Smoker build

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  1. Greenstick

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    Might have come across an old upright freezer and am tempted to turn it into a smoker. Depending on what it looks like inside shapewise, I'm thinking on using a fish frier propane burner. Beyond that, I've never built a smoker or run one. What tips or tricks can you give me design or use wise.
     
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    sorry got nothing other than the plastic prolly melt unless it was used strictly for cold smoking.

    the best cooker/smoker on a budget is build an ugly drum.
     
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    Tell me more.......
     
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    55 gal drum...roll a fire basket out of expanded metal...weld some bolts or something on the basket for feet i also welded a bail on it...used a $4 pizza pan for an ash catch...put whatever style intake vent(s) you want on the bottom and get a cover from a 22" weber or knock off...i welded some 5/16" nuts inside the drum for bolts to support the grates that way the drum is not drilled full of holes...your gonna need a heat deflector too that can be fabbed out of 1/8 or find something you can repurpose....i put my first grate 8" down..2nd grate 14" down and deflector21-22" down dependin on how tall your fire basked ends up .....any questions just ask.. 20140907_100155.jpg
     
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    This cooker is at the end of its life,but no problem...just get another drum and reuse everything...I've done this 3 times so far with the same components ...here's a pic of the nuts I welded in thats my heat deflector i forgot what exactly it was but i welded 4 tabs on it to catch the support bolts...that was a proto type since then i just burn them out(heat deflector) with the plasma 20210329_155707.jpg
     
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    here im on generator during big power outage 20141130_114318.jpg
     
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    I thought solar was the answer....
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    Nice build Skeeter! :yes:
     
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    my other setup is solar.....and the ugly drum can be run via natural draft....i was just using the stoker in that photo
     
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    Cool. :yes:
    Oh, and thanks for raining on the parade....:rofl: :lol:
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    i wasnt notified of any parade? who is in it?
     
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    Why, ol’ “ SKEETER McCLUSKEY - smokin’ meats extravaganza!” of course!!!
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    :handshake:
     
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    no,no,no....i need to stay under the radar...somebody needs to take my place
     
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    Fail.
    :rofl: :lol::rofl: :lol::rofl: :lol:
     
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    There's that old nutella mascot!



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    Oh no you dint. :rofl: :lol:
     
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    Um, yeah, think its a little late for that!
     
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