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Unread 09-26-2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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Default What have I gotten myself into??

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!


Stuck together.


Lid flange finished.


Stand.


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.
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Unread 09-26-2012, 10:11 PM   #2
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interesting indeed. can't wait to read how it does.
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Unread 09-26-2012, 10:20 PM   #3
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Welcome to our addiction Jesse! Great job with the RF smoker, don't forget to show us the final product in action.
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Unread 09-26-2012, 10:22 PM   #4
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looks Great I like the chain hinges and handles and the thin wall is a B!tch ta weld while you are learning to weld lets see that thing cookin
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Unread 09-26-2012, 10:31 PM   #5
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Looking forward to seeing the build... and the pron! Keep us in the loop, great job so far!
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Unread 09-26-2012, 11:02 PM   #6
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Hi Jesse, welcome to the club. Keep up the good work.
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Unread 09-26-2012, 11:45 PM   #7
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fur sure....welcome to the group.....with that size fire box you could probably do cooks that last a couple days......wow. Can't wait to hear how it produces.
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And who ever said snapping was always a bad thing! My kinda action going on here! Nice work!

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Pretty cool..... Will look forward to seeing what it produces :)

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Unread 09-27-2012, 03:45 AM   #10
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LOL @ chainsmoker!
Nice work!
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Unread 09-27-2012, 04:21 AM   #11
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Full marks for originality! Hurry and finish it so we can see the food it puts out!
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Unread 09-27-2012, 06:41 AM   #12
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Very nice. Keep putting up pictures, I'm really interested to see how this goes.
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better than i could do...im horrible at fabricating
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Unread 09-27-2012, 07:11 AM   #14
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That is a cool project.
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I would fire it up before you finish it and see how it holds heat. Being so thin it could be a major fuel hog.
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