No good BBQ in Colorado?! Time to make my own.

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by nnamssorxela, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. nnamssorxela

    nnamssorxela Newbie

    Hi y'all,

    I've just recently moved out to Colorado from South Carolina which meant leaving my favorite BBQ joints behind. I've been to a couple "bbq" places out here, but it just isn't the same. I decided this would be a great time to build a smoker and start making my own bbq, as I've wanted to do that for a while now, I just have no idea where to start.

    After a little research, I think an electric smoker will be a great place to start, so I joined this forum to get advice on what sort of components to use.

  2. Where are you located in Colorado?
  3. There are a couple of decent ones around....depending on what part of town you are in....welcome to the forum...great place to learn...
  4. If you are near colorado springs try out bird dog bbq.
  5. nnamssorxela

    nnamssorxela Newbie

    Thanks for the quick replies! I'm in fort collins, but I have tried bird dog and wasn't a big fan. I enjoy projects and building things, so I'll probably give the diy smoker a go, but I'm not sure if I'm going to lose a lot of money purchasing the elements, pid, etc. versus buying a smoker used or even new. Being that I'm new to the whole experience I like the idea of a "self monitoring" smoker with an electric element and thermostat so I don't always have to tend to it. I think it will also have me using it more.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2014
  6. May be able to pick up something pretty good used...know I saw a Lang 60 used on Craigslist, but it isn't set and forget.  Yoder is a good pellet smoker that meets your criteria except for being inexpensive.  You could make a mini UDS for pretty cheap and they are supposed to work well and don't need a lot of attention.  Lots of options out there for you, good luck deciding.  If you happen to be on the south end of DTC (Arapahoe and I25), give Yabo's a try.
  7. nnamssorxela

    nnamssorxela Newbie

    Thanks again for the input. A mini uds is essentially what I was thinking of, but using an electric element with automatic temp control. I have what I would call equivalent to a 16gal drum, but it is steel maybe 2mm thick so it should hold the heat well. I'll do some more research, put together a plan, then hopefully you more knowledgeable folks can help fine tune my ideas.
  8. [​IMG]   Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a cooling down East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about                  everything

  9. nnamssorxela

    nnamssorxela Newbie

    Well before I jump into any sort of sub-forum I have some pretty basic questions. I've been trying to find the basic "anatomy" of an upright smoker (or maybe I want to turn it on it's side and go reverse flow?) I've seen lots of different techniques on the 'ole google search; heat source on bottom, wood, then water, then meat etc, then there is the wood water combo, wood straight on the heat source and the list goes on.

    I was hoping I could get the basic smoker built as a charcoal/wood burning smoker, and when I feel like dropping the cash on the element and supporting ancillaries, just "dropping them" in.

    Any suggestions?
  10. nnamssorxela

    nnamssorxela Newbie

    I have a couple more basic questions. I'm thinking of holding off on the electric portion of the smoker and just getting the thing working on charcoal/wood first. I'm trying to figure out if I want 2 doors on the side (smaller on the bottom 1/3 for tending the fire, and water tray if used, and then a larger door for placement of meat), or just the smaller door for tending, and then cutting the top off for a lid instead of the large door. It seems like a lid would seal itself up pretty well, but a door will need "sills" and seals to keep the air out.

    Besides that, I'll probably weld a few threaded bungs on the bottom for vents/valves and do the same up top, maybe with a sliding cover, add some trays/racks, then get to smoking!
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2014
  11. nnamssorxela

    nnamssorxela Newbie

    Well, things spiraled out of control and I ended up purchasing a MES. Smoked some butt last weekend, and I have one in there now.

    Couldn't be happier.


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