new member, modding my first smoker

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by danreeve, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. danreeve

    danreeve Fire Starter

    Hey everyone,

    I posted a intro for myself in the new members section but I thought I'd post my pictures of my first smoker and the mods I have started on it so you guys can see the progress. I am a 100% new smoker owner and am very excited to get this thing going and hopefully make some good food.

    All of my mods are from reading these boards.

    Here is what I bought off of craigslist for 40 bucks


    my first mod, the dryer tube smokestack


    my next mod was some metal tape I bought and sprayed with high temp black paint to cover up holes on the side of the main chamber. No picture of this because...well... it's black metal tape...

    next was the baffle I had a friend who is a welder make for me.


    that's it so far. I bought two of these off of ebay..


    that I want to put on each end of the main chamber. I am having a hard time drilling the 13/16 inch holes (broke the bit I bought) but I think with a better drill, I'll be ok.

    after that... I need a charcoal basket/holder. That should be interesting.

    more pictures to come later... any advice or idea would be awesome.

    Thanks guys

  2. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    nice mods so far.

    as far as your bit breakage, why not try a hold saw..will make short work of that hole
  3. danreeve

    danreeve Fire Starter

    ya that's what I tried and I broke the pilot bit in the middle before the saw part got locked in. hopefully I have better luck in the morning.
  4. If you have a 1/2 inch drill motor. You can get a 3/4 inch bit that is stepped down to have for the chuck.. Then it will just take a little twisting of the drilto over size the hole enough for the extra sixteenth. I wallered a 3/4 to 7/8 in just a few seconds to mount mine.
  5. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great job so far! Congrats on the smoker, that will be the best $40.00 you have ever spent.
  6. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    do what i do first when i have broken the bit on my hole saw... drill the hole also sounds like your bit either wasnt sharp or wasnt tight

    cant wait to see more updates
  7. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thats's a good score at $40.00. What are you planning to to smoke on its first outing? Have fun. :>)
  8. danreeve

    danreeve Fire Starter


    with the help of my brother and his more powerful drill here is the installed thermometers. (and it's lit for the first time)


    now just need a charcoal basket. maybe new wheels?

    also, what are some ideas for the stock thermometer, or hole that it will leave if I take it out. It is broken so can you replace them with stock from charbroil?

    oh and I'd love some better handles. Anyone have a recommendation?
  9. danreeve

    danreeve Fire Starter

    my first attempt at smoking meat.


    I'm pretty happy with how it looks.... now taste... we'll see.
  10. iron

    iron Fire Starter

    That all looks wife just bought me a new smoker identical to that....( i wont tell her what you i have done some of the same mods and did a bunch of chicken today all was good and tasty

    LOL.... 40 bux..!! you stink..(jk)
  11. trashcan

    trashcan Smoke Blower

    I just bought the exact same make and model for eighty off craigslist. I was going to brag but now I'm just jealous.
  12. drmlabs

    drmlabs Newbie

    nice job so far with the mods. And that bird looks about perfect. As for a charcoal basket, there are some retail ones around last I looked. Not sure how much. And it looks like you got yourself a polder? You go for the wired or the wireless?
    Speaking of grills, I was at a flea market in Marblehead today and found a great metal stand with wheels and a front door with two shelves inside, made of a medium gage steel. Been wanted a stand for my Primo ceramic for years & finally found it. 5 bucks hehe
  13. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Unless you are moving your smoker around I wouldn't bother with wheels (unless you really want to). I only move mine 2X a year to haul it out front for a good clean and pressure wash.

    As for your charcoal basket - if you dont find one to buy.... hit up your welder friend [​IMG]

    Grats on the GREAT deal... the birds looking good!
  14. caljr

    caljr Fire Starter

  15. danreeve

    danreeve Fire Starter

    so I bought some gasket rope today. You guys think the best place to put it is on the bottom of the smoke chamber, butted up to the lip? I noticed on my first smoke that most of the leak seemed to be coming from the front of the lid.

    my charcoal basket should come Thursday also.. just in time for my weekend smoke. yea!

  16. danreeve

    danreeve Fire Starter


    Charcoal basket welded and installed


    still have to put the gasket rope on (not sure of the best placement) and then pretty much done.

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