Joined: 12/7/2009Actually I got lucky last night. A guy responded to my want ad on Craig’s List, and I got a burner, stand, hose and reg. for $10. Only problem is the reg. is 10psi. Looked at Home Depot, they didn’t have anything but a replacement reg. with a 2′ hose. And on none of the packaging did it say the pressure of the reg. Guess I hit up my friend Google and see what happens there.
Joined: 11/3/2009I was so intrigued when reading this sticky that I completly forgot I was making soup and burnt the entire batch to a crisp….is that a bad sign???…maybe I should stay away from the smoker idea…
:^O I was so intrigued when reading this sticky that I completly forgot I was making soup and burnt the entire batch to a crisp….is that a bad sign???…maybe I should stay away from the smoker idea…
Build the smoker and stay away from the oven!
I think just about any hardware store sells the 1/2 psi regulators. Like I mentioned earlier, try to find the adjustable ones, you’ll pretty much have to max out the pressure if you find one of those kind. It’s pretty simple, remove the big plastic nut on top and screw it in further.Are you using marine grade plywood on your smoker or just regular finished one side plywood.
Nice plansI went to lowes and they said I needed marine plywood. is that what u used?
great smoker.I just used AC plywood from my local lumberyard.
The marine grade is quite spendy by the looks of it, but it is very impervious to moisture, so it may be a viable choice for using in a smoker construction.I figured the guy was trying to get me to buy something more expensive. How messy does the bottom of the smoker get and how do you keep it clean. Have you ever thought of lining the inside with sheet metal like aluminum or stainless. Can you use aluminum? Is it safe?
Sorry for all the questions. I’m still a newbie. I have made one out of a drum but want something bigger and this looks great.
Thanks for the quick reply.
BrianThe only thing that makes a mess when I smoke is when I smoke salmon or hams, but I line the bottom with tin foil and then I just toss it when I am done. When smoking sausages and running the smoker at 180 degrees or so, dripping is not a problem. If it is, the temp is too high or you are smoking way too long, in my opinion. There is no reason to run a smoker over 200 degrees.I have got everything to put this together tomorrow. I have a couple of questions,
I didn’t realize that one of the vents you had was a 4 X10. I bought two 2X10 instead. Will this be OK. Also is there anything else I need to know like do i test smoke with it empty to season it and for how long.
BrianI have read that the glue in plywood can cause harmful fumes. I want to be able to get this to at least 240- 250 without posing my family or friends..
ThanksThe vents you bought should work just fine.
Do your own research on the glue question, it is up for debate. And I don’t have undisputable answers.
I test ran my smoker at 250 or so for a couple of hours with smoke billowing out of it. Does that help? I don’t know. I just figured in my mind it would do some good.Well I finished it today and I have to say that for someone with no wood working experience I did a pretty good job. My door got a little off on the straight cut but for a first build I think it is ok. Thanks for the great plans! If I can dot this than anyone can. I will post pics later of the unit.
Thanks again for all the help!!!
BrianThe only thing I get out of my burner is a tall yellow flame. No matter what I do I cant get a small blue flame or even a small yellow flame. I have A orifice going into a 90 then into the burner. I have a 1/2 psi regulator. Do I need to change around and put the orifice into the burner with out a 90 degree fitting. I bought the replacement orifice at the hardware store due to the other one getting messed up during basing it together. Please let me know as soon as you can I am sending a picture.If your orifice is even slightly wrong in size, which I am betting it is if you replaced the original, you will have problems getting your crisp blue flame.
The fittings should be fine, I have used them also.Something about that 90 degree was keeping the orifice from breathing. I removed it and everything is working fine. I am now smoking it for a couple hours just to do it.
Thanks for all your help!!!
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