Building A New Custom Smoker

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by pjy1992, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. Hey gang: I'm new to the smoking world, having only about a week ago decided to get into smoking.  I decided to build my own smoker, as I've got plenty of scrap metal and the welding/fabricating know-how/equipment to do it all, once I have the design.  That's where I'm asking you guys for help: I've done some research on smokers and have a preliminary design, but after thinking it over some, I'm not sure I want to jump in on something I have no experience with.  In your opinions, what is the best type of smoker: horizontal, vertical, reverse flow, or something else I haven't considered?  Please feel free to get as complex as you can with the design, as long as it will improve the performance of the thing..  I plan to use charcoal to fire the thing, as I've heard that this results in the best flavor.  Thanks for your input!
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2014
  2. I can't speak for horizontal, but vertical.....UDS all the way.  Simplicity, efficiency all at a low cost.  There are quite a few out there where you welders and fabricators have put some very nice special touches to.  Plenty of info on this site about them.
  3. Lots of videos on YouTube...that's what I used.

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