My homemade smoker comes to life

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by goat, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. goat

    goat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I ended up closing up the vent hole. That was enough of a draft to allow the wood chunks to burn, (note 55* rise in temp) with the damper shut. I put some good ole grey tape over the hole and plan to stop it up later. The smoker is pretty air tight as I have a seal around the door. I am going to drill a hole into the side and place a piece of hose thru it for conduit and run me thermometers thru the hose. I will then seal that hose with some high temp silicon. Sorry to ramble, but yes, I think I have enough leakage without the hole. I can see if it were gas fired the hole would be necessary for a clean burn.
     
  2. goat

    goat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I ended up with a 1000 w hotplate and have heat to spare. I would not use anything smaller. I might add that this was built mostly with scrap. The 2x4 frame came from some cement forms. The 3/4" plywood came out of a trash pile on the ranch where I was working. The layer of insulation inside the foil lined insulation (total of 1 1/2") came from a neighbors house remodel. A control box cover from a submersible water well pump was used to cover the outlet inside the smoker where my hotplate is plugged in. The controls, hotplate, chimney, and thermometer were purchased from Midwestern Research.
     
  3. rodbuilder

    rodbuilder Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I'm thinking on building a smoker similar to this one for smoking sausage. Do you have a thermostat connected? Several years ago I built a large dehydrator using a small fan and a heat cone that screwed into a regular light socket. I installed a thermostat and it worked like a charm...

    Anyway, thanks again for the info and great job on the smoker...
     
  4. goat

    goat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Yes, it is on a thermostat. Kind of like some of that Ronco stuff, set it and forget it.
     
  5. navionjim

    navionjim Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Right on Goat! That rocks!
     
  6. rodbuilder

    rodbuilder Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Cool, I have lots of scraps in my shop and barn. I think I will begin my quest... Again, thanks for the info...
     
  7. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    With the cost of shipping the smoker I want to Hawaii being so prohibitive, I am seriously thinking going this route. I'm thinking of using a propane single burner of some sort......
     
  8. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    so goat........this is more than just a cold smoking unit.......you can hot smoke in it then?

    the foil covered foam panels will not be affected?

    tia

    d88de
     
  9. bigarm's smokin

    bigarm's smokin Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    d88de, Goat's panels look to be the same as I have in my cold smoke shack. I had it up to 187 last week, I see no sign of deterioration of the panels. [​IMG]
     
  10. wilson

    wilson Meat Mopper

    Very Nice Goat! I wish you many happy years smoking with it.
     
  11. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    terry.......i am thinking more along the line of 250-275.........

    since he's already had it over 200, maybe it CAN be used as a hot smoker


    d88de
     
  12. goat

    goat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    The temperature in this smoker has been up to 255*. No problem yet with limited use. If a problem develops, I will just have to go to plan B, no C, maybe D. I will fix it somehow.
     
  13. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    goat......keep us informed........this sounds like a cheap insulated vertical smoker.........if nothing else........use the insulation on the outside.....but didn't i see here somewhere, that you are not supossed to use pine or plywood for the interior of a hot smoker exposed?



    tia


    d88de
     
  14. bigarm's smokin

    bigarm's smokin Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well, if it works at that high of temp, great. [​IMG] If I was going to go over 200, I would just use my regular cooker though. Wood and foam and 275 degrees would make me pretty nervous. [​IMG]
     
  15. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    i don't have a decent vertical smoker for sausages, so am looking a cheap way to make one...............


    d88de
     
  16. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Don't know how I missed this thread....Nice one goat! Way to go![​IMG]
     
  17. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would wonder about the foam itself exuding fumes at temps above 100-ish. but I got no clue.
     
  18. rodbuilder

    rodbuilder Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I have some old redwood planks 2½" thick in my barn. They are from an old flume the was used to pipe water for irrigation. Water had been in them for 75 years. I don't suppose redwood would cause a problem for just smoking sausage. I wouldn't have to use any insulation with them. Now I have to figure out where to put the thing because I don't think I will be wanting to move it much... Just a thought...
     
  19. goat

    goat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I smoked some pork chops today with hickory and other than getting too much smoke in them, they were great. I have been watching the insulation and it's reaction to heat. So far no ill effects. I am sure that the insulation had to meet some pretty high temp requirements in order to get the insurance company's stamp of approval, or someones stamp of approval. I am not real worried, because I have not seen anyone get out of this world alive yet. Something is going to get you. Wouldn't it be nice if it were a smoked prime rib?
     
  20. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    or .. at 80 years old, from a 20 year old jealous husband........

    *sigh*........heheheh

    j/k

    d88de
     

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