55 Gallon Offset Smoker

Horizontal smokers with a side firebox and tuning plates.
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55 Gallon Offset Smoker

Post by PRB0425 » April 5th, 2018, 6:24 am

I have just recently started on a new smoker. I am building this from a 55 gallon drum that was used for olive oil. I have built several larger smokers from propane tanks but i have always wanted a decent smoker for my back deck and i have not been satisfied with the store bought smokers in my price range. So what else to do but build one. This smoker is not complete yet but the total cost of this smoker so far is $125.

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Re: 55 Gallon Offset Smoker

Post by Dirtytires » April 5th, 2018, 11:13 am

Very unique build. Did you get a chance to fire it up yet?

I might suggest you pick up a remote thermometer probe if you don’t already use one. You will loose considerable heat every time it’s opened to check the meat progress and thus increase the cook time. With my probe, I am able to resist the urge to do a “quick check” since I always know the temp of the meat.



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Re: 55 Gallon Offset Smoker

Post by PRB0425 » April 5th, 2018, 12:31 pm

Thanks for the tip. I have been looking at getting a remote probe set for a while and I think I will go ahead and pull the trigger on one. I just got my thermometers and gasket material for the door in today and I plan to have this completed over the weekend. I am also going to put an air intake in the fire box door and build an elevated rack for the fire. I was able to fire this bad boy up Tuesday night and I was very pleased with the amount of air flow. Since I didn't have the thermometers installed I am unsure about heat distribution.

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Re: 55 Gallon Offset Smoker

Post by mp4 » April 5th, 2018, 1:20 pm

Very cool build!



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Re: 55 Gallon Offset Smoker

Post by ajfoxy » April 5th, 2018, 5:07 pm

Very nice.


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Re: 55 Gallon Offset Smoker

Post by Big T » April 5th, 2018, 7:34 pm

:LG:


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Re: 55 Gallon Offset Smoker

Post by Dirtytires » April 5th, 2018, 11:45 pm

Fire is so cool....nice job.



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Re: 55 Gallon Offset Smoker

Post by Rodcrafter » April 6th, 2018, 6:42 am

:beer: :LG: :beer:


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Re: 55 Gallon Offset Smoker

Post by PRB0425 » April 9th, 2018, 7:07 am

I got some free time Friday afternoon and finished up the smoker. Sunday afternoon i was able to cook on it for the first time. I was surprised at how even the heat was through out the cooking chamber. I have learned over the years that keeping your fire box outlet and your stack intake in line will help out tremendously with this issue. 2 things that i will change about this smoker will be a different handle for the fire box lock and bigger thermometers. I ordered these off Amazon and i didn't realize how small they were.

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Re: 55 Gallon Offset Smoker

Post by Dirtytires » April 9th, 2018, 9:55 am

Looks pretty nifty.

How heavy is the lid... especially to close... with the weight of the smokestack?



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Re: 55 Gallon Offset Smoker

Post by PRB0425 » April 9th, 2018, 2:11 pm

The lid isn't very heavy. The stack acts as a counter weight and helps with opening it.



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Re: 55 Gallon Offset Smoker

Post by Rodcrafter » April 9th, 2018, 9:07 pm

Those chickens seem to like it.

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