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Unread 07-03-2010, 10:57 AM   #76
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This thread made me want a wine barrel smoker. I showed my wife the thread, and the links. Long story short, I got the "OK" last night to make one!!!

Thanks for the inspiration.

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Unread 07-14-2010, 03:07 PM   #77
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JiveTurkey: Funny thing--- I had this idea for a wood barrel smoker for years, but I dont live in an area they are readily available. I then saw your post and I got motivated after I found a very old whiskey barrel locally! It's a great project, unique, looks and works GREAT! I had 5.5" wheels on mine (to raise height), but it became top heavy with the lid back, so I went to 2.5" and it looks better and is not top heavy now. I am installing another thermometer on the lid, because I have 2 grates and want to monitor lower heat and upper heat. I should be completely finished soon! now I want to do an authentic Jack Daniel barrel.

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Unread 07-24-2010, 06:36 PM   #78
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Been thinking that an oak barrel would be much nicer than a steel barrel and I came across this http://stlouis.craigslist.org/for/1847750125.html I sent the guy an email asking what was in it previously and if it would work as a smoker.

Maybe if a couple of us STL folks buy the price would co down.
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Unread 07-24-2010, 11:46 PM   #79
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Heck yea that'll work! Use the regular sized ones not the big jumbo puncheon barrel like I did. Regular size will be easier to reach into. Buy two, one for the smoker and one for wine soaked wood chunks.
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`How do you get the top off? I see some smokers where the wooden drum top is reused - is the opening big enough to get some 22.5" weber grills into the drum? If you cut lower so you can use a Weber top or hinge the drum lid do you have to screw thru each stave so the thing doesn't fall apart?????
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Here is another one i saw.
http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=29275

the other links on pages 3-4 for the smokering arnt workin so im not sure if it is the same one
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Got a question about screwin' on a WDS - most WDSs have one or more screws thru the ring into each stave. but folks say that the baarrels shrink and you should fill them with water - some say you should beat the rings toward the center of the barrel to tighten everything up - but if the ring is screwed then you can't move it.

Can you tell I am confused? I think I will cut the top off below the second ring, AFTER I put lots of screws thru the second ring and no screws thru the rings under the cut. Will that work???
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Thats the same thing i've been wondering to screw the staves or not?
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Looks pretty cool. I'm going to start calling local wineries to see about getting there old barrels. I don't think I could bring myself to pay $800 for theirs.
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Sorry guys I didnt realize there had been new posts to this thread, I missed them altogether.

As far as screwing the staves or not, that is up to you. I did that at first with mine (because I saw it done) but soon realized that I needed to knock down the bands to keep a tight seal. Since my barrel was so big I could not use water to keep it tight. If I could go back and do it again I would

1. Use a regular sized barrel, not drill the bands to the staves and use water after every few cooks to keep it tight. I might even use a water bowl inside like a WSM to keep it as moist as possible when cooking.

2. If that did not work and it still got gaps between the staves I'd buy a hot plate and make it an electric cold smoker. I have an extra barrel here at the house, I'm flirting with the idea!
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Thanks JT,

I think I'll design mine without screws first and be able to fill it with water in between smokes

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Well I put screws (black) into the silverish metal bands - it was a real pita but it looks fine.

I filled it with water, opened the valve and drained the barrel but there was still water in it. I put the charcoal basket in - the water came into the pizza pan but not the charcoal basket.

I cooked a brisket as a test. OMG good briskey. Anyway after the cook there was still water in the bottom!

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