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Homemade smoker

Postby Jansonbbq » Wed Jun 22, 2022 4:59 pm

New to the forum here. I bought this whole setup from a person for $600 as I think it was well worth the price. It’s a 250 gallon propane tank with 1/4 in thick walls and door. It was originally a propane, then they added the firebox to the back with 3 stacks on left right and center. Never seen this design. I have a few stick burner offsets, yet, have never seen a stick burner like this. If it doesn’t work, I hope to modify it to my likings, however, I would like to try it out. Do you guys think it’ll work good, or was it a waste and require lots of modifications? Any knowledgeable reply would be appreciated, thanks.
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Re: Homemade smoker

Postby OldUsedParts » Wed Jun 22, 2022 5:24 pm

I've never done any stick burning but there are several members here that are "avid" in the System and I'll just bet they give you an approval rating on this purchase. Once you tweek it to your specs it should be a well invested Pit. :tup: :wav: :chef: :cheers: :salut:
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Postby OldUsedParts » Wed Jun 22, 2022 5:25 pm

"OH !" WELCOME TO THE FORUM !
I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country—Victory or Death. William Barret Travis - Lt. Col. comdt "The Alamo"
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Re: Homemade smoker

Postby Jansonbbq » Wed Jun 22, 2022 5:48 pm

OldUsedParts wrote:I've never done any stick burning but there are several members here that are "avid" in the System and I'll just bet they give you an approval rating on this purchase. Once you tweek it to your specs it should be a well invested Pit. :tup: :wav: :chef: :cheers: :salut:



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Re: Homemade smoker

Postby Jansonbbq » Wed Jun 22, 2022 5:48 pm

OldUsedParts wrote:"OH !" WELCOME TO THE FORUM !

Thanks so much!


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Postby Jansonbbq » Wed Jun 22, 2022 5:49 pm

Thank you!


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Re: Homemade smoker

Postby Jansonbbq » Wed Jun 22, 2022 5:51 pm

OldUsedParts wrote:"OH !" WELCOME TO THE FORUM !

Thank you!
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Postby Jansonbbq » Wed Jun 22, 2022 5:57 pm

OldUsedParts wrote:"OH !" WELCOME TO THE FORUM !

Thank you


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Re: Homemade smoker

Postby Rambo » Wed Jun 22, 2022 9:35 pm

The trailer is worth a couple of hundred bucks by itself. We have some members here that can critique the design in a positive way if they catch the thread. Looks good to me. I’ve got an old, old, Lyfetyme
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Re: Homemade smoker

Postby Bockbock » Thu Jun 23, 2022 6:50 am

If it was mine, I would remove the stacks and the pipe from the firebox and weld a cover for the holes. Then I would make it into a traditional stick burner with the firebox on one end and a big stack on the other. It has great bones, and could turn into something really nice. I am not sure how it gets enough heat/smoke from the little pipe coming out of the firebox to the pit. Just my thoughts. I am sure KAM will tell you the real scoop. You have a great start to a great pit. Congrats.
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Re: Homemade smoker

Postby k.a.m. » Thu Jun 23, 2022 8:16 am

The design is somewhat based off of a Diamond plate from years past.
Does the chamber have a deflector shield above the connecting pipes?
Being partial to mechanical weights on the doors I love them!
Before I made any mods I would fire it up with a nice coal base and see what the actual grate temps are plus how much fuel does it eat in its current set up.
Once the tests are done then you can figure out what mods if any need to be done.
Always remember slow and steady wins the race.



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Re: Homemade smoker

Postby Jansonbbq » Thu Jun 23, 2022 8:50 am

k.a.m. wrote:The design is somewhat based off of a Diamond plate from years past.
Does the chamber have a deflector shield above the connecting pipes?
Being partial to mechanical weights on the doors I love them!
Before I made any mods I would fire it up with a nice coal base and see what the actual grate temps are plus how much fuel does it eat in its current set up.
Once the tests are done then you can figure out what mods if any need to be done.

Thank you. And I’m not sure about deflector shield to be honest. I’ll check it out. I also need to get an infrared thermometer to check the grate temp, right?
Appreciate the reply


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Re: Homemade smoker

Postby Jansonbbq » Thu Jun 23, 2022 8:51 am

Bockbock wrote:If it was mine, I would remove the stacks and the pipe from the firebox and weld a cover for the holes. Then I would make it into a traditional stick burner with the firebox on one end and a big stack on the other. It has great bones, and could turn into something really nice. I am not sure how it gets enough heat/smoke from the little pipe coming out of the firebox to the pit. Just my thoughts. I am sure KAM will tell you the real scoop. You have a great start to a great pit. Congrats.

Thanks for the reply. That’s what I was thinking about to make it a traditional offset, but would like to try it out to see first. And it has 2 pipes coming out of the firebox, maybe that’ll help me produce more heat.


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Re: Homemade smoker

Postby Jansonbbq » Thu Jun 23, 2022 8:52 am

Rambo wrote:The trailer is worth a couple of hundred bucks by itself. We have some members here that can critique the design in a positive way if they catch the thread. Looks good to me. I’ve got an old, old, Lyfetyme

Thank you.


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Re: Homemade smoker

Postby k.a.m. » Thu Jun 23, 2022 9:10 am

Jansonbbq wrote:
k.a.m. wrote:The design is somewhat based off of a Diamond plate from years past.
Does the chamber have a deflector shield above the connecting pipes?
Being partial to mechanical weights on the doors I love them!
Before I made any mods I would fire it up with a nice coal base and see what the actual grate temps are plus how much fuel does it eat in its current set up.
Once the tests are done then you can figure out what mods if any need to be done.

Thank you. And I’m not sure about deflector shield to be honest. I’ll check it out. I also need to get an infrared thermometer to check the grate temp, right?
Appreciate the reply


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I would use digital thermometers with air probes so that I could watch the temps without opening the doors.
Always remember slow and steady wins the race.



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