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Old 08-17-2011, 07:01 AM   #1
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A friend gave me this.
I'd like to convert it to a smoker.

What do I need to do.

I assume I need to add the following:

Thermometer
Charcoal Basket
Some sort of damper/control on the stack
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:09 AM   #2
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Other than a thourough cleanup, looks like you will need some sort of adjustable bottom vents, a charcoal basket and possibly a heat diffuser. Perhaps some short legs and a top vent cap too.

See the UDS build thread for ideas.

Looks like a good find to me.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:54 AM   #3
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Sandblast first.
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Old 08-17-2011, 03:32 PM   #4
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I would remove the crossbar, but leave 2" extended into the chamber. This will make it easier to get the charcoal basket in and out.



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Old 08-17-2011, 11:00 PM   #5
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I'm thinking about cutting a door and installing a hinge.

Would I lose too much smoke that way?
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:24 AM   #6
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I'm thinking about cutting a door and installing a hinge.

Would I lose too much smoke that way?
I wouldn't cut a door. Cleaned up, a basket, and a new grate, thermometer, and you're in business!
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:03 AM   #7
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I'm thinking about cutting a door and installing a hinge.

Would I lose too much smoke that way?
No, you'll gain to much air. Unless you can seal off that bottom drain it wont burn like a drum.
I believe that is an old grease receptacle. You'll need to sandblast that down to bare metal and i'd still give it a good burn out.
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That looks somewhat like the one that ModelMaker built a few years ago. His has a coal basket attatched to the slide out door on the bottom. Hopefully he'll see this & chime in.
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:14 PM   #9
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clean it and change the grill, it need some clean-up
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:22 PM   #10
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What was it used for previously?
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