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double barrel smoker build

Postby shipyardbecue » June 6th, 2012, 9:33 am

So I am starting my double barrel smoker this weekend. so far I have the barrels, the conversion kit, and a couple thermometers.

the barrels are brand new. a buddy of mine hooked me up. I got them for free. New they are probably about $100 a piece

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the vogelzang stove kit you can get on line or at an ACE hardware. ACE had them for $49 bucks.

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I got some glow in the dark thermometers of ebay for $11 bucks each. $70 total investment. you can get others cheaper at Lowes but these are neon green and glow in the dark and are cool!!!

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Tonight I am picking up the Vogelzang adapter kit and some stove piping. looking forward to putting this together on Saturday!



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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby Gizmo » June 6th, 2012, 11:52 am

Leave yourself enough time on Saturday to change your mind - it's just part of the process ... :)


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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby shipyardbecue » June 6th, 2012, 1:56 pm

^ha! yeah, I have gone back and forth a million times on what I want to add to it, how I want to pipe it and all kinds of stuff! stoked on getting going! picked up the adapter kit at lunch today.

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$37. total project cost is $107



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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby The Czar » June 6th, 2012, 2:42 pm

Holy Crap....I haven't seen anything like that.....wow.....I think that is the first time we seen this on the forum....make sure you take plenty of photos..... :rulz: ......

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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby SoloQue » June 6th, 2012, 2:46 pm

I read on another forum where some guy attached wooden runners (looked like 2x4's) so he could reposition easier. Evidently that bottom drum really gets hot. The picks of the sled runners blazing was pretty memorable. I'm guessing he must have had some grease drippings during some earlier cooks to help ignite the wood. :explode2:


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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby shipyardbecue » June 6th, 2012, 3:24 pm

ha ha! avatar added! :P

I will have plenty of pics. this guy did a good job documenting his build on youtube.

I stumbled upon his video and then saw the local ACE hardware store had part of the kit so I decided to go for it! ACE ordered the second part and I will be getting the rest of the stove piping later this week (didnt have time to shop for it all on my lunch break today)



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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby Frank_Cox » June 6th, 2012, 4:51 pm

Man, it is going to be really cool to see this come together! I am excited to see how good it cooks. :LG:



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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby shipyardbecue » June 8th, 2012, 9:29 am

I picked up a second damper collar yesterday for $37. total project cost $144 I am going to have 2 pipes coming out of the bottom barrel; both with dampers. my theory (right or wrong) is that I will be able to control the temp better on either side of the grill if the fire burns inconsistently. I am actually thinking of putting a door on both sides of the barrel so i can load wood in on both sides if need be. thoughts?

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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby The Czar » June 8th, 2012, 10:15 am

I would think making a door on the side of a thin guage barrell would be tough...but if you can do it I say work it!!! :beer: :beer:


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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby PvilleComp » June 8th, 2012, 10:38 am

I'd be careful of the wood skids. The legs look like they are going to get mighty hot. I assume they are cast iron or something like that. I've seen wood chunks start to burn just sitting on the warming plate of my firebox.

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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby Smokeone » June 9th, 2012, 8:41 am

I like it! I too would opt away from the wood skid tho. Just my .02.


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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby shipyardbecue » June 11th, 2012, 8:29 am

ok! here are the pics! this took a lot longer then I thought. close to 5.5 hours. mostly cause we were figuring it out along the way. next one probably could be done in 3-4 hours. a ton of drilling and cutting. not much welding.

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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby alleyrat58 » June 11th, 2012, 8:34 am

:LG:

That is a cool looking build!


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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby PvilleComp » June 11th, 2012, 8:39 am

I've never seen one of these before - looks cool. How did the temps hold?



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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby shipyardbecue » June 11th, 2012, 8:47 am

alleyrat58 wrote:That is a cool looking build!


thanks man! my buddy James did all the cutting, I did all the drilling and assembly and Caroline did some welding and grinding. it was a lot of fun! I really like the way we did the lid. it slides on a track in lieu of hinged. it would have been super flimsy if we just slapped some hinges on it. I need to "fabricate" (discovery channel ruined that word) a handle.

PvilleComp wrote:I've never seen one of these before - looks cool. How did the temps hold?


I didnt monitor it that closely. I was trying to get it as hot as possible to burn off the paint. I loaded it up with charcoal to get it going then burnt some oak. I am going to burn it out again this week, season it with some canola oil, and do a test run Saturday. Here is some smoke flow.




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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby Gizmo » June 11th, 2012, 11:59 am

Beautiful build there! :kewl:


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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby SoloQue » June 11th, 2012, 12:04 pm

pretty cool, no doubt that beast will knock out some Q :kewl:


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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby shipyardbecue » June 11th, 2012, 1:10 pm

thanks! any advice on seasoning it? I was told by some friends in Texas to load it up with as much fat as I can get from the butcher and let it melt! thoughts?



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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby The Czar » June 11th, 2012, 4:20 pm

The photo CZAR is pleased......and bacon bacon and more bacon.....and bacon...and some bacon with bacon..... :LG: :LG: :LG: :LG: :LG: :LG: :LG: :LG: :LG: :LG: :LG: :LG: :LG: :LG: :LG: :LG: :LG: :LG: :LG: \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/


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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby Smokeone » June 11th, 2012, 6:37 pm

:LG:
I would spray it with cooking spray and bring it up to 350 or so, for an hour or two. Then bring it down to 250 or so and cook some bacon or chicken thighs.
Hopefully Rick will chime in, he is the seasoning msater! :-)


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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby Gizmo » June 11th, 2012, 7:31 pm

:yth: S1 is right
Pam is so easy to apply and all you really need is a s\"sticky" place for that cake to start to build up...
Just like BBQ - you can't rush a good seasoning...
It will just keep getting better with time.
That's why when I'm breaking in a new smoker I cook a lot of chicken and bacon and fatties to start with - chicken is cheap and well - you just can't have too much bacon around...

When your chicken starts to yield a flavorful smoke quality THEN put on the first brisket - as expensive as those things are I would hate to hear about one coming out sub prime cause somebody rushed their smoker break-in process - I just don't think I could handle that ... :D


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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby shipyardbecue » June 11th, 2012, 8:58 pm

Rick wrote::yth: S1 is right
Pam is so easy to apply and all you really need is a s\"sticky" place for that cake to start to build up...
Just like BBQ - you can't rush a good seasoning...
It will just keep getting better with time.
That's why when I'm breaking in a new smoker I cook a lot of chicken and bacon and fatties to start with - chicken is cheap and well - you just can't have too much bacon around...

When your chicken starts to yield a flavorful smoke quality THEN put on the first brisket - as expensive as those things are I would hate to hear about one coming out sub prime cause somebody rushed their smoker break-in process - I just don't think I could handle that ... :D


thanks man! I need to do dry run this weekend to see how it holds temp! I will start the seasoning process with some chicken and bacon! I will post pics!

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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby PvilleComp » June 11th, 2012, 9:24 pm

Used a full large can of Pam on my Trailmaster, then some chicken and butts. Seasoned up real nice.



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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby shipyardbecue » June 14th, 2012, 12:46 pm

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:exp: FEED ME!!!! :exp:

total cost was just under $200. I plan on getting some more fire bricks and caps for the pipes. probably make a shelf and possibly some kind of heat shield for the bottom barrel to kip kids from getting burnt.

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Re: double barrel smoker build

Postby alleyrat58 » June 14th, 2012, 2:06 pm

I have seen the kits, but never seen anyone build one. Still think that's a sweet build!

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