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Plans for a 55gal drum smoker/bbq

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by saichele, Jan 16, 2008.

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  1. saichele

    saichele Minister of Fire

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    Anybody have plans or a pic of a 55gal drum based smoker/bbq. I have two empty drums, a MIG and a cutting torch, and the desire to be able to roast a half hog from time to time.

    Thanks
    Steve

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I don't have any plans for it but for a lot of years I used one I built from the double barrel stoves kit that is available. Bottom barrel was the firebox and the top one the smoking chamber. I didn't cut the barrel but put doors on both ends of the top one and installed racks in it. Worked great. For doing halves of hogs you would need to cut the top barrel and put hinges on it and a large rack inside.

    Be sure to put the smoke inlet of the top barrel at the opposite end from the stack to draw the smoke through the meat on the rack.
  3. Molson

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    Aha! Something I can help with, after all the great advice I've read on here. I'm one of the Canadian BBQ Series Champs, competed at the Jack in Lynchburg TN this year. I've seen a few barrel smokers, and this one seems to work the best:

    Big Smokey
    http://www.mikesell.net/smoker/main.html

    There is also one similar, the Big Baby

    bbq.netrelief.com/pits/metalpit/bigbaby/build_big_baby_metal_bbq_pit.shtml
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    Molson, can you link the plan page?
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    Thanks
    Thats better , maybe a Spring project.............
  7. saichele

    saichele Minister of Fire

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    i think I'm looking more at an end to end design - one barrel as the grill, then maybe half a barrel as a fire chamber off to the side and down. Whole thing mounted in an angle iron or black pipe frame.

    Steve
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    ah, you're looking for a offset design. Watch the opening size between the firebox and the cooking chamber. You'll have to put some baffles/plates in to control the hotspots. If you're running a chimney from the top of the cooking chamber, bring it down close to grill level.
  9. saichele

    saichele Minister of Fire

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    Right - those are the reasons I was looking for some plans. What's the appropriate dimension on the firebox to cooking chamber connection, how big a stack, what might the baffles look like?

    Thanks
    Steve
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    I'm off to a seminar now and wont be back till Monday, but leave it with me and I'll see what I can dig up
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    Here's a pic of my firebox just before welding it into the main chamber. You can see the angle iron on top extending out the right side. This angle iron was welded to the bottom of the tank, then baffles welded on top. I will post more pics as soon as I get them downsized in photoshop. The opening from firebox to cooking chamber is only about 2x18 inches. I figured it should be roughly the same size as the stack in volume. Been working great for 5 years now.

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    Here it is welded in place.

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    The opening from firebox to the inside of the cooking chamber.

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    The baffles are just plate steel welded from the opening to the far side of the cooking chamber. They force the smoke to the opposite side of the chamber under the grates. Then the smoke has to travel across your vittles to finally exit out the stack. Just like BrotherBart was explaining with the drum setup.

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    Here's what it looks like with the grates and stack installed. Hope this helps understand the theory anyway.

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    Finally, the finished product. You could certainly use drums for this design. The firebox would probably only require half a drum. May not be the best design out there, just what I came up with using what I had. Most of it was salvaged steel. The used compressor tank and wheels are the only things I paid for. Very time consuming project, but you will have a blast doing it!!

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    saichele Minister of Fire

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    I like it. Nice project. Very much like what I was trying to come up with. Thanks

    Steve
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    No problem. Have fun!
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