Brick smoker - Compete how to

Discussion in 'Brick Smokers' started by wes w, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thank you Dave.  I really didn't think it was anything special till I got on the forum.   I appreciate all the kind words.

    The fatty wasn't very pretty.  It was my first one.

    Fatties going in.

    End results.  Into the frig. till morning.

    Bacon, egg, american, pepper jack cheese.

    Got up early, made biscuits, warmed fatty up to 140 in oven.   It was really good.

    Learned a lot making this one.   It ain't pretty, but it sure was good!
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wes......   Some folks think "pretty" makes good food.... That "you eat, first, with your eyes"..... Maybe in New York but not in Omak...  I see bacon, eggs, cheese and sausage... That about does it... I'm hungry now....  
  3. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Your right Dave.  When my dear Mother used to make cakes, they were so moist they would fall apart or slide off the plate.  She always said it didn't matter what it looks like,  as long as it taste good.

    Well sir, it is time to eat.....  I'm thinking some more of that fatty  :)

    Hope you have a great day!

  4. Dave's right, it doesn't get old looking at your smoker.  Hope you had a Merry Christmas, and have a Happy New Year!
  5. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks you bigfoote
  6. beef77

    beef77 Smoke Blower

    Sweet build Wes. I myself was a mason for ten years. I haven't picked my tools up in about six years though. I'm seriously throwing around the idea of building one out of brick. If you don't mind me asking about how much you have wrapped up in it? Just the materials? Any input would be much appreciated.
  7. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    That's one sweet smoker.
  8. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks beef,

    I had laid a few block for myself before, but never brick.  It was an interesting project.  My brother made a living laying brick for about 25 years.  He gave me a lot of pointers and no help... :)

    The brick I had from our 1907 house.  We tore down the chimney when we remolded in 2000.    My project also included the fireplace.  Totally brick were around 1300, plus fill.  I used common for fill. 

    I pored the footing 13in. thick  double run rebar on 1 ft. grid.    Better safe then sorry.  Overkill, maybe.  But that's something you can't go back and fix.

    My  brother also built my doors, damper and shelves in his fab shop.  It was free, but wasn't sure he would ever get them done....  I couldn't start the smoker without the doors.   So I bugged the hell out of him till he got them done.  :) 

    Total cost I would guess to be around $1500.00. For both fireplace and smoker.

    I think I had around maybe 350 - 400 brick in the smoker.  Not sure how many firebrick.  Some I had from a fireplace tear down at work.  I started the base of the smoker with 8" block and stepped them in to 6 once over the firebox.  I left about 2in. expansion  on the sides of the smoke chamber and about 1" in back. 

    If I were building another one.  I'd make it at least 4 to 6 in. wider.  

    This is probably more then you wanted, but I just kinda got to rambling.  If you have any questions I'd be more then glad to help anyway I can.

    My run down pretty much covers the basics of my build.   With your working knowledge of brick work it would be simple for you to build.

    Thanks for the kind words Michael.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2013
  9. beef77

    beef77 Smoke Blower

    Thanks Wes
  10. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Your welcome beef

    I did a rack of rib the past week-end.  The ribs need some work.  I'm going to change my rub and see whats happened.  Got some great advice here.

    It was in the 20's and damp.  

  11. atcnick

    atcnick Smoking Fanatic

    Man that's awesome! My puny lil brick firebox was hard enough to build, can't imagine this work if art ! Nice job!

  12. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Nick.   It was an interesting challenge.
  13. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I took a picture today while I had the rack out of my smoker. 

     It shows in detail how I baffled the bottom over the firebox.  It can be adjusted to however much heat you need or don't need coming through.  I use a large foil pan as a water pan to cover the middle.

  14. pjnla

    pjnla Smoke Blower

    good evening,

    where did you get your doors? did you make them or have them made? i am getting to the point where i need to get my doors and frames secured.

  15. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    My brother made all the metal works for this project.   The frames are 3" angle 1/4 thick.  Doors are 1/4" thick.  

    Something he did to help secure the frame in the masonry  was on every other run of brick he welded a flange  that could be mortared into the brick joint.   There's really no way the frame will ever get lose.

    The 3" angle also serves as the lintel over the top of the doors.

    Hope this helps.  If you have any other questions, feel free to ask

  16. pjnla

    pjnla Smoke Blower

    you know, that 3" angle is a great idea. i emailed some specs to a fabricator today and included your suggestions. we will see if he wants an arm and a leg for it. in LA this is considered specialty work, so we will see. i will keep you posted and maybe share some pics as i go if i get up the nerve.

  17. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    PJ,  I have no idea what it would have cost if I had went to a fabricator.   My brother has a fab. shop so I just hit him up for them.   I told him what I wanted the openings to be and he done it from there.  He layed brick for about 20 years so he knew where to weld  the flanges to where they would be on brick work. 

    I'd  love to see your pictures!   Please share anything you have.  

    If you have any questions please ask.  If theres something you would like to see in the build, thats not pictured,  theres a good chance I have a picture of it.  I didn't post all of them, just the ones I felt important.

    Keep us posted on how its going.   You could start your own thread to document it.  

    There's not a lot of info on the web about brick smokers.   Everyone has new ideas.  Please share for others to learn.

  18. eugene lorman

    eugene lorman Newbie


    Any way you can share the plans for this build? My dad and I wanted to do something similar in his back yard and I really like your design.  Anything you have would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

  19. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member


      I really didn't  have anything on paper.    I  looked at what I thought would be a good base and when from there.   My pictures pretty much document the build.  I have a lot more photos on file.  If theres a part of the build you have a question about, theres a good chance I have a picture of it..

      There's not a lot of info on the web about brick smokers.   I'm not sure what to tell you that's not in the review.   If you have  particular questions please ask.  I'm more then willing to answer any question you might have.  You can PM me on FB too if you like.  Thanks for joining my page.  

     Not sure why we can't have a brick smoker group here.  Guess there's not enough interest in the art and craft of smoking the old fashion way.

    Are you interested in the fireplace and smoker or just the smoker?    

    If you have any questions please ask.

    Last edited: Feb 18, 2013
  20. Wow very impressive build, but my question to you is this - Does your wife know that your sweetheart lives in the backyard? lol [​IMG]

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