Newbie from Idaho- zero skills with a Smoker grille build planned out of an old truck cab/front.

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by rumblon, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. rumblon

    rumblon Newbie

    Hi, Im a newbie with almost zero smoking skills. I have a small electric smoker that was given to me. I have smoked a few things on it like brisket, chicken, ribs ect. Thats about it

    I live on 175 acres in Idaho and am retired. I have been retired for three years and have been building out buildings and a shop on this property since the day I arrived.. 

    Currently I am planning an owner/ building home build on a 2 acre pond that we have here. In front of that home, near the pond I plan on a sitting area of flagstone, next to that a covered patio with a bar and just outside that a BBQ and a smoker. This is why I ma here.

    I do nothing half A$$ed so I need to learn. My hobbies have always been cars and trucks and muscle car builds. Now that Im retired, no more expensive cars so Im going to build a rod or two. I have acquired a couple of truck cabs and front clips, (DODGE) as I am a Mopar guy.

    I would like to turn the front clip of the truck into a grille and the cab into a smoker. I know it may sound odd, but why not? Seriously, why not? I am hoping the cab can be conducive to a good smoking environment and need to learn if it can or not? I plan on building a barrel stove that will attach to the cab via the back of the cab via piping. I am also going to build the same stove for my greenhouse, so why not do a second. I see they make double barrel smoker kits, so why not make the cab a with grates, hangers ect. The cabs seal up pretty well.

    That said I need a great site to learn how to build a smoker and the general needs so I can turn this into a good one. The front clip has a hood that either side lifts up, so I can go a grille on it. 

    Here is a pic of the cabs and the front clips for my project, one has a title, so I will more than likely use the other one. I am guessing the glass can handle the 200-250 temps but if not I can have some tempered glass made or weld metal in. 

    any thoughts?

    someone in the general suggested I move this to the build section.  I am a novice on smoker/ grilles and this will be fixed in an entertainment area near my pond.  Looking for suggestions.  I know I need a fire box, and an exit point for the smoke, I can always crack the window a tag as they are already adjustable? 

    all suggestions and advise are greatly appreciated.  I want something totally original to fit who we are.  Very supportive wife who loves my car hobby. 

  2. One question, do you have an inlaw apt.?
    Wow!!! Best wishes, sounds awesome to me. I hope you can pull it off.
  3. pismopete

    pismopete Newbie

    I think this is a great idea and it really wouldn't be to hard to do. You could easily build a smoke generator that would put out plenty of smoke for the cab. The only part of the project that I would wonder about is if the hood would warp at grilling temps? Keep us informed how this project goes if you would.
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Welcome to SMF!

    That sounds like a great project!

    Looking forward to seeing it being built!


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