It ain't pretty, but it was free!

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by burrito, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. burrito

    burrito Newbie

    Got me a new smoker. It was from our hunting lease. I asked the guy we're leasing from if he cared about keeping it. He said no, take it. It was pretty ugly. It had been painted silver, but surface rust on the bottom half. The firebox was nothing but rust color. I grabbed me 2 cans of high heat black grill paint and went to town. Need to go back and do a second coat, when it's not raining or windy. I used it 3 times while it was at the lease. 2 packer briskets, and 1 rack of spareribs. It did well. Fire control was a bit of an issue, because the firebox door does not shut unless you wedge a stick between the door and the ground. Not hard though, once I learned. At first I was just leaving it slightly open, but that was causing the firebox to not hold heat, and the fire to burn up quickly. Anyways, take a look. Tell me what you think. Notice that inside the pit, there is a platform on the right half, which helps deflect the direct heat from the firebox. I've also used it to build a fire on when grilling. Another plus, the cylinder part of the pit is 3/8" thick and the sides are 1/4" thick. About gave me, my dad, and brother a hernia trying to load it in the pickup.
  2. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice is always good!![​IMG]
  3. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i like free good find
  4. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice score! Not only a GREAT price, but that thing don't look bad at all!
  5. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I likes it! [​IMG]
  6. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice score! Can't wait to see it in action. [​IMG]
  7. fishawn

    fishawn Smoking Fanatic

    Sweet, looks great. I have that same grill brush, they are awsome!
  8. Free is the best price. You should name her freeda.
  9. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Burrito, that's one heck of a cool smoker. Just for the steel-thickness it was worth jumping on...But, that cool pulley system lid-rig takes the prize! Well done!
  10. aireeek

    aireeek Newbie

    Free == Love!! Nice job Burrito!! Many good smokes to ya!!

  11. bbq engineer

    bbq engineer Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    SCORE! If it's free, it's me!

  12. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on your new smoker. Looking forward to seeing it operate.
  13. dirtman775

    dirtman775 Smoking Fanatic

    if it's free it's for me!!!! and i'll take good going very nice score!!!
  14. the iceman

    the iceman Smoking Fanatic

    Yep, you were right. It is one ugly MF.(sorry 'bout that) But hey, if it smokes, thats all that counts. [​IMG]
  15. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Free smoker, can't beat that. Nice score, congrats.
  16. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks like you've got a worthy project my friend. it's all good.
  17. pinkmeat

    pinkmeat Smoking Fanatic

    That's pretty cool man. At least it has a generously sized firebox, which seems to be a shortcoming on some horizontals.
  18. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    free is always good, I would probably have to do something about the legs or make it a built in with some field stone or bricks.
  19. cman95

    cman95 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick!![​IMG] Really that is nice, I hope you enjoy your new toy.
  20. bman62526

    bman62526 Smoking Fanatic

    Hell yeah! Free is my favorite four letter word. A little TLC on the firebox door and it sounds like you're in business.

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