New to smoking and just built a smoker out of brick

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by drummermom, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. Hello,

    I am in southern Illinois where the temperature right now is unseasonably COLD. It is supposed to be in the 50's in November, but we are right at the freezing mark for our highs this week and through the weekend.  I was planning to test out my new smoker this weekend and am concerned that I will be battling to keep it hot enough to cook my turkey breast and whole chicken.  We will see.

    My smoker is my own design.  I wanted to be able to use it as a fire pit if it doesn't work out well as a smoker, so it is only about 3.5 feet tall (but taller with the kettle type lid on).  It is round and open on top.  I have a kettle style lid from an old fire pit that goes on top.  I drilled a couple of 1" holes in the lid for the smoke to come out (I may add another hole tonight) and I also installed a thermometer on the lid.  I don't have a whole lot of confidence in the lid thermometer, but I needed something for now until my new Maverick ET-732 arrives.  I have a vent at the bottom that is the space of 1 brick wide and two horizontal bricks high. I will open/close this vent area by positioning bricks as needed.  I installed two rows of firebrick on the inside, but it doesn't go all the way up to the top because I wanted a ledge for iron bars to hold my racks.  I may add more firebrick next year if it doesn't seem to hold heat well enough.

    Anyway, here is a pic of me building the smoker/fire pit.  It is only about half way done in the pic.  I will have to take a pic of the completed product this weekend and post it.

    I have spent quite a bit of time researching smokers and have made decisions based on what I have seen works well for others (like buying the Maverick ET-732). However, I have yet to find someone who has made a round smoker out of brick and mortar.  Maybe because it's a bad idea, or maybe because I am a genius and need to trademark my design!   ;)

    Anyway, I am looking forward to reading more about smokers and smoking technique!

    Last edited: Nov 14, 2014
  2. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey Debbie, welcome to SMF and congrats on building the smoker!  Looking forward to reading about your seasoning run, fuel choice, and that first smoke.  Sounds like the temp control should be relatively easy with how you designed the lower vents.  Very creative! 

    Glad you're here!

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  3. Debbie [​IMG]

    Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
    About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
    and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
    We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
    Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
    because their are so many different ways to make great Q...

    When you get a chance would you post pics of your build in the brick smoker area?
    Happy smoken.
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  4. wolfman1955

    wolfman1955 Master of the Pit

    Debbie AKA DrummerMom,
    Welcome, from southern Ohio, to the best forum on the internet if you are looking to learn how to BBQ/smoke/brine/cure/inject. Well you get the picture if you can do it to to something you put on a plate to eat then someone here has probably done it. Use the search bar at the top of the page and you will be led to the answer to most every question you can think of. If you don't find the answer there then just post it and someone will chime in with their opinion on the subject.
    Always remember the only dumb question is the one you don’t ask!!
    Keep Smokin!!!
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  5. [​IMG]   Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from another  Cold  day in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of                    information on just about  everything 

  6. I think it's pretty cool. You may have to play with it some to get it smoking the way you want, Nice undertaking, something to be proud of. My friend in Dallas fab-ed a new smoker a year or so back and it was round. He said he had some control issues at first but kept adjusting and getting his air flow and dampers right. Last time I heard from him he said it was smoking fine.

  7. Thanks, Gary!  I tried it out yesterday and it got quite a bit hotter than I anticipated.  I believe I used too much charcoal, though.  It was a good test and I look forward to getting things sorted out with it so I can get cookin'!  After I smoke the thanksgiving turkey next week I will probably let it sit for winter and give some ribs a try in the early spring.  We'll see if I can wait that long, though.  - Deb

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