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  1. #1
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    Question Electric smoker ideas

    Looking for ideas on building an electric smoker out of old commerial stainless steel reach-in cooler any ideas out there? When I google anything about "electric smoker plans" I get tens of 1000's possible sites to go to. But haven't found anything good yet.

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    Alton brown used a single burner stove element with a pie pan for a smoker that way the heat could transfer to the pie pan and wet chips for smoking.

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    You should join a DIY forum, People there really helps in building projects on your own.

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    Just thought of it too. He did an episode where he used a couple of school lockers to smoke bacon cool and IIRC hot also.

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    After some research I got a propane fired smoker made by Brinkman. I think it cost around $130. As I remember. I love it. And I don't think I could build one for that kind of money.

    But seeing as you have a cooler already. Why not just get one of those propane turkey cookers and set it inside the cooler. You can get one for around $39. bucks. Then all you need is some wash basins for the wood and water pans.

    Basically that is all that I got with my store-bought smoker.

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    I've seen guys use single burner hot plates before. That way you can control the temp more easily.

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    I'll probably go with a single element hot plate and design my own thermostat to control temps. Install a low RPM fan to move the heat around. If anyone knows of any website where I can get a few more ideas please let me know. Thanks

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    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forum

    This website has a ton of info. Use the search at the top of the page or there are forum topics specific to different types of smokers.

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    Smile Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Jens152 View Post
    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forum

    This website has a ton of info. Use the search at the top of the page or there are forum topics specific to different types of smokers.
    Great site! It should answer anything I might run in to in my smoker build Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurenser View Post
    You should join a DIY forum, People there really helps in building projects on your own.
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