Brick Offset & Vertical Smoker with Outdoor Kitchen

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Re: Brick Offset & Vertical Smoker with Outdoor Kitchen

Post by Dirtytires » February 28th, 2021, 11:21 am

On your tank, use it till it’s empty. With that said, if your gauges are accurate, it won’t take more than a few minutes once the needle hits zero.

On the flip side, you definitely can get a replacement before it’s completely empty. I now keep a spare full bottle in the shop but would sometimes take mine in for an exchange on a Friday so as not to run out over the weekend when my supplier is closed. Nothing worse than running out of gas on a Saturday morning and wasting a good weekend of welding.



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Re: Brick Offset & Vertical Smoker with Outdoor Kitchen

Post by Cole Leffert » March 1st, 2021, 10:15 am

Looking really good! Can't wait to see the finished product!



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Re: Brick Offset & Vertical Smoker with Outdoor Kitchen

Post by BigPete » March 2nd, 2021, 2:43 am

Dirtytires wrote:
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On your tank, use it till it’s empty. With that said, if your gauges are accurate, it won’t take more than a few minutes once the needle hits zero.

On the flip side, you definitely can get a replacement before it’s completely empty. I now keep a spare full bottle in the shop but would sometimes take mine in for an exchange on a Friday so as not to run out over the weekend when my supplier is closed. Nothing worse than running out of gas on a Saturday morning and wasting a good weekend of welding.
Yep, sorely tempted to do this now. I dont want to waste whats left in the tank but dont want to run out either. I guess I can always return the empty bottle to get my deposit back and drop down to 1 bottle once this project is finished.
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Looking really good! Can't wait to see the finished product!
Thanks, that makes 2 of us!!! Whoever said I had a lot of work ahead of me was 100% right



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Re: Brick Offset & Vertical Smoker with Outdoor Kitchen

Post by BigPete » March 5th, 2021, 1:47 pm

Some really good progress after a recent steel delivery. Took a few hours to knock this up and get or painted and fitted.
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Post by SheffSmoker » March 6th, 2021, 5:25 am

Top work Pete, looks like you're getting to grips with the new welder now. :)



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Re: Brick Offset & Vertical Smoker with Outdoor Kitchen

Post by BigPete » March 6th, 2021, 2:50 pm

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Top work Pete, looks like you're getting to grips with the new welder now. :)
Aye getting there, still a lot to learn though, think I hit the duty cycle limit earlier today :)

Figured it'd be rude not to give it a proper test tonight.
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Post by dacolson » March 6th, 2021, 3:07 pm

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Re: Brick Offset & Vertical Smoker with Outdoor Kitchen

Post by BigPete » March 8th, 2021, 11:29 am

Guys, I had planned to make the offset smoker a reverse flow, but I suspect getting removable baffles even close to air tight will be impossible. So my questions are -

1) do the reverse flow baffles need to be air tight or is a little 'leakage' acceptable?
2) if the reverse flow idea is out the window and it becomes a normal offset, am I right in saying that ideally a collector box at the bottom of the chimney should be as close to the level of the grates as best possible?



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Re: Brick Offset & Vertical Smoker with Outdoor Kitchen

Post by BigPete » March 8th, 2021, 12:05 pm

Heres a quick sketchup of how the stack could look with a larger collector - purple line is grate level. The circular is the opening radius of a horizontal hatch.
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Post by dacolson » March 8th, 2021, 3:39 pm

Ideally - in my opinion - yes. Most modern pit builders designing standard offsets - Moberg, Mill Scale, Fat Stacks, etc - all have the stack at grate level. There are thousands of others out there that smoke just fine with stacks at the top of the CC so if you’re not able to build it that way, I’m sure it will work out.


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Re: Brick Offset & Vertical Smoker with Outdoor Kitchen

Post by Dirtytires » March 9th, 2021, 10:34 am

Baffle plate needs to be welded in completely. Any leaks will allow heat to escape and possibly create hot spots in the cook chamber. More importantly tho is grease will leak down and is more susceptible to a grease fire.



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Re: Brick Offset & Vertical Smoker with Outdoor Kitchen

Post by BigPete » March 9th, 2021, 1:35 pm

Excellent thanks gents, regular offset it is :) got a solid 7hours cutting and welding in today great progress but the neighbours must hate me!! Will post a few photos tomorrow.

Need to work out a design for cook chamber handle that can the heats of a BBQ not just smoking temps.



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Post by dacolson » March 9th, 2021, 7:49 pm

Pay the neighbors off with smoked meat


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Post by BigPete » March 10th, 2021, 7:39 am

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Yea I'm going to have to do them a rack of ribs or something.

The damper picture for the vertical smoker
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Re: Brick Offset & Vertical Smoker with Outdoor Kitchen

Post by SheffSmoker » March 10th, 2021, 9:05 am

BigPete wrote:
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Excellent thanks gents, regular offset it is :) got a solid 7hours cutting and welding in today great progress but the neighbours must hate me!! Will post a few photos tomorrow.

Need to work out a design for cook chamber handle that can the heats of a BBQ not just smoking temps.
I'm using a wooden handle on my firebox door, Pete. Bolted on via a 2" bit of plate welded to the door, Wherever there's a join the heat doesn't seem to conduct as much, it's darkened a bit from first fitting but never any danger of it igniting. Similarly, our old gas BBQ has a plastic handle bolted to the lid!



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Post by BigPete » March 20th, 2021, 12:30 pm

Some more progress over the last couple of weeks. Nice to get it in its final resting place too as the base alone without lid or doors is probably around 150-180lbs.
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Post by dacolson » March 20th, 2021, 11:04 pm

Really looking nice BigPete. Huge investment on your pat building a permanent pit like this. It looks super nice. Here’s to hoping it fires as designed. You deserve some killer que for the effort you’ve invested. .


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Post by Big T » March 20th, 2021, 11:35 pm

:yth: definitely looks killer!


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Re: Brick Offset & Vertical Smoker with Outdoor Kitchen

Post by Cole » March 21st, 2021, 8:50 am

That thing is awesome, imagine a firepit on the ground, friends, all kinds of cold beverages and food!

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Post by BigPete » March 22nd, 2021, 2:37 pm

Thanks guys for all the help and suggestions to get this far! Just have to make the grills and then it'll be ready for a test.

The wooden handle came out really well, will gets few other photos up shortly including the inside.



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Post by BigPete » March 24th, 2021, 1:58 pm

Got the grills, gasket and thermometers done. Obviously had to fire it up to season the grills and then though itd be a waste of charcoal not to at least try it at the same time :D
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The lid is heavy but don't know if I need a counter balance or not (yet) wife says she does which makes me wonder should I or not :D After the pork chops were ready I fired in my temp probes and (left and right) and over about 80mins there was only about a 5degC drop without touching anything. Will test the offset draw tomorrow all being well.
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Re: Brick Offset & Vertical Smoker with Outdoor Kitchen

Post by dacolson » March 24th, 2021, 7:02 pm

Love the progress! That’s a sharp looking grill. I bet you find a reason to cook everything out there now.


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