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Old 07-05-2012, 04:22 PM   #11
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Just a suggestion but i built an Ugly Drum Smoker. It works great. I use a couple of cheap thermometers and probe to monitor meat and drum temps. To adjust my temp its just a slight movement on the ball valves. The Alton brown thing is cool is you decide to go that way. Post up your progress.
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:50 AM   #12
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I'd much rather have a nice charcoal one as well, but as it stands I've already canceled all if my brewing projects due to funds so I'm trying to keep this one cheap, lol.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:14 PM   #13
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Revisiting this thread. I decided to try something new, actually attempt to do something BEFORE investing money in it. Got a couple of rib racks, rubbed them up and threw them on my propane grill.

Despite the many problems I faced (rack of ribs too large for my tiny gas grill, actually getting up to temp with a tiny portable propane grill) I actually enjoyed it. I have a spare half barrel keg I think I'll turn into a smoker. Thinking of a 1500w hot plate and maybe trying out the stc controller, with the probe invaded in a metal tube, or a dimmer switch. Just gotta figure out how to make a door at the bottom of a keg to remove and add chips, as I don't want to cut the bottom completely out and lift it up over the hot plate as I've seen in another build.

 
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:26 PM   #14
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I'm not 100% sure the STC probe will stand up to smoker temperatures.

If memory serves the hotplate in my flowerpot smoker is only 1100W. (See the link in my signature.)

 
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:49 PM   #15
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Lol, already have a new plan actually. Would like to make an offset smoker utilizing a 55gal drum for the meat (turned sideways) and the keg for the fire box. Haven't completely worked it all out. Main thing is trying to find a drum for the price I'm willing to pay

 
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