Newbie - Building File Cabinet Smoker

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by fuzzy0026, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. fuzzy0026

    fuzzy0026 Fire Starter

    I have done a lot of reading on the forum on people's File Cabinet builds, and I have learned a lot and have some ideas on what to do, but I have a couple of questions.  Well, that is a lie, I am sure I have more that a couple, but a couple to start with.

    I did a burn last weekend in the cabinet, I built a fire in the bottom and second drawer.  The top drawer would burn to much, it kept going out when I closed it do to the updraft.  My question is how many burns should I do and how careful do I have to be with the paint on the inside?  If I do another burn, should that be good enough?  The first one was for about an hour.  Do I have to do any scraping with sand paper or a grinder?  

    Also, do I have to season the inside?  I guy at work is building a smoker (for a tank) and said it should be seasoned.  Is that just putting oil on all sides of the drawers and the inside of the cabinet?

    Any other insights are welcomed.  

  2. fuzzy0026

    fuzzy0026 Fire Starter

    Some updates on my build.  I was able to get most of the cutting of the cabinet done this weekend.  Now I need to figure out the gas line and the location of the safety valve and thermocouple.  I was planning on putting it right by the heater but just found out that it should be outside of the cabinet.  Is there flexible gas line that I could hook up to the heater to run outside and then hookup to the safety valve?  I might have to scrap the whole bottom drawer idea and just set the heater on the bottom of the cabinet.

    I plan on putting the AmazeN pellet smoker in front of the this burner.

    This will be the top drawer with the bottom cut out in case I want to hang sausage down through it.

    Vent holes for the gas burner

    Top drawer

    Side of cabinet

    2nd drawer, which will have a drip tray in it.

    If anyone sees anything that might be an issue, or thoughts on something more that I need to do, please chime in.

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