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New member. First smoker build getting close

Post by casey3115 » July 19th, 2018, 8:08 pm

Hi all.
New member, been lurking for a while now. I moved to Oregon a few years ago from Texas and am really wishing I had all the local builders building great smokers that I had when I lived down there. I have been shopping for an offset for a while now and really having a problem with the $500 shipping I will pay and I also do not like buying sight unseen. I originally thought I would not build the smoker just because I have so much going on right now. Way too many projects but I am warming up to the idea. So I started working on a design a few days ago and thought it would be a good time to start getting input from the community here and finalizing my design so I can get some drawings sent out and get the parts quoted.

This is what I am thinking. I want to build a top down style offset. With my job and the equipment I have available to me building a smoker out of formed sheet goods will be easier than starting with a 24" pipe. For this type of smoker I am really digging the shape of the new 20" LSG offsets. I will add some photos and ask TOO many questions here shortly.

Thanks all and I look forward to developing this with everyone's input.



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Re: New member. First smoker build getting close

Post by Big T » July 19th, 2018, 8:54 pm

Welcome aboard!! Sounds like it'll be a great build.


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Re: New member. First smoker build getting close

Post by casey3115 » July 19th, 2018, 9:22 pm

Here is a couple images. I used the Feldon calculator online when I first started this design.

Cooking Chamber size 16,500 cu in
Fire box size 5,832 cu in, 105% of recommended
Recommended fire box to CC opening 46.66 sq in.
4 x 4 sq tube chimney. Recommended length 18.23 in.

Some things I am still wondering about..

How high relative to the lower cooking grate should I have have the FB to CC opening? I have a baffle designed to direct heat straight up upon entering the cooking chamber. How does that look?
How low should I mount the chimney exit?

A few days ago I had a reverse offset baffle in this model and also had the chimney on the other side (of course) and have just recently started working with this new idea so I am thinking I also do not need quite as much space below the bottom grate now?? Should I lower that grate to gain a bit more clearance on each of the grates?

Any thoughts or opinions are welcome. I want to get the main shape and dimensions, clearences all cleared up and then I can start looking at details, hinges, latches, vents, etc...
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Post by casey3115 » July 19th, 2018, 9:46 pm

It might help to know my intentions with this smoker as well.
My typical smokes are for anywhere between 6 and 12 people. We smoke food every other weekend or so. Typical to have about 3 racks of ribs and a bunch of chicken wings and stuffed peppers. Or do a pork shoulder and a bunch of stuffed peppers. Pastrami or brisket are also popular choices. A few chickens or a turkey. You get the idea...no huge cooks really. (I would like to cook a suckling pig some day though :) )
When I was shopping for a smoker I was pretty set on buying a LSG 20 x 36. I don't need anything huge and think it will just be a waste if I go too big as sometimes we smoke just a single beer can chicken or other small meals for my family of 3. Also I really need to be able to move it around easily on a gravel driveway on the side of my house and also probably through the grass to the back yard patio.

When I started entertaining building my own I decided I could stretch it to 42" long as the material cost difference will be minimal.

Here are some dims of how everything is currently laid out.



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Re: New member. First smoker build getting close

Post by Big T » July 19th, 2018, 9:55 pm

That's an interesting design for sure, I don't have any experience with this style cooker so I can't be of much help. I've seen a few of these on the forum through the years that guys had built, they were having some sort of issues and trying to figure out where they went wrong. I would try to get a more detailed drawing with some measurements of what you have in mind and let some of the guys take a look at it. I know that Frank and Tom are both very knowledgeable with this style cooker so they could probably get you headed in the right direction.


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Post by casey3115 » July 19th, 2018, 10:03 pm

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Re: New member. First smoker build getting close

Post by casey3115 » July 19th, 2018, 10:24 pm

I was reading a thread (on a different forum) about a guys Jambo back yard model recently and it got me thinking about switching from the reverse flow I had planned. He had some photos of the inside and was really pleased with how it performed. I'm not married to the idea yet,. It's still early.

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Re: New member. First smoker build getting close

Post by Rodcrafter » July 20th, 2018, 7:52 am

Welcome to the crew!

That is a really different type of smoker. I was thinking of what you said in the beginning about various numbers of people you are cooking for and thought, you should make an offset with a WC over the FB. Because you can use it many different ways. As for the design you had drawn I have no experience with but I hope it works out.


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Re: New member. First smoker build getting close

Post by casey3115 » July 20th, 2018, 11:39 am

I think I should move this over to the design section of the forum to get a bit more exposure. Hopefully someone has some input with this type of design. If not I can always call an audible and go back to a reverse flow style.



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Re: New member. First smoker build getting close

Post by Dirtytires » July 20th, 2018, 2:11 pm

We don’t call audibles here....we smoke meat.

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Re: New member. First smoker build getting close

Post by casey3115 » July 20th, 2018, 2:13 pm

Dirtytires wrote:We don’t call audibles here....we smoke meat.

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Lol
True story. Thankfully my current plan and the audible I have in my back pocket both involve smoking meat! A suckling pig I hope.



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Re: New member. First smoker build getting close

Post by Newsmoke » July 24th, 2018, 10:52 pm

Welcome to the group! May I ask which software are you using to make the plans?



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Re: New member. First smoker build getting close

Post by casey3115 » July 24th, 2018, 10:53 pm

Newsmoke wrote:Welcome to the group! May I ask which software are you using to make the plans?
I use solidworks.



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