View Full Version : Reverse flow smoker build!

12-09-2015, 03:18 PM
I finally got a chance to get a little more done on the smoker I got the reverse plate welded together I got all of the end caps for the smoke chamber and firebox cut out and one of them welded on

12-09-2015, 03:23 PM
Holy crap that looks like thick steel....nice welds...look solid. I gotta learn how to weld....

12-09-2015, 03:31 PM
That's looking good!! Looking forward to following the build.

BBQ Freak
12-09-2015, 03:43 PM
man it is coming along nicely and keep pics of the build coming .

12-09-2015, 08:27 PM
About ready to weld the firebox to the cook chamber and mount the smoker on the trailer frame then I have to come up with some cooking racks.... Should I just do a single level of cooking grates or an upper and lower that slide out not sure if I will have enough room since there is only 10 inches

12-09-2015, 08:47 PM
I'm thinking about using deer shed horns for handles does anyone know if they can withstand the heat

12-09-2015, 09:01 PM
What is going to be the dimensions of your smoker?
I don't know if the deer horn would heat up or not.
Myself I like 2 shelves it just gives you some extra room.

12-09-2015, 09:21 PM
What is going to be the dimensions of your smoker?
I don't know if the deer horn would heat up or not.
Myself I like 2 shelves it just gives you some extra room.

The cook chamber is 20x60 the inside diameter is 19 1/2" I plan on putting the first grate dead center above the door cutout

12-10-2015, 11:07 AM
Thats nice

12-21-2015, 11:01 PM
Got the reverse plate welded in this morning

Smoke on Badger Mountain
12-21-2015, 11:14 PM
Great looking rig!

12-22-2015, 03:01 AM
Real good start on it, keep the pics coming.

12-22-2015, 04:08 AM
You have room to do a shorter upper shelf. You might not use the upper shelf's all that often, but when needed they do come in handy. Store em in the garage till needed. They hang from a nail/screw nicely. Just don't have anything below them once they have been used. Grease stains below if not fully cleaned.

01-10-2016, 06:12 PM
I got the rest of the end caps welded on and the firebox welded to the cook chamber I had to flip it over to weld the underside because overhead welding is quite an art but the old ac buzzbox still lays out a pretty decent bead

Doug Crann
01-10-2016, 06:15 PM
Looks great. I fought with my RF plate....had to weld the bulk of it together in the smoker. Pretty much all of it was done blind....and it looks it...

01-10-2016, 07:37 PM
Looking good, that thing will weigh a ton

Doug Crann
01-10-2016, 07:52 PM
If it wasn't for my motorcycle lift there is no way I would have gotten mine built....

01-10-2016, 08:38 PM
Yea it took a comealong and an eyebolt lag in ceiling joist to get mine flipped over

Big George's BBQ
01-10-2016, 08:44 PM
That is looking really Good Looking forward to the finished product

01-10-2016, 10:33 PM
Looks great. I fought with my RF plate....had to weld the bulk of it together in the smoker. Pretty much all of it was done blind....and it looks it...

How do you like your home built rf smoker does it hold fairly even temps from one end to the other?

01-10-2016, 11:36 PM
Nice build so far, I'm looking forward to see some progress.

01-11-2016, 05:57 AM
Welding overhead sucks, big time. If you have a method to flip it and hold it up, I'd spend the time and do it every time.

01-11-2016, 06:40 AM
I'm thinking about using deer shed horns for handles does anyone know if they can withstand the heat

Used deer antlers on an uninsulated vertical a couple years ago.
Worked fine on the cook chamber, not so much on the firebox. The extreme heat of the steel at the firebox actually melted to antler, ultimately had to replace it with a cool touch spring handle. The cook chamber handle continues to work fine.

