How many butts can fit?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by tdunson, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. tdunson

    tdunson Newbie

    I've cut my teeth cooking with guys that do a lot at a time. 300 butts is usually the minimum. I'm looking to build something bigger for myself and was curious what the opinions are on how many butts you can fit in a certain area. I was looking at a simple block smoker to do a pig cook and I know it'd be 8x4 ft of cooking surface the way I a do it. It's inevitable I'll end up cooking butts for my kids ball team so now I'm wondering about how many butts would fit. Most folks I've talked to say no more than 1 butt per sq ft but that seems like they'd have a lot of wasted space in between. I know they shouldn't be touching so the smoke can flow freely. So how many butts do yall think would fit on 32 sq ft.
     
  2. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A square foot is 144 square inches. 

    Lets say a typical butt has a 9" by 5" footprint or 45 square inches. 

    You only need a little space between them to start because they shrink as they cook.  So lets say the initial spacing is 1/4" between the butts, a

    footprint of 9.125" by 5.125", or 46.8 square inches per butt.   

    A 32 square foot cooking area is 4608 square inches.  98 butts, rounding down.
     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2015

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