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Need some opinions!

Post by justingingrich » May 22nd, 2019, 8:52 am

Hello,

I'm relatively new and am really excited to be a part of this community!

I'm getting ready to build my first smoker (been using a Traeger) and I found this design, with is perfect for what I want. However, I can't find any examples of any other smoker ever being built like this. It doubles as a grill/rotisserie.

https://store.brickwoodovens.com/brickw ... ion-manual

I'm wondering what others think of the design. I'm concerned about losing heat through the doors which are on top. I also find the firebox odd in that it is centered (instead of L or R) directly under the smoke box. It will be a relatively expensive project, and am curious to hear other, more experienced folks opinion of this.



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Re: Need some opinions!

Post by Big T » May 22nd, 2019, 9:01 pm

It probably works but I'm not sure how well it works or how efficient it is. I couldn't tell a lot about the design of the thing from the small pictures but I didn't see a chimney or some way of the heat exiting the cook chamber. Are you looking to buy one of these or just build something similar ? You could build a center feed smoker from steel for a lot less than this thing costs but it would perform flawlessly. I'm also in the camp of building a cooker that is designed for one style of cooking, either a smoker or a grill. If you try to build a multi- functional cooker, it always ends up being a game of compromise and it does a lot of things but not as well as a dedicated cooker.


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Re: Need some opinions!

Post by justingingrich » May 22nd, 2019, 9:21 pm

Big T wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 9:01 pm
It probably works but I'm not sure how well it works or how efficient it is. I couldn't tell a lot about the design of the thing from the small pictures but I didn't see a chimney or some way of the heat exiting the cook chamber. Are you looking to buy one of these or just build something similar ? You could build a center feed smoker from steel for a lot less than this thing costs but it would perform flawlessly. I'm also in the camp of building a cooker that is designed for one style of cooking, either a smoker or a grill. If you try to build a multi- functional cooker, it always ends up being a game of compromise and it does a lot of things but not as well as a dedicated cooker.
Thank you! I really appreciate the input. I've actually started looking at building a center feed. The challenge with steel is the wife would like something that is also aesthetically pleasing - so pretty much needs to be a mason project or steel hidden in bricks, or something to that degree.



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Re: Need some opinions!

Post by ajfoxy » May 23rd, 2019, 1:17 am

The challenge with steel is the wife would like something that is also aesthetically pleasing
Ahh mate, is there a sight more pleasing to the eye of of the beholder than a fully functional smoker producing top notch tucker?
Sheesh I think she's been hard on you mate. :D


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Re: Need some opinions!

Post by Dirtytires » May 23rd, 2019, 9:44 am

It sounds to me like your project is going to be a backyard fire pit with a removable cooking grate for grilling steaks. And I don’t recommend them often but a small electric smoker on the corner of the patio can handle smoking duty.



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