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Unread 07-09-2010, 12:21 PM   #1
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I just made this unique smoker from a 50 year old whiskey barrel (1" oak). It's not complete, as I have to put in the air vents, propane burner, and the smoke stack. It has (2) 22" grates, enabling it to hold 8 full racks of ribs or 12 pork butts. I will have more pics when complete. Any questions, post or email and I will try to answer.

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Unread 07-09-2010, 01:23 PM   #2
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That thing looks sweet, nice build!
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Unread 07-09-2010, 01:28 PM   #3
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Looks great.... can't wait to see some action pics
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Unread 07-09-2010, 01:29 PM   #4
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What are you going to do about the wood drying out and smoke escaping from between the staves?
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What are you going to do about the wood drying out and smoke escaping from between the staves?
And what happens if it catches on fire? Bet it'll smell good.
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Unread 07-09-2010, 02:31 PM   #6
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Thanks for replies. Oak burns at 550 degrees and this will never be hotter than 250. It has already dried out all that it will. As you can see, each stave has been screwed into the metal rings. The way the propane will be set up in SS enclosure, flame will not be in any close contact to the wood. Remember, heat rises....so hopefully fire will not be an issue. Now this is an older barrel and I took off the rings to redo. This did cause some gaps in the wood in places. I bought some caulk that is for firebrick/fireplaces. It is a 2000 degree caulk that can be used for this. When it cures, it dries hard as brick.

It attracts attention, even during the build many have stopped to admire. wait til the first smoke!!! I am going to load it and set it by the road.
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Unread 07-09-2010, 02:41 PM   #7
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I hope that thing smokes as good as it looks!
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Unread 07-09-2010, 02:45 PM   #8
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I bought some caulk that is for firebrick/fireplaces. It is a 2000 degree caulk that can be used for this. When it cures, it dries hard as brick.
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That is too cool!!
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That is super cool looking!
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I wonder what kind of taste that will put in the meat?
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That is awesome! Where did you get your hands on a barrel?
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I was wondering about the smoke stack,but i see you have not finished your build.Post pic's of completed project,please.
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Unread 07-09-2010, 04:27 PM   #14
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Undecided about the smoke stack. I dont want to really use 3" stove pipe, because of the size. I was thinking of using galvanized pipe, maybe 1" (x 8-12") and put 2 or 3 of them on there. This way the smoke stack doesnt take away from the barrel appearance and I can use 1, 2, or 3 smoke stacks depending on the load and how much smoke flavor I want.
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Unread 07-09-2010, 04:31 PM   #15
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Nice!!!
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