Any home built insulated smoker's here?

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Any home built insulated smoker's here?

Post by Smokydokey » January 11th, 2020, 4:42 pm

I'm afraid that I may have gone over to the "dark side" as I now have a store bought ceramic (kamado) cooker. The thing seems to be just about immune to the cold weather, where I struggle with my little (100# LP bottle) steel smoker if it's not used during either month of summer. :( Heck this past Christmas morning I browned up some good sage sausage in a cast iron skillet, threw on some links and had the best smokey sausage gravy in that ceramic contraption.
So my title is my question. I see nothing but a pain in the ass trying to insulate a build and then put a shell over the insulation to keep it there, keep it dry, and protected. It's been so many years that we've been cooking on something that I made weather it a "pit", smoker, grill or disco, I'm feeling a little yuppified or domesticated with my Kamado (Primo) cooker.
Some one must have a clever way to build an insulated smoker.



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Re: Any home built insulated smoker's here?

Post by Big T » January 11th, 2020, 10:53 pm

I'm not sure if there's an easy way to build an insulated cooker but Frank was selling a kit that was pretty simple to put together. I've seen pictures of guys smoking on their UDS with snow all around them so that might be an easy option for you.


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Re: Any home built insulated smoker's here?

Post by Dirtytires » January 12th, 2020, 1:12 am

A layer of insulation and a sheet metal wrap isn’t really that big of a problem. However, you seem to be happy with the green-egg so use it without regrets. Every pit has its use.....



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Re: Any home built insulated smoker's here?

Post by bjustison » January 23rd, 2020, 2:35 pm

The Gravity Feed smokers are insulated. I live in Delaware (18 degree F) and used my mini gf, it holds temperature great. I built it because my wife told me that I couldn't buy a Kamado. So I built my own smoker and got rid of her.



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Re: Any home built insulated smoker's here?

Post by JKalchik » January 23rd, 2020, 6:31 pm

My double pan GF doesn't radiate enough heat out the bottom to melt snow, and runs dandy at -6 F.

@bjustison: "Ah got a fishin' boat fer mah wife. Best trade ah ever made." :D I saw the builds for a couple of the GF smokers referenced on another site, and agonized over building one for several weeks, until my g/f reached across the table and belted me "BUILD IT! You know you'll use it!"


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Re: Any home built insulated smoker's here?

Post by Smokydokey » January 27th, 2020, 8:51 pm

bjustison wrote:
January 23rd, 2020, 2:35 pm
The Gravity Feed smokers are insulated. I live in Delaware (18 degree F) and used my mini gf, it holds temperature great. I built it because my wife told me that I couldn't buy a Kamado. So I built my own smoker and got rid of her.
:beer: Hey if I didn't find this one at a "surplus" place for $620, I wouldn't have one either!
I always figured the buddies of mine that have one feel that for $1500+ that they spent, they HAVE to rave and bragg about it.
As Dirtytires said, every pit has its use. I'm not sure I'd spend $1500 on one, but I'm certainly very happy with it for $620.



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