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Old 08-30-2011, 02:25 AM   #1
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Hello,

I’m new to BBQ, I had an electric smoker for a couple years and enjoyed it. I’m working on building a smoker for myself. I took two 55 gallon drums and stacked one on top using the bottom one as the fire and the top for smoking. Pretty much finished but I still need to spray on some high temp paint and season it.


This is where I could use help as I have no knowledge in this area. My current plan is to start a fire let it burn and cool off then apply the high temp paint let it dry then burn it some more. Also I read that it’s best to just burn with charcoal first then add wood later when seasoning? Any input at all would be greatly appreciated. I don’t know if I should paint first before I burn.


Also, I was considering lining the bottom barrel with fire brick, any thoughts?
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:30 AM   #2
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I painted mine before I seasoned it. The paint I used was rated for 1200 degrees so I had no worries in that department, but even the 500 degree paint should be fine to go ahead and paint it then season it. When you season it you usually after coating it with oil you only get it up to 350 or 400 if that high for maybe for a while so that shouldn't effect the paint job. I used charcoal to get a fire started and then threw i n some old wood I had cut up from a hickory tree just to use it up. The charcoal will give a more even temperature burn without alot of tending while letting it season, but either way will work, I know some guys that will only use wood and they both get the job done. The fire bricks in the bottom of the cooking chamber will make it take longer to get up to cooking temp. but it will help distribute the heat evenly and help you keep from getting hot spots in your cooker. I just use a diffuser plate instead of the fire bricks and it seems to do about the same thing without the delay in coming up to temp.
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:40 PM   #3
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Thanks BigBob! I picked up the 1200 degree paint already.
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