Help to build a brick charcoal smoker

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by robertorc, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. robertorc

    robertorc Newbie

    Hello, just registered in the forum and have read a lot of good information here. I live in Ecuador, South america and I am remodeling my backyard and want to build a brick smoker, using wood charcoal as fuel.
    I am thinking about a couple of designs but it is a little confusing about the advantages and disadvantages of a Vertical design or an Offset design.
    Attached you can find the basic draft designs.
    In the vertical pit, as you can see in the drawing, there is nothing between the charcoal and the lower rack. Should I put sort of a horizontal wall with a hole between them to get indirect heating?
    I understand also that the offset design may give a lower temperatures to the racks, if that is the case, I don't know if this is a good option because I would like to spend 4 -5 hours smoking ribs but I won't like to b 8-10 hours waiting for them.
    Any suggestions will be appreciated

  2. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think you would have better temp control with the offset design. Just my $0.02

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  3. chadpole

    chadpole Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I think you would need to fix it so a water pan could be installed on the direct vertical as in your ECB design. On the offset put another rack at the bottom and put a baffle plate to divert the fire and heat down so fire would not burn your food on the bottom rack. Just my $0.02 worth.
  4. I think Chadpole has it summed up for both variations.
  5. robertorc

    robertorc Newbie

    Thanks for your input.
    Is there a significant advantage of one design over the other?
    Any thoughts about which is easier to operate? requires more attention? control the temperature?
    Is it ok to combine the designs, for example installing a water pan in the offset design?

    Thanks for you help
  6. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Although I am not an expert by any means I think if I were to build one I would go offset. Seems like you can make more adjustments that way. The heat isn't as direct. You can work with the fire and minimize the heat loss in the cooking area.
    I hope some of the more experienced smokers here weigh in. I would like to hear their opinions on the advantages and disadvantages of offset or direct...
  7. coleysmokinbbq

    coleysmokinbbq Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hi Roberto!...

    I tend to agree with Meowey that you would have better temperature
    control with an offset design.

    If you would like to cook your BBQ 'North Carolina Style', then take a look
    at the 'The Wilbur D. Hog' Pit...

    And Wilbur's fraternal twin brother, 'The Sidney R. Pig' Pit...

    These are a couple of fairly good examples of brick pits...

    Hope you'll find these links interesting!...[​IMG]...

    Until later...
  8. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    They are pretty though aren't they?
  9. robertorc

    robertorc Newbie

    Thanks everybody for your help!!

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