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    The franken Smoker

    It has been a while since i had my last smoker. The first one was a 55 gallon drum and smoke box on the side. The grill area was a bit large and i was using alot of wood for only one small oven roast or boston butt. I sold it off and now i had some steel plate laying around and i decided it was time to make another.













    I still have work to do on it. I need to finish welding the seams on the firebox, make a door and vent on door, grill area, tuning plates for the heat and the chimney. It is mostly made out of 1/4 inch plate for the main box. The firebox is a combo of what thickness plate i had laying around. I am going to add propane to it to help with longer cooking times for brisket. Cant wait to see some good smoke rings on my food.

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    SUPPORTER Steve97tj's Avatar
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    Dear lord that thing must weigh a ton. Looks good tho.

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    SUPPORTER matth_85's Avatar
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    I bet it will cook like a champ.
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    Here it is in its glory.



    I still need to paint it, but I cooked for the 4th of July on it. Knocked out a beef oven roast and a Boston Butt. Both came out excellent. The pork for some reason took FOREVER to finish. I had a maintained temp of 250 degrees for the cook. Started at 11:30. I finished the beef at 4:30 and the pork stayed in till 7. Then i put it in the oven for 3 more hours. The bone just didnt want to release, but after tearing apart the meat, the bone was massive in this cut of meat, much differnt than other times i cooked. The meat shredded fine except for the top portion it was just tough. Tasted good though.

    I want to add propane to it and after reading i cant put it in the main cooking area because of problems with the lack of oxygen for the burner to work properly, and i do not have enough room for a burner in the offset box, so i am thinking bout making a second box on the opposite side and just put a burner in there for when i want to cook much longer.

    The box did hold the temp good, but i only used oak so i had to keep up on it to keep the fire going, and it got tiring. All in all I am pleased with the beast. Now to plan a meal for next weekend.

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