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Post by Philsmoker » January 24th, 2020, 12:59 am

Greetungs folks,

I am an expat Australian retired to the Philippines (for my sins!!) My name is Roger & I have been a smoker using various contraptions & inventions for 40+ years. As an Aussie I am addicted to bbq using great gum trees woods freely available there, I also founded a Cooperage (barrel making company) so I had access to great Oaks from the US & Europe. My last smoker/bbq was an original Kamado which unfortunately I had to leave in Australia however I made sure it was left in good hands (my son in law & co founder of the Australian Sausage Party.....but that's another story)

I am looking forward to experimenting with woods here & have acquired 2 old gas cylinders which I plan to convert to am vertical offset & am toying with the idea to make it reverse flow. I stumbled on this Forum & know that you guys basically know it all so I shall research here & do my homework.

Looking forward to some fabulous smoked baboy (Pork) which is readily available here & I must say the best I have ever eaten! Probably cos its raised with chemicals & feeds banned in the EEC, but we all know they can be wooses!

I also like the fact that bastard is a term of endearment here..........as it should be.

BTW I have been washing & soaking the gas cylinders out for 3 weeks & will do it a lot longer before I go anywhere near them with a grinder....I like my skin just the way it is.

I am also partial to a good cold beer & most other alcoholic beverages....nothing like Beer O'clock (medicinal purposes only of course)

Best regards to all


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Re: Aussie Smoker

Post by Pete Mazz » January 24th, 2020, 4:43 am

:welcome:


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Post by JKalchik » January 24th, 2020, 8:48 am

<chuckle> Phil, are you a Cooper's man? I won't insult you by asking you about Foster's.....

Cooperage has always fascinated me, how you can build a water tight barrel with practically no measuring devices.


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Re: Aussie Smoker

Post by Big T » January 24th, 2020, 5:24 pm

Welcome aboard!!


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Post by Philsmoker » January 24th, 2020, 11:08 pm

I was addicted to Coopers Sparkling Ale but as I now live in thee Philippines I have to make do with San Mig until I can get some brewing equipment & start my own.

To make a cask you need to know the capacity then work out the rise (end dia) stave length & bilge (centre dia) from there you joint the staves wit an angle that radiates back to the centre. Stand it up in a hoop steam bend it then fire it to set the curve on the staves or they will always want to straighten causing them to break. you cut heads (the ends) round at a radius !/6 of the circumference of the rise (d=2pir ie approx 1/6) fit the heads & final hoops.....done deal! It's a bit more complicated than that but this is a brief overview.


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Post by JKalchik » January 25th, 2020, 10:23 am

Hi, Phil...

I've seen it done a bunch on video (Guinness had a great cooper's display 30 years ago in their brewery at St. James' Gate, it's gone with their new Storehouse, unfortunately,) it's deceptively simple. Coopers are good examples of fine craftsmen.

I've been meaning to go chase down Cooper's for some time, after talking with a tech support gent in NZ some time ago. Had a security problem, at one point, he suggested a different password, "AustraliansDontDrinkFosters". :)


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Re: Aussie Smoker

Post by Dirtytires » January 26th, 2020, 12:40 am

Glad to have you on the boards with us.



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Post by ajfoxy » January 26th, 2020, 2:40 am

Welcome. Nothing wrong with Beer and BBQ snags (proper snags, not the outside Bunnings crap on a Saturday morning type).
Who do you make your barrels for in your cooperage? Wine or spirits merchants?
My son in law works for Sirromet and occasionally brings home some old barrel wood for smoking.


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Post by Philsmoker » January 26th, 2020, 3:11 am

Thanks for the welcome. I sold out of the company & retired to the Philippines last year. They will make casks for anyone who pays for them!!! But it speccialises in Spirit & Wine casks for commercial production.


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Post by Philsmoker » January 26th, 2020, 3:18 am

Thanks for the welcome Dirtytyres & Pete I m looking forward to my project smoker & can see that you guys will be a very valuable resorce.


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Post by JKalchik » January 26th, 2020, 10:12 am

Phil, it crossed my tiny little brain this morning that there's at least one other poster here from the Philippines. Haven't seen much from him lately, though


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Re: Aussie Smoker

Post by Philsmoker » January 26th, 2020, 10:31 pm

Thanks for that I'll keep my yes open, probably an expat too. Proper smoking is not that popular here.....yet!!!


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