HD wood/charcoal box

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by jdt, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I built myself this 16 x 13 x 8.5 wood/charcoal box for my new offset, its 1/8 steel 1/2, 1 and two inch angle, 1 1/8 flat, 7/16 rod and 3/4 9 gauge expanded so it should last a long time, its about a 1/16 to an 1/8 out of square, level, flat and however else you could measure it, about $65 in materials with a few screw ups.
  2. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    this is my interpretation of a minion plate
  3. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    and the minion plate installed, the dewalt box is where the hot lump will go with any luck it will serpentine around. I wanted to make the minion plate movable so I can play around with burning sticks only also
  4. coyote-1

    coyote-1 Smoking Fanatic

    I've found that the divider has to be double-walled, with a significant gap between the two walls.

    What happens is twofold: a) the heat inside the chamber eventually ignites the other side even before the fire has reached it AND b) is asisted by the still-smoldering ash that falls from the coal box. The only way to have a chance of delaying that crossover for any significant time is to do as described above.

    With a single plate, the hea will be transmitted to the other side VERY quickly.
  5. carpetride

    carpetride Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Built to Last in my opinion. Nice work
  6. vtanker

    vtanker Meat Mopper

    Nice job! I love to see people being creative! I am a welder/fabricator. good luck with it!
  7. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    the center of the minion plate is 3/16 so I am hoping I won't get so much heat transfer through it, I noticed the nicest wood boxes had a double layer so I have the plans and have cardboard mocked up as a double wall, it however is going to be more work to cut out and to hold together for welding so I figured for $9 worth of metal this was was worth the gamble, I kinda played around with some cardboard on this one for a triple wall double air gap version to so if it don't work I will decide what to do then
  8. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Coyote is right, the "minion plate" has been a bust two times in a row, within 10-20 minutes the lump on the other side of the plate caught fire, the good news is buring sticks on a pile of coals is working good with the box, it also keeps most of the ash contained and right over the ash dump. Minion plate version 2.0 to come [​IMG]
  9. suprfast

    suprfast Meat Mopper

    subscribed. i like your ideas.
  10. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    JDT, looks nice! What kind of welder did you use?
  11. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I used my buddies dad's 30 year old lincoln 220v 200 amp AC/DC stick welder The shiny spots are from the grinder, no nickles here lol. At first I tried to use a borrowed 90 amp 110v cheapy but it didn't get the penetration I wanted.
  12. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    here is a photo of the bottom that I didn't post before, considering this was done with hand tools I am suprised the bottom looks as good as it does, cutting 45 degree angles in 1/8 wall tube with a 4 inch grinder is a real pain, the 7/16 rods are not 100 percent straight either [​IMG]
    mitchell lawson and jaburr25 like this.
  13. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    Looks good. I'm wanting to buy a welder eventually. Nice work!
  14. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks good to me.
  15. I'm kind of new to smoking. I'm building a charcoal box for my offset. Do I need a wood box also or do I just put the wood on the coals?


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