My first Smoker Build...

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by g-que, Jun 4, 2013.

  1. g-que

    g-que Newbie

    Okay everyone this is the only smoker I have ever  built, her name is "Oakley"!!

    I started out with an old high pressure water tank that my dad found over at my grandpas place. It is approx. 60" x 22". After doing some reading I decided I wanted to make it a reverse flow pit. That said I was afraid that due to the tank being pretty thin I would lose a fair amount of heat during the winter months on the bottom side of the dip pan, so what I decided to do was weld (2) 6" x 3" x 3/8" side by side, lay them in the bottom, and cut the hole on my fire box to fit basically a 12" x 3" piece of rectangle. This allowed me to get rid of the need for a drip pan as the top of the tube would take its place. Also I figured that because of the thickness and it being inside of the overall tank it would keep its heat very well as it traveled, as well as act like a hot plate once the steel reached temp. thus helping me regain internal tank temp after opening the lid.. I have a few handles, vent covers and paint that still needs to be completed but outside of that it is basically like any other reverse flow, so let me know what you think! BTW, I never claimed to be a very good welder so you wouldn't be telling me anything I didn't already know! [​IMG]  I added a pic of my first ribs as well.. (not a bad ring, and they ate very well)


  2. ldrus

    ldrus Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Looks great , nice build
  3. Well for a first try, guess it'll have to do.  [​IMG]  NAH! Just pullin yer leg!  GREAT JOB!  Good lookin smoker and the proof is in the pudding as they say; great lookin ribs.  Now ya gotta start lookin round for somethin else to smoke.  The neighbors cat "should" be off limits though. [​IMG]  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!

  4. g-que

    g-que Newbie

    I got a little more done last night... Also, I was tired of burning my hands when I wanted to move it around, so I added a couple handles as well as a firebox handle, and the firebox latch. O yea and she also get her first coat of paint (do you like the silver?). I was lucky yesterday and stumbled onto a guy with some wood to sell so I took him on it, $30 for a rick of Oak...!

    This weekend I'm gonna try my hand at two pork butts and some smoked baked beans... Ill add pic of finished product!
  5. g-que

    g-que Newbie

    Here is the finished product as well as some pics from last weekend. Sorry this is all the pics I got (I got to deep into the beers).....[​IMG]

  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    G-Que, evening and welcome to the forum....    Please take a moment and stop into " /Roll Call/   " and introduce yourself and get a proper welcome from our members.... Also, if you would note your location in your profile, it will help in the future when answering questions about smokin'...   elevation, humidity etc....    

    We're glad you stopped in and joined our group...    Enjoy the long smokey ride....     Dave

    PS.... Very nice smoker....  [​IMG]  ......

Share This Page