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Old 01-08-2010, 12:15 AM   #21
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Re: a smoker for my household

It is great following your posts, it is looking good!
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:01 AM   #22
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Got an old chum who has a vaguely similar set up on his big offset pit. The firebox and cookchamber are joined by a rectangular neck which has a flap inside of it so you can fiddle with the flow twixt the two areas. He usually builds a huge fire in the fire box then throttles back on the flapper to control the heat level. Not sure why but that configuration sure does produce a creosote flavor on the meat and aroma in the atmosphere. Me and the welder got to talking about it one time and the welder thinks what is happening is only the top layer of volatile gasses are being drawn off from the inferno in the firebox with such mixture containing all sorts of unappetizing compounds. Tastes like the meat has been cooked using rail road cross ties for the wood ration. Whutcha think?

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Old 01-10-2010, 08:51 AM   #23
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Thanks for the update. Overhead view explains a lot. Looking Good!
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:13 AM   #24
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i have determined that instead of a single middle exaust stack i am going with two stacks one at each end of cooking chamber.with the butterfly dampner doors splitting the heat and smoke exiting from the firebox and entering the chamber then the beveled heat shield continues the distribution of heat to each end (left and right ends of smoker)of chamber there by giving a good even temp thru out the whole cooking chamber.i believe a single exaust stack mounted in center on top may cause the firebox to draft straight up through the the middle of chamber between the the grate and front and back wall.hard to explain but tomorrow if weather permiting i will install some of the chamber top. and if possible start on stacks.more pics coming.thank you for your interest opinions and advice are very welcomed and greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:53 PM   #25
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here are some pics of my progress on the top of smoker.the center square hole on the top of back wall is steam kettle inlet.the exaust outlets are top center on both ends.after stacks and dampners are finished will start on double hung doors.the rain started so i rolled up for the day .
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Old 01-24-2010, 03:08 PM   #26
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Well funny you should mention this split stack deal. I tried to get the drunk welder to make my pit sorta like that. I wanted a central firebox in the middle with two uprights with stacks located one on each end. Sorta like two NB Banderas welded together at the fireboxes. Anyway the welder claimed they wouldnt draw in unison blah blah blah. So he built it the way he wanted with a few of my idears throwed in. Fortunatly he worked cheap. Let us know how it works. Looks like your already commited to the concept

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Old 01-24-2010, 06:30 PM   #27
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the rain let up and i proceeded with chamber .plenty of room to slide a pig off the fire.gonna start on hinges for the double hung doors.will hang the doors and the stacks next then the steam kettle and piping, the grates for the firebox.the last main piece to build and install will be the firebox door and vent. then at this point i am planning on setting smoker up in its permanent location where as i can start the bricking around the bottom of smoker which will be fully enclosed.overall i had a good day today with the build would like to be completed with it by spring.
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Old 01-31-2010, 03:55 PM   #28
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hinges for the pit doors
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:35 PM   #29
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these are the finished hinges for the pit.
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:51 PM   #30
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Wow you coulda fooled me. I thought it was gonna lay flat. Great idear to burn up the fat as it accumulates. Surprised mo folks dont follow that plan. That burnt grease flavor is hard to beat. Back when I had my old el cheapo Brinkmann offset I would catch the grease at the drain hole and carry it around to the other end and dump it on the fire. That give an immediate waft of very good odors. You is a very smart young man and you are real handy at the macro camera work. I tried it a few times back before my camera broke itself. I had some mixed results to say the least. Learned its a pain in the coola. Way too much manuel labor for fat lazy gringos who sweat a lot

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Old 02-02-2010, 09:42 PM   #31
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i am using my cell phone camera for the updates just hope i don't overload with too many pics.
i have been smoking meat since i was kneehigh to a grasshopper with my dad and brothers.it is one thing in this world i really enjoy.what i like more is talking with others and sharings ideas and procedures that improve the results.you cant beat a good cooking with good people and cold beer.i really appreciate the feedback and am very willing to try new ideas and suggestions for a grand bbq pit.
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Got an old chum who has a vaguely similar set up on his big offset pit. The firebox and cookchamber are joined by a rectangular neck which has a flap inside of it so you can fiddle with the flow twixt the two areas. He usually builds a huge fire in the fire box then throttles back on the flapper to control the heat level. Not sure why but that configuration sure does produce a creosote flavor on the meat and aroma in the atmosphere. Me and the welder got to talking about it one time and the welder thinks what is happening is only the top layer of volatile gasses are being drawn off from the inferno in the firebox with such mixture containing all sorts of unappetizing compounds. Tastes like the meat has been cooked using rail road cross ties for the wood ration. Whutcha think?

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i mainly cook with hickory,red oak sometimes pecan i don't put meat on until coals develope then its wet chips for smoke.
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Old 02-07-2010, 09:06 PM   #33
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i got the first set of outside doors mounted.the two center doors will have inside mounted hinges.
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:29 PM   #34
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Re: a smoker for my household

Looks good. That thang is a lot mo bigga than it looks in some of the photos. That sledge hammer sorta gave some perspective to the scale. Thanks. Neva woulda thought of inside mounted hinges. Smart thinnin.

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Old 06-05-2010, 10:58 PM   #36
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the sideways pics gave me a headache
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Old 06-06-2010, 12:44 PM   #37
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Re: a smoker for my household

Hogmeat, that's one heck of a project you got going there. I would love to do something like that if I could weld. I had a little training in the Navy in welding but it was just enough to learn that it took some real skill and time to get good at it. I did my little "J" practice with the bead and that's about as far as I got.

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Old 06-08-2010, 03:26 PM   #38
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Cool smoker, Its coming along nicely!
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more pics
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:03 AM   #40
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Re: a smoker for my household

Hogmeat, how's the pit workin? Any pics of the pit in action?
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