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Unread 01-28-2013, 06:41 PM   #16
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The finished product is classy!
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Unread 01-28-2013, 06:50 PM   #17
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Man, I know I'm gonna sound dumb with this question, but...

a smoker made from wood? Isn't that a fire hazard? Do you pipe the smoke in from another source? Inquiring minds (or at least, ignorant minds) want to know!

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Unread 01-28-2013, 09:01 PM   #18
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As long as you have a drip pan over your flame (I have a chip box as well as a water pan covering the flame) there should be no problems. Most of these fires start b/c grease drips down onto the flame. The only thing you have to watch is that the chips do not catch fire. As long as you soak the chips and keep on eye on it, you should be fine. I have used it many times with no problems. That being said, this is not the kind of smoker you can throw something in and come back in 10 hours. You need to keep an eye on it. A portable temperature probe is all you need. A sudden, drastic spike in temp means your chips are on fire. Really not much of a problem though.
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The next step is to install trim. This not only makes the smoker look really good but also helps to stop some of the smoke leakage. I used outside corner that was 1 1/8". The only place I could find this was Home Depot. This was the most expensive part for me since I already had most of the materials. I think the trim cost me around $50. I also used some 1x to trim around the door openings.
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I found a picture of the vent after it is installed. This is the one on the roof but the one in the floor will look the same.
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Wow, that looks great but I have to admit that I would be really scared cooking with it. I turned my head and my UDS was up in flames and burnt the 550 degree paint on the outside..... Stay close to that thing!
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Now I built the doors. I cut out some 3/8" plywood that was slightly larger than the door openings. I then measured and cut some more car siding and finish nailed it in place on the doors. I will show a picture of it later in this thread.
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Next up is the staining of the OUTSIDE of the smoker. Do not stain or paint anything inside your smoker! I chose Thompson Water Seal Deck and House Semi-Transparent Oil Stain. The shade is called "Russet". This picture shows not only the cooler but the construction of the door. I also lined the inside of the door with 1x in order to help better seal the door.
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As you may have noticed in the last picture, I hung the door with standard metal hinges and latches. I am attaching a picture of the best latch I could find. A pull clamp would probably do a better job of pulling the door snug but I could not find any when I was building this.
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I found this thermometer at Bass Pro Shops and I think it was $49.
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This is wild, def a first for me. So you have a propane burner under wood chips and a water pan in a wood box. I like it! How high of a temp would you feel comfy going?


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The next thing I did was cut a small hole in the side of the smoker to run the propane line from the tank to the smoker. I took the piece I cut out and screwed a hinge on it and put it back on the smoker. Besides being a good way to run the line, this hole has proven to be very useful. It allows you to peak into the smoker without having to open up the door and lose a lot of heat. i strongly recommend you put one of these on your smoker.
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As far as temp, I have safely been 240-250 no problem.
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I wouldn't probably go too much higher than that. Maybe 275 at the high end.
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Here is a picture that shows the burner door open and the fact that the main door to the smoker can stay closed.
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