why so big? I need a small smoker

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by 1961shasta, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. 1961shasta

    1961shasta Fire Starter

    I just found this forum and the thread with lots of smoker builds. I noticed most all are quite big. It's just me and the wife now (kids have moved out). and I would like to build a smoker but I also would like it smaller and easy to move around or load up for camping if I want. Why are most so large? the most I could see myself doing is maybe 2 racks or ribs. I have a 100 pound propane tank I am considering cutting down so that it is about 32 inches long and add the fire box on the side, that will give me about a 30x13.5 inches of cooking space. Is there a problem with this plan. I would like to make it a reverse flow water smoker. (still looking at designs for that). any input or good information links would be appreciated.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2016
  2. smokinal

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

    I don't see any problem with it. Why build & maintain a big fire if your only smoking 1 rack of ribs for you & your wife.

    I'm in the same boat, so I have all 3 sizes of WSM. Sometimes the little one is all we need.

  3. I would agree. When we aren't having a bunch of people over I use either a kettle or a small vertical.
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  5. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Go for it. If you think it will do what you need, that's the one for you.:grilling_smilie:

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