View Full Version : Aluminum smoker

09-10-2015, 04:41 PM
Could a smoker be built out of aluminum plate and have a pellet smoker assembly mounted to it? Why people will ask? Easy of mobility.

09-10-2015, 05:11 PM
I don't see why not.

Q Junkie
09-10-2015, 05:32 PM
Just keep in mind that there would be high heat loss through the cabinet.

09-10-2015, 06:06 PM
In the old days cast aluminum charcoal & gas grills were common & lasted forever!
Portable kitchen charcoal & weber gas grills are still cast aluminum.
Aluminum melts about 1100-1200 F , may not be best choice for firebox but ok for everything else.

09-10-2015, 07:29 PM
huge heat loss

09-10-2015, 10:31 PM
I was going to do a double wall with 2" 800 degree high temp insulation between.

Q Junkie
09-10-2015, 10:46 PM
Well, now yer talking. Aluminium will have more issues with thermal stress but if you are not running it really hot it would probably work fine. It will not be as efficient as steel but at 300* or lower should cook food just fine.

09-10-2015, 11:56 PM
No problem but as mentioned above, Al has a great ability to transmit heat through it so you will need some serious insulation or a lot of fuel.

09-11-2015, 07:23 AM

09-11-2015, 08:04 AM
Yep, what Q Junkie said... A grill would be one thing, get it hot and throw the burgers, steaks, and hot dogs on and eat, but a long smoke trying to hold a temp would be difficult.

09-11-2015, 08:41 AM
Don't laugh! My first smoker was an "Old Smokey." It cooked OK and helped me to get the Q bug. I still use it from time to time, and I've never had a problem with it except the time of the cook needs monitoring. It tends to cook fast because it's a closed system.

Woody Butthrie
09-11-2015, 08:45 AM
Some dutch ovens are made out of cast aluminum. They are easier to tote. They also heat up quicker and cool off quicker, and wind will mess with temperatures a lot more.

09-11-2015, 08:47 AM
should make an ez clean outside skin at least

09-11-2015, 12:20 PM
Every Weber gas grill base is made of aluminum.