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    Building a smoker

    Man when did this forum begin. I haven't been on here for awhile, been really busy. Anything interesting happen in the past few weeks?

    Anyway I'm going to build a smoker. I have a 4' x 6' trailer that was given to me. That's about all I have right now. Not sure if I should make it just wood burning or LP. I am looking for a large propane tank to make the cooker out of. I am looking for ideas or any helpful info from others. I've never built one or cooked on one.
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    With that avatar I though you were saying

    "Building a Stroker"
    "Correct Installation is the Key"

    .1 has killed more HX then Rush Limbaugh

    What is your TESP?

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    Put the fire box towards the back of the trailer so when its cleaning time you can lift it by the touge and all the ashes can fall out.
    Other then that there is no bad design give it plenty of air and a tight seal and eveything will be fine
    I remember my first day,It was fun!

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    DO NOT USE AN LP TANK!!!!! Use an old fuel oil tank. A guy in Siler City tried using an old LP tank, they're still looking for some of the pieces. LP can embed in the metal, even if you wash it out with water, when you go to cut it, first spark makes a big boom. Not good eats

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    One thing I'll say....when you pipe the smoke box into the smoker, run the pipe across entire length like a duct, so smoke is evenly distributed,with a few cut-outs, instead of just piped in one side.
    If everything was always done "by the book"....the book would never change.

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    You can use a LP tank you just need to be safe and fill it with water and dish soap and let it sit over night and repeat 2 more times. DO NOT use a fuel oil tank as you will never burn off all residue in the tank and the last think you want to do is make somebody sick from your food. Aother Great choice instead of a LP tank is a Air Compressor tank. You need to know what you want (Offset, offset reverse flow ect...) when cutting your doors out of the tank dont do it all at once so you dont warp the steel, cut the majority of it but leave the corners uncut and 2 spots in the middle on the top and bottom. and plan ahead so you dont have to do it twice if you want pics or have questions feel free to e mail me or go here: http://www.barbecuenews.com/forum/default.asp?CAT_ID=3
    Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trey r View Post
    Man when did this forum begin. I haven't been on here for awhile, been really busy. Anything interesting happen in the past few weeks?

    Anyway I'm going to build a smoker. I have a 4' x 6' trailer that was given to me. That's about all I have right now. Not sure if I should make it just wood burning or LP. I am looking for a large propane tank to make the cooker out of. I am looking for ideas or any helpful info from others. I've never built one or cooked on one.
    check here http://www.bbq-brethren.com

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    Could you hook your vac.pump up to an lp tank and let it draw for a day or two and be safe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpw23 View Post
    Could you hook your vac.pump up to an lp tank and let it draw for a day or two and be safe?
    I dont think my vac pump is safe for explosive gasses and I never ran a pump for more then 8 hours so I dont know.
    I can say that after about 2 hours the pump is very hot to the touch.
    I remember my first day,It was fun!

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    . stupid computer.
    Last edited by Green Mountain; 06-06-2007 at 09:57 AM.

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    Funny I just got back from a customer that makes smoked cheese commercially. Now I'll be hungry all morning.
    http://www.mountainmozzarella.com/

    What he does is uses cold smoke so the cheese don't melt. He uses a little box and sucks cold air from his W/I cooler through a 4" duct. The duct and in line fan is attached to a box with an electric heater in it. This keeps the maple chips smoldering. The cold smoke then goes into a chamber over the cheese and then vents to the atmosphere.

    I just came back from giving him a price to expand his operation.
    Last edited by Green Mountain; 06-06-2007 at 09:57 AM.

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    You guys get all the good cheese. Only cheese made here is Queso Mexican Cheeze.

    That stuff that melts real nice and white and not as rubbery as mozzerella.
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    Texas. BIG Boy grill

    Quote Originally Posted by trey r View Post
    Man when did this forum begin. I haven't been on here for awhile, been really busy. Anything interesting happen in the past few weeks?

    Anyway I'm going to build a smoker. I have a 4' x 6' trailer that was given to me. That's about all I have right now. Not sure if I should make it just wood burning or LP. I am looking for a large propane tank to make the cooker out of. I am looking for ideas or any helpful info from others. I've never built one or cooked on one.
    I would suggest that you build a firebox in front,then take measurements of center of tank drill 1/2 hole pipe thread it, then make and estimate of how big of doors you want to cut into side, then cut out, after you trim the hole you cut out with iron about 2" so that when you close lid makes nice secure lip. We took 3" pipe up 48" with sliding cap right or left. Also we have drain valve at bottom with 1" ball valve we put water in the bottom when smoking.

    I will try and get some shot of the smoker this weekend and post them.

    Have had 6 briskets 2 chickens and 4 racks of ribs and links all cooking at once on this smoker with 36x24 firebox on front of trailor.About 10 years old now.
    "Everyday above ground, is a good day".
    "But everyday that you have made a difference in someones life, may insure you stay above ground a little longer".<aircooled>

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