New to smoking

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by lyall demorrow, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. I've been lingering in these forums for a few weeks and now I'm building my first offset smoker. I'm having a hard time deciding how I should make my door to the firebox. I'm thinking of welding the front plate on and cutting the door out. Or what it be better to frame the door in angle iron and make the whole front swing open? Does anybody have any suggestions? Also, would a sliding vent 4 x 7" long be okay for the intake, or should I make two smaller openings? The cooking chamber is a 24" x 48" air compressor tank. I used Feldon's BBQ calculator to determine the size of my firebox and chimney. If it wasn't for this website and all the nice people here, I would have never attempted this project.
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2014
  2. Here is a pic of the firebox.
  3. Hello and Welcome to the site, I'd say the door should be your personal preference, Look through some of the builds and see what you may like.  Ask Dave O, about the sizing and placement of your vents, he is a very knowledgeable and helpful guy.

    Gary S
  4. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome, glad ya joined us !
  5. Thanks Gary, I may ask Dave O when I get ready to cut the vents.
  6. I finally finished my smoker!! Thanks to DaveOmak and Gary S. for the help.


    Last edited: May 8, 2014
  7. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    That's a great build Lyall...nice skills, Brother! Can't wait to see some shots of it in action (maybe some ribs this Saturday?). :biggrin:

  8. Thanks man! I will be trying your recipe this Saturday. Thanks for the help.
  9. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hey Lyall

    Welcome to the Smoking  forum.   You’ll find great , friendly people here, all more than willing to answer any question you may have.  Just ask and you’ll get about 10 different answers—all right.  LOL.   Don’t forget to post qviews.

  10. Thanks Gary H. I plan to post some Q-view this weekend.
  11. Hey Lyall, looks great. You did a super nice job. Let me say, It's always fun to smoke and turn out great food for family and friends, But nothing like turning out great food on a smoker you built. I used to get asked all the time Where I got my smoker, always made me feel good when I explained that Me and my #2 son built it. Again Great Job. Now lets see some meat on that thing.

    Gary S
  12. Thanks Gary S. Thank you for your ideas for my intake. I hope you don't mind that I did my intake on the door almost the same as yours.
  13. Wow great job time to test it out think it's gonna past the test for sure have fun and welcome to the site lots of great folks your gonna find here.
  14. Thanks buddy! 
  15. I just finished my first smoke! Thanks to Red for all the help with my ribs.  I wrapped one rack with brown sugar, honey and butter. The other rack I just wrapped with apple juice.  Both racks turned out great.  I wrapped the CSR's the same way, they are falling of the bone tender! 

  16. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Those look outstanding Lyall! Great color...looks like they were delicious! Nice job of breaking in that smoker. Thumbs Up

    Last edited: May 10, 2014
  17. Very nice they look great bet you were very happy great job. Reds a good guy he has helped me out also just used his Memphis magic dust on my first smoked turkey  I made asome bacon butter and used his rub need to post Q-View.
  18. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks for the kind words Fendrbluz...looking forward to seeing some of that Qview!

  19. Thanks buddy. I will have to try the bacon butter also.

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