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Guess it's time I did this.

Post by hutcho » October 4th, 2018, 10:31 am

Been lurking for quite a while. I have reached the point in the natural progression of smoker ownership that I need something much larger. A little background first. Back in high school me and my dad and brother built a large traditional smoker, that dad still uses to this day for catering and competitions. I'll share pics of it. Fast forward to about 7 years ago. He bought a Bradley electric smoker to try new recipes and small batch stuff on. I immediately fell in love with the simplicity and set it and forget it nature. So a few weeks later I owned a used one. Unlike my dad I can't leave well enough alone. So over the years it has been converted to dual elements, an auber pid controller, cold smoke box (old microwave I found in the garage) as well as a cart and many other upgrades. At this point it's had 1000s of hours of smoke through it and it's just plain worn out. So naturally it's time to upgrade and go much bigger in the process.

So I think I have it narrowed down to 2 options. Either a double pan gravity fed or Mack. I don't need a ton of space for most of what I do but I want to keep the options open. I do a lot of sausage so would like to be able to operate at lower temps and have a pretty steady control. Also want to be trailer mounted so I can take it with me to some family events, church cookouts and maybe even a competition someday. If I went GF I would definitely run a controller and battery option as well to keep it portable. I am leaning pretty hard towards the Mack as I think it fits my "needs" the best.

Anyways thanks in advance for the advice. This is a really great forum and I look forward to learning and sharing my build with everyone! Image

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Re: Guess it's time I did this.

Post by Dirtytires » October 4th, 2018, 1:08 pm

I just saw this picture somewhere.....



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Re: Guess it's time I did this.

Post by hutcho » October 4th, 2018, 1:10 pm

Yeah figured it was best I started my own these and quit hijacking...

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Re: Guess it's time I did this.

Post by Dirtytires » October 4th, 2018, 1:12 pm

Great idea....you will get better response on this and we can follow your build much easier.

I’m just giving you a hard time.....sorry!



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Re: Guess it's time I did this.

Post by hutcho » October 4th, 2018, 1:27 pm

No worries. In my trade(industrial maintenance electrician) if you aren't giving or receiving hell from somebody they probably don't like you lol!

My biggest dilemma now is deciding between the new one Frank hasn't released yet and Mack lol!

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Re: Guess it's time I did this.

Post by AndrewPalmer71 » October 4th, 2018, 5:31 pm

Welcome! That's a nice looking rig. The planning stages are always the hardest. Maybe you could make a list of things you want from a smoker and then select the unit that satisfies most of those wants. For me, I like playing with fire, so an offset stick burner was my natural go to.

In the meanwhile, keep reading and rereading the threads to get a better feel of what the units are capable of. They are two very distinct cookers with their own pros and cons.

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Re: Guess it's time I did this.

Post by hutcho » October 4th, 2018, 5:48 pm

Thank you! It's my dad's. It's a little different design. Has a pipe from the firebox all the way to the front with holes facing down along it. He fills it up with water to just below the pipe. Never seen one like it. It works really well and actually the temps are only a few degrees difference from one side to the other. Been a darn good smoker!

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Re: Guess it's time I did this.

Post by Chromeski » October 4th, 2018, 9:30 pm

hutcho wrote:
October 4th, 2018, 5:48 pm
Thank you! It's my dad's. It's a little different design. Has a pipe from the firebox all the way to the front with holes facing down along it. He fills it up with water to just below the pipe. Never seen one like it. It works really well and actually the temps are only a few degrees difference from one side to the other. Been a darn good smoker!

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That's interesting. If it works don't change that



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Re: Guess it's time I did this.

Post by hutcho » October 5th, 2018, 7:49 am

It was something he dreamed up one day and we made it happen. Back in the days before the interwebs full of forums and blueprints :)

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Re: Guess it's time I did this.

Post by Rodcrafter » October 6th, 2018, 8:28 pm

Very cool, let’s get building


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