01-23-2016, 05:09 PM
Had a couple hours to burn so I got a couple quick things done I got the drain pipe welded in still need to get a ball valve and I got a new trailer hitch welded on the hitch that was on it was broken

01-23-2016, 05:46 PM
After a little research I found out that I was supposed to bolt the new trailer hitch on using grade 8 bolts oh well hopefully the welds hold I did make 3 solid passes on the underside and everything was welded in the flat position and it seemed like it was cutting in good and getting good penetration because I flipped the trailer over any opinions guys

01-23-2016, 07:38 PM
Dang it! Stop. Just Stop!

I spent all last summer building my wood-fired cooker, and now you are pulling this kind of thing on me. Do NOT inspire me to do any more danged projects. Do not post these incredible pics with all sorts of cool details. Just quit! (Dang - I think you got some great thinking and craftsmanship going on there. Just quit it!

01-24-2016, 06:09 PM
I got a couple more little things done today I reinforced the firebox door with 3/8x1 1/2 flat bar and welded on a piece of 4" channel to run 3" pipe from for mounting to the trailer

01-24-2016, 06:17 PM
Very nice work. Great progress too!

01-31-2016, 09:36 PM
I just got the smoke stack all fabbed up and tacked on and made some simple hinge stops for the doors

01-31-2016, 09:40 PM
I still need to build the racks and the slides to pull them out on and come up with some handles for the doors..... I need to order a couple thermometers a jack for the trailer and get this thing mounted on the trailer

02-01-2016, 07:47 AM
Looking real good! Your getting in the home stretch now. Thanks for sharing!

02-14-2016, 10:36 PM
I got all of the slides for the racks welded in today I ended up going with an upper rack too I figured I should use as much of the cook chamber that I can

02-15-2016, 10:59 AM
I have welded hundreds of hitch on. If you got good pentration your good. If you are worried you can still drill a couple holes and add bolts.

02-18-2016, 04:44 PM
I got the handles on so I could weld the brackets on I'm pretty happy with em

Griffin scott
02-18-2016, 06:19 PM
Antlers look great on the smoker. Nice looking unit

02-27-2016, 01:10 AM
I think these rain guards for the thermometers give it a little more

02-27-2016, 03:39 AM
WOW you have talent that looks awsome

Hillbilly BBQ
02-27-2016, 07:59 AM
Nice details on this. Looking forward to finished product and smoke rolling out of it.

02-27-2016, 11:05 AM
Great build. I like the horns, looks good so far.

02-27-2016, 11:07 AM
That's going to be an excellent looking Pit. :thumb:

02-27-2016, 08:13 PM
I'm never going to get this thing built because I keep coming up with ideas and just roll with em.... I get a little carried away with the plasma cutter sometimes but I thought the buckmark would go good with the deer horn handles... I made my own standoffs out of 1/2" pipe and welded two nuts to the back of the cutout and ran a bolt and washer from the inside of the cooker

03-12-2016, 03:39 PM
I borrowed a backhoe from work and got it set on the trailer and tacked on.... I went ahead and fired it up for a dry run to see how it would hold temps and it's dead on from one end of the pit to the other couldn't be happier

03-12-2016, 08:17 PM
Now that I have the smoker mounted on the trailer the trailer is looking a little bare anyone have any good ideas to add to it... I'm thinking I will do a shelf on the front of the pit just below the doors ...but I have about 3' of wasted space on the front and some room underneath the cook chamber

03-12-2016, 09:26 PM
:thumb: Gotta have firewood baskets. Angle or box plus expanded metal.

03-14-2016, 10:48 AM
How far is your RF plate off the bottom of the cooker? Looks great, We just got started on our project. A 500 propane tank. Finally got one end cut, Ordering steel this week. Prolly going to start our own thread so we can keep you guys up to date.

03-14-2016, 11:13 AM
I went 5 3/4"off of the bottom I would have went a little more but with a 20" pipe I was limited on space. I stopped the plate 6"from the end

03-14-2016, 03:26 PM
If it were me I'd add the following:
Woodboxes over both axles.
Accessory shelf attached to cooking chamber
Builtin Flattop griddle or santa maria grill just in front of cooking chamber
Prep table with storage in front of griddle/santa maria.

