Location: OhioAwesome…thanks for the postAll We Do Is SELFILMED
Joined: 5/16/2006Excellent Info!
Now I know what to do with that turkey fryer burner that I never use.all i got to say buddy is ur a heck of a woodsman, mind building me a new house at a good mathews buddy discount lolThe first page of this thread shows the racks I use for laying strip jerky on. Well, not any more!
My dear wife hated cleaning the racks, they are way too big for the sink, and meat sticks to them something fierce. Just a pain all the way around to clean when you are finished with them. And to top it off, it took all of four racks just to hold around 15# of meat.
Well, get a load of this! Go to Walmart and buy yourself some skewers. I think they are 18″ long, and you get four in a pack for $1.69. (I think, I didn’t make the actual purchase lately, we had a bunch of these laying around for grilling.)
Here is a picture of the skewers holding over 10# of meat, they hardly take up any space and I could easily add another level or two in the smoker. And it took all of three minutes to have them all cleaned up!
If you are looking at making some strip jerky in a smoker, give it a try, I think you will like it too.i have had my eye out for an old school refer to turn into a smoker, but avacodo green just isn’t my color. liking your idea for sure, thanksI’m the FNG around here but and don’t post much, but I have to jump in and say if I never get anything else out of this forum, this is worth it.Great to hear!
So, has anybody built one of these yet??
I cut the hose and regulator off the burner and chuck it in the garbage. The regulator that comes with a turkey fryer is a 5# regulator, and it is way too high for what we are doing here. It may be fine if you want to use it and know that you are the ONLY person that will ever use the smoker. But let someone else use it that doesn’t know any better and there is going to be a fire. They just throw out too much flame.
Ok, so you cut the hose off, and now you just have this little barb fitting sticking out of the burner. I had one of these little fittings brazed on the barbed fitting. It is 1/8 x 1/4, both ends female thread. Sorry, I don’t know what they are called. The 1/8″ fitting butts up to the barb end on the burner pretty good, and any guy with a torch can braze them together. We all have those kind of friends, right?
Now you can take the remaining small panel you cut off earlier and mount it in the smoker and it will hold the burner. Here is what it will look like.
That would be a Bell Reducer… Brass, I would imagine?
Oh, and Great post! This is on my winter project list!!
Joined: 2/20/2006I will have to show this to my brother-n-law. Think we might have to make one.Just saw this. That’s excellent… I have a Bradley smoker, which was too expensive and ended up being too small. I think I’ll sell it and use the proceeds to build one of those.
Thanks for the effort put forth to post this.
RonActually I have a question… Do you use any kind of drip pan or anything ? When I cure and smoke turkeys they generate a fair amount of moisture that, if soaked into wood, could create a bit of a ‘biology experiment’ in the bottom.
Again, thanks for the effort in posing this.
When I smoke something like salmon or turkeys that like to drip, I just line the bottom with tin foil, which is easily removable when you are done smoking. Cheap solution and it works great. And I keep the pan over the burner at all times, whether I am smoking with wood or just heating, it keeps the burner clean.
Good luck if you build one, you won’t regret it.
RichYour smoker is awesome. I decided to make one as well, but i have a few questions about the internal workings of the smoker. What regulator did you use? I have been looking around for the one in the picture but cannot find it. Do you have a model number? Do you have a place online to buy it? Thanks for any help you can offer. I would hate to have it get too hot with the wrong regulator.
I have the smoker built and ready to go minus the regulator.
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