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Old 07-11-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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Taking up Smoking in South Dakota

Hello! I've been smoking on my gas grill for a long time now but have grown tired of temperature fluctuations, and inconsistant results. I've decided to take it to the next level and am almost done building a custom smoker. It's a cabinet style with tounge and groove knotty pine construction. I'll post some pictures when it's done.

It's great to be here. Thanks in advance for all the information here and the advice that I'm sure is yet to come.
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:54 PM   #2
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Welcome. Love them cabinet style tongue and groove knotty pine custom smokers.
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Looking forward to seeing your smoker and the food that comes off of it!
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Welcome to The Forum, good to have you here!
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I just finished the new smoker. Here are a couple of pics of the finished product and a couple of the progress along the way. I have both a double electric hot plate (1650 watts total) and a 2 burner camp stove. I think I will start out with the camp stove.



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Old 07-13-2013, 11:48 AM   #6
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I'm finally done with the smoker build. Here are a few pics of the finished product.







Now all I have to do is take it for a test smoke. I have a 2 burner electric hot plate and a 2 burner camp stove to put in the bottom. I think I will try the camp stove first. I have a 3" inlet hole at the bottom for air with a damper to control air flow and a 3" chimney with a damper also. Any advice on how to best control the air flow with on one of these?
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Beautiful! Time to load it up and try it out. What are you going to try first?
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Old 07-13-2013, 12:49 PM   #8
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Thank you very much! My daughters baptism is tomorrow so I am going to 2 center cut pork loins in it and then a have some beef back ribs for tonight. I really hope it works well.
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Looks like a nice setup.
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:23 AM   #10
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Good idea, I dont think you are going to have enough air inlet, and output for that. You may want to try a single burner, like for a replacement for a turkey fryer. You have get a low pressure or a high pressure version. This here is a great place for outdoor cooking Academy Sports + Outdoors

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Also to keep your smoker from burning you may want to get some fireproof tiles, or bricks to insulate the wood from damage.
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