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Statts' Not-So-Ugly Drum Smoker

Discussion in 'Geek Food' started by Statts, Mar 17, 2015.

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  1. AzonIc

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    Damn, is a little out the way but tempting.

    Dunno what the Mrs would say about me coming home with them.....
     
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    Not sure if the keg would work as well - though you could work around it. Do something similar to the Weber Smokey Mountain and put a water bath between the firebox and the grill.
     
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    Following for interests sake - I was looking at buying something, if I can do it on the cheap I'm all over this.
     
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    same, to make or not to make.....
     
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    Come on guys, MAKE!

    For small smokers, get a Smokey Joe (there was one on Gumtree in SA not long ago, see if it's still there) and there's a certain size of big soup pot that fits right in, cut the bottom out and you have yourself a mini bullet smoker!


    Progress wise - Still waiting on the plumbing fittings to finish, and to paint the lid. Tonight I put in the air tight conduit fitting for the temp probes, and siliconed around all the bolts and nuts inside the drum. All things being equal, I'm on track to smoke up some ribs this weekend!
     
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    Have you mentioned where you found the drum?

    Semi small town here I can't imagine them being too easy to come across. I'll make some calls tomorrow, but what kind of place did you get yours from? Metal recycler or something, approximately how much?
     
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    Yeah just a metal salvage place (Paramount Browns in Adelaide). $17 for a food grade drum (ex Orange concentrate from Coca Cola factory). Food grade drums do require the liner inside to be burnt+stripped or sand blasted out though. But the fact they havent had harsh chemicals in them is worth the effort.
     
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    Paint job came out fantastic from what I can see in the pics :thumbup:
     
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    What's the benefit in using a Weber lid over the lid that comes with the barrel (with modifications)

    Is it just the additional height - or is there something else?
     
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    Yeah probably the additional height for one, your top grill rack can be almost level with the top of the barrel, so you won't need stick your head over the smoke to load it?
     
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    Teaser pic :lol: Not far off now....

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    you using Stag to seal the penetrations?
     
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    Nah, this gear here
     
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    cool, F'n hate Stag! :leet:
     
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    Cheers for that, looking pretty awesome with that latest update. I made some calls on Friday and none of my local metal recyclers had anything food grade. I'll keep on it though.
     
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    When it's finished, how much would you consider selling it for? Would you consider making another one to sell to someone? Would you consider setting up a small business making them for sale? Go on Shark Tank!
     
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    Nice work and awesome looking paint job

    I'm going to go buy my drum on Monday from PB's
     
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    I'd consider it if someone really wanted it done and didn't have the tools / skills. Would never look at it as a commercial venture though.

    Cheers, I'm really happy with how the paint came out in the end. Am currently prepping the lid for paint today.

    Good to hear you're going to have a crack at making one. One thing you might have trouble finding in Adelaide is suitable material for making your charcoal basket, at small quantities. I picked up a whole sheet of 50x25 steel mesh (not galv obviously). It has some surface rust, but that's going to happen to a fire basket anyway. If you need some, I can cut whatever size you need for $6pack. Look out for pics of the charcoal basket when it's finished tomorrow night to get an idea of what it's like. You'll probably 13" high by just over a metre in order to wrap around a 13" weber grate, if that's what you're planning.
     
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    That would be great; thanks - I'll keep an eye out for the pics

    I really liked how the Big Poppa Smokas basket can be set on different levels; but then I won't be grilling on this so don't need that.
     
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