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Old 05-04-2006, 05:30 PM   #1
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custom pit question

i am looking into having a pit built. It will be 2 55 gallon drums end to end.

do you guys think a chargriller side fire box would provide enough heat for that much space ?
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Old 05-04-2006, 07:51 PM   #2
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I'm not sure about the firebox. It seems that most of the fireboxes I've seen on a 6 or 7 foot smoker are about 20X20. Ask Woodman what size his firebox is.

I made a double barrel smoker a few years back. I never really learned to cook on it. I think I could do it now since learning about these BBQ forums.

Here is pictures of it.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cleglue/doublebarrel/
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Old 05-04-2006, 07:51 PM   #3
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With my experience, I don't think that would be enough.
I have a Char Griller, and it barely heats up the small chamber.
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Old 05-04-2006, 08:56 PM   #4
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If I was you I would go with a larger firebox like 20x20 or 24x24. It will make you life easyer in maintaing the fire. And I do not think the will be big enough to heat that pit.


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Old 05-04-2006, 08:57 PM   #5
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Putting 2 drums end to end is quite a large space to heat evenly. A third barrel, offset, would supply better heat and allow you to burn big sticks of wood. Either that or place the 3rd one behind the other two to supply heat from the rear.
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Old 05-04-2006, 09:43 PM   #6
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Where can you get instructions for building barrel smokers? Someone in town sells used barrels for $10 each. I now they must be cleaned and burned prior to cooking with, but is that a good price. Might pick up a couple just to fool with for fun. If noting else I'd put 2 end-to-end an make a grill for large hamburger cooks.
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Where can you get instructions for building barrel smokers? Someone in town sells used barrels for $10 each. I now they must be cleaned and burned prior to cooking with, but is that a good price. Might pick up a couple just to fool with for fun. If noting else I'd put 2 end-to-end an make a grill for large hamburger cooks.

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http://www.thesmokering.com/pits/metalp ... efault.jsp
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Old 05-05-2006, 01:12 PM   #8
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Here is a thread from last year on the double barrel smokers

This Thread

Here is the link of another smoker.
Big Smokey Design http://www.mikesell.net/smoker/
actually cited in the above post.

Edit here.

If I built another one I would put my exhaust vent on the side at grate level opposite the side that the heat comes up from the fire box.
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its gonna be 2 end to end not stacked

i think i will just get him to make a box for the side as well

im not sure if he knows alot about pits, hes just making grills and i asked if he could make one bigger and he said he could put 2 together. thats when i started thinking about a side fire box

what guage metal should the sfb be?

he said the drums he has had fish oil stored in it
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Old 05-05-2006, 10:32 PM   #10
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My drums had motor oil it them. I just cleaned them out well, then burned them out after building the smoker. I didn't taste any bad stuff...and I'm still alive.
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The thicker the steel the longer the firebox will last. I believe most custom pits use 1/4 inch steel.
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Those double barrel plans with the heat barrel below always looked interesting some plans at www.azbbqa.com
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Here is the most detailed info on dbs that I have run across. Two barrels end to end will be a monster to manuver. Judging from GH's pics it seems that there is nothing that can't be cooked to perfection on a DB smoker. That is were I am headed.


http://www.mtwnet.com/gallery/smoker?page=1
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Cliff,

That really is a good site. I wish I had seem that site when I had built mine.
Mine is in need of serious repairs. That is why I bought a bar-B-Chef and now a WSM all since December.
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Old 05-14-2006, 09:51 AM   #16
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Re: custom pit question

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i am looking into having a pit built. It will be 2 55 gallon drums end to end.

do you guys think a chargriller side fire box would provide enough heat for that much space ?

I have one now done that way with one barrel it heats up to 300 degrees very well and keeps the heat . I just got a deal on 2- 55 gallon steel drums withh add the same firebox and chimmney on oposite side of the smoker , works for me . I use regular Kingsford charcole and wood in tandem .
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