Smoker building plans

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by 13spicerub, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. 13spicerub

    13spicerub Meat Mopper

    my buddy has been union welder for a few years now, getting all kinds of certification and what not. He said he'd be more than willing to build me a smoker.

    anyone know a good place to get plans?

    i was thinking getting a 55-gallon drum and taking it from there but if anyone has plans using sheet metal, cast-iron, stainless, or other materials, can you send em my way?
  2. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If you have a willing welding hero, I'd go bigger than a 55 gallon drum. First, you'll find that it is as big as you are thinking, and the wall thickness isn't all that great for a long term cooker. I'd look around for an old fuel tank, or propane tank. I'm guessing your buddy probably has connections to a metal scrap yard. I'd start there.
  3. placebo

    placebo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  4. woodruff

    woodruff Fire Starter

    13spice, just my oppinion friend, but i would go ahead and biuld it out of sheet metal or sheet aluminum, definately build an inner box and outter box and insulate the middle well, this will help you tons in the temp control area, as far as plans , let your imagination run , make something you like , but think things through before starting, my black jack electric smoker is hand made,and made well, but i have already found things to do differently when i make my own, hope this help friend
  5. bustedluckbarbq

    bustedluckbarbq Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  6. peculiarmike

    peculiarmike Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Go here -

    For $14.95 (includes shipping) you can order a CD that has detailed plans and a wealth of information to build smokers from propane tanks, pipe, etc. Plus you get a BUNCH of recipes.
    I'm building one from a propane tank as we speak using this CD.
  7. I bought the CD and here is what I built from it
  8. I just wanted to say to anybody on a budget that wants to build their own smoker, find and old washing machine. I had one that we were getting rid of and decided I would recycle it and use it to cook with. I ripped the insides out and was left with a big box. I purchase a side firebox made for a smoker grill. With a hole cut in the side of the washing machine I bolted the fire box to the side of the washer. I cut a hole in towards the top of the washer for the vent. I drilled some holes and put some bolts in to hold the grate. It works very well. And the original washer lid is easy to open and close to get in and out to check the meats.
  9. jbchoice1

    jbchoice1 Smoking Fanatic


    that's not thin or blue :)

    I'm making one out of a dishwasher...
  10. jbchoice1

    jbchoice1 Smoking Fanatic

    like the smoker schultzy... very nice
  11. davidmcg

    davidmcg Meat Mopper

    I would sure like to see some photo's of the washing machine and dishwasher.
  12. duck killer 1

    duck killer 1 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

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