DIY smoker

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by nealolsen, May 27, 2014.

  1. nealolsen

    nealolsen Newbie

    Well I had a question about baffles in a smoker. I built this smoker out of a CO2 tank. It was going to be a vertical smoker until i cut it open and found the inner tank. The fire chamber is in the bottom and the cook chamber is on top with a small hole cut in the top for smoke and heat to enter. I was thinking of just welding a piece of flat steel sheet over the opening to direct the heat and smoke to the farthest end of the smoker. I did a trial run this weekend with 15 lbs of charcoal and it still had coals at the 7 hour mark. I have some temp gauges on order to install in the lid and the food grate is almost complete. I have no air holes in the bottom just some latches on the bottm door not seen in the image below to keep the door shut, so just air leaks keeping the fire lit. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

    Beginning tank

    Not painted yet but finished shell

    Picture of the inside with the upper tank

  2. Hello.  Welcome.  I see this is your first post.  Please take some time and swing over to Roll Call and introduce yourself so that we may give you a proper "Hello".  Looking good to me.  You might consider a "V" formed plate to push the heat and smoke to both ends.  Or a reverse flow ISH plate installed with an opening at both ends?  Just an idea.  Another suggestion:  Cancel the order for the temp gauges  UNLESS you found some REALLY good ones which are capable of being calibrated.  Unless you can calibrate the temp gauges or have spent some REALLY serious money on them they will not be accurate, and may even be off as much as 50 - 75 degrees.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!


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