat & meat" - Circa 5/10/11 - Quote by Cook
Cook is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 11-20-2011, 07:52 AM   #5
captndan
is One Chatty Farker
 
Join Date: 06-29-11
Location: Greeneville TN
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

My big smoke house is concrete block with a concrete roof and a wooden door. The vent is in the door and a 4" pipe out the top. The floor is about 4x5'. Charcoal would not be practical in something this big. I use a propane burner with a big cast iron skillet on top for the wood. Throw in a couple pieces every 2 hours. This works well for big batches of hanging sausage but it takes several hours to get the block hot enough.
captndan is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 11-20-2011, 08:04 AM   #6
jestridge
somebody shut me the fark up.
 
Join Date: 12-28-07
Location: annville ky
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

It will work and make some good Q , also there will be a lot of work too it. But making good Q take time and hard work it not for the fain heart.
jestridge is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 11-20-2011, 09:06 AM   #7
Rys06TBSS
On the road to being a farker
 
Join Date: 03-17-11
Location: Yorkville IL
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

600 dollars?!? Youve gotta be kidding me.
Rys06TBSS is offline   Reply With Quote


Thanks from:--->
Unread 11-20-2011, 09:10 AM   #8
aquablue22
Babbling Farker

 
aquablue22's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-26-08
Location: Ormond Beach, Florida
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Check out Cowgirls blog (jeanie) and she explains in detail how to build one, I built one to her specs and did a pig and then stacked the blocks behind a hedge for later use (deed restricted community) makes it dang near portable. We bummed the blocks off some construction dudes for beer. 600 bucks is a lot of money.

http://cowgirlscountry.blogspot.com/
__________________
Weber Spirit E-310 Gasser
1 - Big Green Egg - Large
2 - 22.5 Weber Kettles
2 - 18.5 Weber Kettle
1 - WSM Mini

I live in fear that my Wife will sell all my "TOYS" when I die for WHAT I told her I paid for them!!
aquablue22 is offline   Reply With Quote


Thanks from:--->
Unread 11-20-2011, 09:10 AM   #9
cowgirl
somebody shut me the fark up.

 
cowgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: 07-18-07
Location: Oklahoma
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

I use a cinderblock pit too. It works great for anything.. whole hogs or anything else. $600. seems a bit high to me.
__________________
jeanie
sittin' by the campfire with my Brethren friends.
Lifetime member of the Society for the Preservation of Authentic Royal Magical Rare Kaskaskian Peppers (Thanks Ash :))

http://cowgirlscountry.blogspot.com/
cowgirl is offline   Reply With Quote


Thanks from:--->
Unread 11-20-2011, 10:13 AM   #10
titos
Got Wood.
 
Join Date: 11-01-10
Location: Bakersfield Ca
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

600 is hi! Im 160.00 into my build that I found on some webite and have about another 200.00 to spend on metal which is getting worked on in my spare time. From the pic I see in the ad its not even mortared between the brick or filled with concrete. check out what 160 can get you so far
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 2011-11-19_15-07-49_286.jpg (123.2 KB, 290 views)
File Type: jpg 2011-11-19_15-08-01_791.jpg (196.3 KB, 287 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_20111113_143151.jpg (169.5 KB, 288 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_20111116_202355.jpg (147.8 KB, 292 views)

Last edited by titos; 11-20-2011 at 10:21 AM.. Reason: pic didnt upload
titos is offline   Reply With Quote


Thanks from:--->
Unread 11-20-2011, 10:32 AM   #11
iampaulb
Got Wood.
 
Join Date: 01-27-11
Location: Prosper, TX
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

I too am looking for deals on CL or building one from scratch... I ran into a YouTube video of someone building something similar to the $600 GEM from CL for $250... In the video they mention "sweat equity", but dang not $350!!

Below is the link.

Hot to Build a Pit BBQ for $250 - YouTube

Hope it gives you some ideas.
iap
__________________
~~Paul B~~ Prosper, TX ~~ KCBS Member [n00b], KCBS CBJ 60015.
iampaulb is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 11-20-2011, 10:35 AM   #12
iampaulb
Got Wood.
 
Join Date: 01-27-11
Location: Prosper, TX
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by titos View Post
600 is hi! Im 160.00 into my build that I found on some webite and have about another 200.00 to spend on metal which is getting worked on in my spare time. From the pic I see in the ad its not even mortared between the brick or filled with concrete. check out what 160 can get you so far
Looks like a SWEET setup!
__________________
~~Paul B~~ Prosper, TX ~~ KCBS Member [n00b], KCBS CBJ 60015.
iampaulb is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 11-20-2011, 10:51 AM   #13
mac9933
Found some matches.
 
Join Date: 11-11-11
Location: Northern CA
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

I like it!
mac9933 is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 11-20-2011, 11:06 AM   #14
titos
Got Wood.
 
Join Date: 11-01-10
Location: Bakersfield Ca
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

something like that shouldnt take any time and can probably be built for under 200 bucks.
titos is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 11-20-2011, 11:17 AM   #15
Philly-QueMaster
is one Smokin' Farker
 
Join Date: 06-09-09
Location: Willow Grove, PA
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by titos View Post
600 is hi! Im 160.00 into my build that I found on some webite and have about another 200.00 to spend on metal which is getting worked on in my spare time. From the pic I see in the ad its not even mortared between the brick or filled with concrete. check out what 160 can get you so far
Can you post a link to the website that has the interactions?
Philly-QueMaster is offline   Reply With Quote


Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Charbroil CB 600 smoker Backyard Warrior Q-talk 6 12-16-2011 08:43 AM
Need a great smoker (Pellet Smoker Doesn't Smoke, Cooks too hot) darylrue Q-talk 39 09-23-2010 10:20 AM

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Loading



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise v2.6.0 Beta 4 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
2003 -2012 © BBQ-Brethren Inc. All rights reserved. All Content and Flaming Pig Logo are registered and protected under U.S and International Copyright and Trademarks. Content Within this Website Is Property of BBQ Brethren Inc. Reproduction or alteration is strictly prohibited.