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  • September 10, 2006 at 5:11 am #504586 Back to Top REPORT
    richp
    RichP

    Joined: 3/18/2006
    Here’s a picture of the diffuser being centered with the burner air intake.

    And a diffuser on top of the smoker to be used as a vent and to control heat.

    I believe that one is a 2 1/4″ x 10″, but about any size will do. It beats trying to come up with some fancy chimney like I have done in the past, and it works great.

    I’m trying to speed this up with a few pictures.

    The catch to hold the bottom door shut:

    A couple of dowels to hang meat on:

    And a rack to lay meat on:

    September 10, 2006 at 5:18 am #504587 Back to Top REPORT
    rickym
    RickyM


    Joined: 8/4/2004
    Man that is GREAT! Thanks for taking the time to do this for us. =D/>” title=”Applause” />  <img src=
    September 10, 2006 at 5:20 am #504588 Back to Top REPORT
    richp
    RichP

    Joined: 3/18/2006
    Looking down at the burner:

    My pan for wood chips and a cover to slow the burning:

    A lip glued in to keep the door from going beyond closed:

    September 10, 2006 at 5:29 am #504589 Back to Top REPORT
    richp
    RichP

    Joined: 3/18/2006
    Two thermometers every smoker needs to have:

    The smaller one is for probing the meat, such as summer sausage or turkey, to make sure it is cooked thoroughly.

    The bigger one is for monitoring the smoker temperature. I like the 4″ dial, I can see it out my window and don’t even have to hardly get off the couch to see it.

    Another nice addition, wheels! Everyone needs wheels, right? I store my smoker in the garage, and then wheel it outside when I want to use it. It’s just safer that way.

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    September 10, 2006 at 5:38 am #504590 Back to Top REPORT
    richp
    RichP

    Joined: 3/18/2006
    Well folks, I think I’ve about covered all I know to share at the moment, and if you have any questions or I wasn’t clear on something, just let me know. If the task looks daunting, it really isn’t. If you do woodworking or have a friend that does, it is a snap. I typically take about 6 hours to do one of these from start to finish, so it isn’t that tough.

    Looking back, I forgot to mention, the thermometer for monitoring the smoker temp can be installed about anywhere. Just drill yourself a 1/4″ hole wherever you want it, but keep it in the upper portion of the smoker as that is where the majority of the heat will be. I put mine in the side. The thermometer cost me about $35.00 so when I’m not using it, I store it in the house where I know it will not get messed with.

    I have some information on where to buy the burners and thermometers pretty reasonably, I will look for that information and post it if anyone is interested. I know at one time I kept track of how much I stuck into one of these units, and it was right around that $200 mark. Not bad considering what you can do with it, which is just about anything.

    One more thing: This smoker is made of wood. Wood burns if it gets too hot. [/i:3a6sykx7]I’ve been using one of these for 10+ years, and I have never had a problem. But you need to know what you are doing. So keep that in mind, ok? My brother-in-law actually took his temp up to 350 degrees and it held together. I don’t go over 210 degrees. Ever. It’s just not necessary. So I’m telling you, if you build one use it responsibly. Mine works great, it has had hundreds of pounds of meat through it, and it is going to last me a long long time.

    September 10, 2006 at 2:42 pm #504591 Back to Top REPORT
    bow4life
    bow4life


    Joined: 8/17/2004
    Rich, thanks for the pics, the detailed instructions, and all the tips throughout the project. I used home built smokers for a long time and finally broke down and bought one last year but I see myself building yours this winter, it looks great. The peek into your shop also reveals a great looking woodshop, the cabinets and the smoker tell us you’re quite an accomplished woodworker. With the help and pics you provided I have no doubt that anyone will be able to build one themselves. Thank You for sharing. The link I’ve added is a great source for sausage and smoking supplies. It’s a local place and I get most of my spices and seasonings there. [=}=]

    http://www.sausagemaker.com/

    September 10, 2006 at 3:12 pm #504592 Back to Top REPORT



    Joined: 5/24/2004
    Great post! This one will be a big search item :thumbup
    September 10, 2006 at 5:58 pm #504593 Back to Top REPORT
    808xt
    808XT

    Joined: 2/8/2006
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    Rich, thanks for the pics, the detailed instructions, and all the tips throughout the project. I used home built smokers for a long time and finally broke down and bought one last year but I see myself building yours this winter, it looks great. The peek into your shop also reveals a great looking woodshop, the cabinets and the smoker tell us you’re quite an accomplished woodworker. With the help and pics you provided I have no doubt that anyone will be able to build one themselves. Thank You for sharing. The link I’ve added is a great source for sausage and smoking supplies. It’s a local place and I get most of my spices and seasonings there. [=}=]

    http://www.sausagemaker.com/[/quote:35gmmz3i]

    :agree :agree :agree Great post. =D/>” title=”Applause” />  <img src=

    September 10, 2006 at 7:35 pm #504594 Back to Top REPORT
    bowhunter-69
    Bowhunter-69

    Joined: 1/14/2006
    The only thing missing

    Your own label.

    That’s a pretty fine carpentry job.

    Many thanks for the great pics and post.

    I can see many guys getting ouit the tools and lumber…

    Chas

    September 11, 2006 at 12:56 am #504595 Back to Top REPORT
    jcbjr
    JCBJR

    Joined: 2/6/2006
    Nice looking smoker you got there. Thanks for the tips .
    September 11, 2006 at 1:01 am #504596 Back to Top REPORT
    ironmaiden
    IRONMAIDEN

    Joined: 9/27/2005
    exellent job rich =D/>” title=”Applause” />  <img src= im actually gonna try this this winter, im printing as we speak :hugs
    September 11, 2006 at 1:04 am #504597 Back to Top REPORT



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    Thank you for posting that, and the work involved. :thumbup
    September 11, 2006 at 2:34 am #504598 Back to Top REPORT
    rem270
    Rem270

    Age: 43
    Joined: 2/2/2005
    You put a lot of work into the post and plans thanks =D/>” title=”Applause” />  <img src=
    September 12, 2006 at 1:25 am #504599 Back to Top REPORT
    richp
    RichP

    Joined: 3/18/2006
    You’re welcome, everybody. I hope you all build one, you won’t believe how easy it is to control the heat in one of these. And you can smoke about anything from summer sausage to turkeys to jerky.

    I used my first one for about 8 years and the inside of it was pitch black, and a friend talked me out of it and he has been using it for at least 2-3 years. It gave me a chance to build another and I started this quest to make them look nice. I’ve probably made about a dozen of them so far for others.

    I was getting the burners from the factory, they are rejects that come back. Out of the dozen I have bought I have yet to find one that had anything wrong with it. And they were costing me less than $30, I think. It’s been a while, so I will see if they are still available and post a number if anyone needs it.

    Anyway, good luck if you decide to build one, and just pm me if you have any questions.

    September 12, 2006 at 1:49 am #504600 Back to Top REPORT



    Joined: 5/24/2004
    STICKY! =D/>” title=”Applause” />  <img src=
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