Got a 59 gallon, 200 litter oak barrel I want to make into a smoker.

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by canadianbacon, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. canadianbacon

    canadianbacon Fire Starter

    Got a 59 gallon, 200 litter oak barrel I want to make into a smoker. I have got oh so tired of saying.. " I wish i had more jerky" So i think this massive barrel will solve my problem. I have seen several build but had some questions if anyone had ideas... 

    Can i stain and varnish the exterior? Will it leach in and contaminate food?

    And will I have to worry about adding insulation under the heating element and a sheet of i was thinking copper to look nice and to avoid burning the oak and insulation under that.

    Can i drill half inch holes to vent or do i need horizontal slits at the bottom?
  2. Copper can tend to have a lot of lead in it, just to be safe, I'd go with stainless steel.
  3. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    with an air gap between floor and steel of about 3 inches
  4. canadianbacon

    canadianbacon Fire Starter

    I would be using copper used during still builds so it would be lead free. Stainless steel might be cheaper tho. Just hard to solder. Thanks for the advice on the air gap, I never conmsiders that.
  5. treym64

    treym64 Smoke Blower

    I wanna see how this goes
  6. I LIKE THE WAY YOU THINK   any chance of a pick of that copper build

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