03-26-2016, 12:40 AM
Finally got a chance to get a little done and finished up the racks

03-27-2016, 11:13 PM
The slide out racks turned out better than I expected

04-03-2016, 09:41 PM
I couldn't wait any longer I had to do a cook on it. I built a fire with oak and cooked some ribs and a brisket and they turned out awesome! I also picked up a slab of wood over the weekend for the shelf that will go in front of the cook chamber

04-04-2016, 06:25 AM
Glad you finally got a chance to fire it up...Nice project!!

04-10-2016, 05:15 PM
The shelf is cut to size and the supports for it are all welded on. I might have to trim the board a little on the right side because the corner is a little close to the firebox.

04-10-2016, 09:05 PM
Excellent build Coos guy que looks great too!

04-17-2016, 07:14 PM
I'm a bit of a fan of browning hopefully I didn't over do it and put too much on the smoker what do you guys think? I made a crude branding iron out of some scraps I had laying around. The next step is to put several coats of marine spar urethane on the shelf. I still need to buff all the rust off the pit and get it painted and get the shelf bolted on.

BBQ Freak
04-17-2016, 07:34 PM
looks awesome and would to love to smoke something on that pit .

04-17-2016, 07:47 PM
I Vote for Camo Paint Job.!

04-17-2016, 07:59 PM
I Vote for Camo Paint Job.!

I actually thought about it but I already have the black high temp paint bought and the camo colors in high temp paint doesn't fit in the budget

04-30-2016, 10:58 PM
I mounted a double burner on the front of the trailer what do you guys think i can't decide if I like it or not. I think I might make a removable top that will go on top of the burners for an extra tabletop.

BBQ Freak
04-30-2016, 11:15 PM
I would make a removable or permanent table in front of the burners if it was me .

05-01-2016, 09:51 PM
I spent a good portion of the day with a grinder in my hand with a wire wheel on it removing rust on the cook chamber and firebox. I got it painted before it rains again wasn't enough time in the day to strip and paint the trailer frame. I can't wait to get the finish on the shelf and get it bolted on and finish up paint I guess that will have to wait till next weekend

05-01-2016, 10:14 PM
Nice work, long project but well worth it.

05-01-2016, 10:32 PM
Looks great!

05-10-2016, 10:20 PM
I put 5 coats of spar urethane on the shelf

05-10-2016, 10:23 PM

05-15-2016, 08:06 PM
I fabbed up a propane tank holder today I'm thinking maybe just a ratchet strap around the tank to secure it

05-22-2016, 10:42 PM
Got a little more work done over the weekend i modified the tank holder so i can just drop a tank in it and no need for straps and got it welded on. Stripped and painted the trailer frame. The antler handles were turning white from baking in the sun so i brushed on some really strong coffee and it seemed to bring back the color really good then i put 2 coats of spar urethane on to seal them.

05-22-2016, 10:47 PM
That's bad arse!

05-22-2016, 10:53 PM
That's bad arse!


05-22-2016, 11:13 PM
I might paint the jack either black or white because the blue looks like crap. I'm going to get a piece of aluminum tread plate and cut it to fit on top of the dual burners to keep the rain out of them. Still waiting for my freebie aluminium wheels and tires that hold air lol one of the temporary ones i have on there now only hold air for about 1 hour

05-23-2016, 08:55 PM
Nice work, long project but well worth it.

Yea it has been a long project but i have been collecting scrap to build it as i go since this build is on a tight budget i would say i have around $150 in it so it has been worth it

05-23-2016, 09:31 PM
Very nice.

05-23-2016, 10:45 PM

06-05-2016, 06:56 PM
I finally got some nice aluminum wheels and decent used tires on the unit. I should probably put some safety chains on the trailer but other than that i think it's a wrap. Thanks bretheren for everyone's help and 2 cents !!

06-06-2016, 10:10 AM
Well done. :thumb: