Check out my new custom vertical smoker w/side firebox

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by jeremymillrood, May 25, 2010.

  1. jeremymillrood

    jeremymillrood Smoke Blower

    After struggling with a flimsy vertical Brinkman for several months, I decided I wanted to get something a lot more durable and built to my specs. Did a lot of looking around and finally found a guy on Craigslist. After going back and forth for a couple of days we settled on a design and I have to say I love this smoker and I haven't even smoked anything in it yet.  First off it's made with 3/16th inch steel.  I've got three cooking grates, an adjustable baffle between the fire box and the smoke chamber along, a real smoke stack and the doors for the fire box and smoker have different slots so they can be adjusted open if necessary.

    You can see from the pic that this smoker is built like a freaking tank, almost a whole sheet of steel went into it.  Forrest, the guy who built it for me is not too far from Jax and I believe he even joined the site not too long ago.  Gotta give him credit, this was the first one of this style that he's built and I think it came out pretty good.





    My plan is to season it this weekend and get some ribs and maybe a brisket in there.  I can't wait!
    Last edited: May 25, 2010
  2. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i like it![​IMG]
  3. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Real nice.
  4. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nice
  5. dennisdocb

    dennisdocb Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking rig..should produce some good smoke. If you don't mind me asking how much $$ did you end up on it.

    BTW..glad to see another Jax, Fl guy on board.
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sweet that's going to work great!
  7. jeremymillrood

    jeremymillrood Smoke Blower

    Thanks guys..I really can't wait to get it fired up this weekend.  Dennis, I'll send you a PM.
  8. harryho

    harryho Smoke Blower

    Looks good.
  9. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    Lookin forward to seein some smoke
  10. hookup

    hookup Smoke Blower

  11. graybeard

    graybeard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Nice build! Thick and sweet.

  12. nickelmore

    nickelmore Smoking Fanatic

    Looks good, there is nothing like the feeling of making something yourself that has the room and setup you want.

    It is really neat to see all the home builts smokers around the forum.
  13. jeremymillrood

    jeremymillrood Smoke Blower

    Thanks for all of the comments guys..I'm just stoked about getting to fire it up this weekend.  Plan is to throw a 4 or 5# chuckie in there for it's maiden voyage..
  14. You are going to love it!  When I made the move from a sheet metal smoker to a heavy gauge unit I couldn't believe how much better it held heat and how little fuel I needed to maintain smoking temps, even though the smoker was 3 times larger.  You are going to get a lot of tasty meat out of that thing.  Congrats.
  15. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now thats a heavy duty smoker you have built there Jeremy. You should have many years of fine smoked good coming off that thing. Good luck this weekend and don't foget the Qview.
  16. jeremymillrood

    jeremymillrood Smoke Blower

    I'm sure it's going to be night and day compared to the Brinkman.  Still trying to figure out how I'm going to get my probe for the meat thermometer in there.  The door closes way to tight for me to route the wire there, I was thinking about going down through the smoke stack but I don't know if that would work too well.  Maybe I'll drill a small hole in the side just big enough to get the probe through..what do you think?
  17. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Hey Jeremy....i'm looking into getting a custom veritcal smoker made....can you give us an update on this smoker? still your primary? still running well? do you still have forrest's contact info?

  18. Nice looking smoker, I've been to JAX and though it was a beatiful city with lot's of character.
  19. Nice looking .. very cool  [​IMG]
  20. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good from here?  Let's fire it up.

    Good luck and good smoking.

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