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Unread 03-26-2010, 09:15 AM   #1
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well.. my bandera has about bit the dust. So, I'm looking for other options. I purchased this large aluminum storage cabinet originally to store items for my business, but it's damaged on the bottom as you can probbly see. It's got a exhaust vent out the top, and adding racks inside shouldn't be difficult. All i'd have to do is build a firebox and pipe the heat and smoke into the box yes/no? Not the prettiest, nor is it heavy iron. (this one won't rust!.

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I wouldnt run outta capacity ever again that's for sure.. you could about smoke a whole hung deer in this sucker!
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Unread 03-26-2010, 09:19 AM   #2
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DON'T!!! It's FLAMMABLE!!!
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well.. my bandera has about bit the dust. So, I'm looking for other options. I purchased this large aluminum storage cabinet originally to store items for my business, but it's damaged on the bottom as you can probbly see. It's got a exhaust vent out the top, and adding racks inside shouldn't be difficult. All i'd have to do is build a firebox and pipe the heat and smoke into the box yes/no? Not the prettiest, nor is it heavy iron. (this one won't rust!.

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I wouldnt run outta capacity ever again that's for sure.. you could about smoke a whole hung deer in this sucker!
Looks like it would be great as a permanant position smoker (I wouldn't want to trailer that big thing [That's what she said])

I guess it would never get hot enough to compromise the aluminum. Looks like most of the work is already done for you.
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You made me go look up melting points of metals.

If you use this as a smoking cabinet you might be OK, as aluminum melts at around 1220°F, but I'd still worry about the area next to the firebox. One really hot fire and you've got a dangerous mess on your hands!
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Yeah,

I think Arlin's correct.

If you saw the 9/11 Conspiracy show on Discovery, one point Popular Mechanics made was that, while the fire in the WTC didn't get hot enough to melt the steel, it really didn't need to: it got hot enough to compromise its integrity, and lose its strength.

If your firebox gets around 400-500 degress, that's nearly half of the melting temp.
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Kickin' Cold (or Cool) smoker!

Just vent another smoker into the cabinet.

Bacon, Cheese, Hams, Sausage, and all kinds of goodies.

Yummies.

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Kickin' Cold (or Cool) smoker!

Just vent another smoker into the cabinet.

Bacon, Cheese, Hams, Sausage, and all kinds of goodies.

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Or just slap a bradley smoke generator in there and you'd get the same effect, wouldn't you?
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if you do build let us follow you thru your process. i'm going to build one like what you are thinking, but i'm using a old (i mean 5people to move it old) chest freezer. it would be great to see your ideas. good luck.
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What if you made the firebox independant for instance a box seperate with some flex pipe to get the heat and smoke in. I dont know what temps you would be able to generate but it's a thought. Or a pan on bricks at the bottem?
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Or just slap a bradley smoke generator in there and you'd get the same effect, wouldn't you?
Don't really know--never used one.

Seems like a plan though, especially if you have one laying around.

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Don't really know--never used one.

Seems like a plan though, especially if you have one laying around.

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Those injectors are like $170.00... for another $100.00 you can get the complete Bradley original, and hot smoke as well as cool smoke. No need to do mods or worry.

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I've got a friend (ya at least one) that made a smoker out of a commercial kitchen hot box(can we say thin walls). This box is all aluminum(sp?). He then routed a heatalator fireplace "box" only via flex pipe and has smoked a ton of meat and has had not problems. No pics so it didn't happen but I have seen it and tasted stuff that comes out of it.

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If gas grills can have their shells made out of cheap cast aluminum and not disintegrate when over heated, that aluminum cabinet will work just fine as a smoking chamber. I'd be more worried about the paint outgassing... it could be old leaded stuff, right?
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They do use aluminum in stoves and other heating applications... but it's high-grade aluminum. They also have thermal interruptors that open at temps that are higher than the metal is rated for. How do you do that for a wood or charcoal fire? This guy has a cabinet that may or may not have that type of aluminum. If he doesn't, as the other brother said, it could end up as a heck of a mess.

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