My Brick Build

Discussion in 'Brick Smokers' started by leoric, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. leoric

    leoric Newbie

    Hi all,

    After some useful advice I embarked on my build this weekend.  I decided on a brick build because I had a ton of bricks leftover from some work in the garden, plus I wanted to try my hand at brick laying.

    Its tiny compared to most of the beautiful big brick smokers here, and as you can see my brick laying skills leave something to be desired but it was great fun to make a start and very satisfying.  I'm based in central London, UK so don't have too much space to build a bigger smoker!

    Will post more photos as the build progresses.


    Bottom course laid on a sturdy path at the back of the garden.


    Three courses up and the bottom filled with concrete to take a hearth of 75mm firebrick.
     
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks like a great start!

    Al
     
  3. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looking good!!   Keep us posted on the progress

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  4. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Leoric, good start, Wes W is the man for brick built.

    Seen you have been a member since June 2015, have you introduced yourself on the Roll Call, and also the UK group Roll Call?

    Please take time to look at the UK Smokers Forum,

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/f/3161/uk-smokers

    And introduce your self on the UK Roll Call

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/229926/roll-call

    We have had our 2nd UK Smokes weekend, where members attend and cooked over the weekend, dates and plans are already in place for 2016. Please use the link below to view the website.

    http://www.uk-smf.co.uk

    Smokin Monkey �
     
  5. krabby patties

    krabby patties Smoke Blower

    Keep it coming. I like watching these things go up.
     
  6. leoric

    leoric Newbie

    Thanks all.  More progress at the weekend, fire brick base and side vents in place...


     
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2016
  7. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looking good!   
     
  8. leoric

    leoric Newbie

    Managed to get the lower door lintel in and the rack supports which are just mild steel plates embedded in mortar joints.  The lower ones will support plate steel removable baffles, the upper will support the food racks.

     
  9. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks really good.   Be sure you have enough support for your racks.   Two to three butts can weigh up to 24-30lbs.    
     
  10. leoric

    leoric Newbie

    Wes, good point, i might double up those supports.  I didn't want any centrally in case i wanted to hang joints from the lid - i was planning on casting some hooks into the concrete top for this purpose.
     
  11. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks great so far.
     
  12. jim williams

    jim williams Meat Mopper

    Looks great, You will enjoy this when its done! I admire a  person for their own builds!
     
  13. leoric

    leoric Newbie

    Brickwork and supports done, all thats left is the lid and the door!

    s!
     
  14. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's coming along great!
     
  15. leoric

    leoric Newbie

    And its finished!  Haven't fired it up yet but will do so this weekend and hope it all works ok!  Thanks for all your help during the construction.


     
  16. sauced

    sauced Master of the Pit

    Great job.....looks fantastic!!
     
  17. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Racks are in, when are you starting it up?
     
  18. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just a thought.   The brick work needs to cure for at least 30-45 days before you bring it up to smoker temp.   If the masonry isn't cured, it will crack.    

    Awesome build!    You won't be disappointed with the outcome.
     
  19. jim williams

    jim williams Meat Mopper

    Looking Good....staying tuned     [​IMG]  
     

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