Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Mini-Smoker

Starting to work on a new project. A friend asked me to help him make a mini-smoker barrel. It seems that a smaller smoker barrel would work better for one person or those living in small apartments where space is a critical issue. I'll post results on the process as it comes along. Hopefully, I can make a small but efficient smoker that will work just as good as the bigger smoker barrels but require less space and perhaps be as inexpensive to make as the larger version.

The small barrel is a little smaller than an average trash can but should be sufficient to smoke a small brisket, a rack of ribs or a whole chicken. This smaller version should even fit into the trunk of a car. I plan to make one for myself to use on fishing trips to cook a meal while I'm catching all the big ones everyone else let get away!

Staying above the water line!



Pickdog said...

I like it!

klhrevolution said...

Even those who rent or live in apartment complex can make use of tips and tricks. I don't think too many realize that but being prepped does not mean for the future but also now! So it's important to cut cost and have tools that will have their worth ready and usable at hand.

Take what you got and make the best out of it or just keep walking with your eyes closed...

Good looking out for those in such situations! Nice to see you helping others and sharing it!

riverwalker said...

To: pickdog

I think it will be a different challenge for me to make a smaller version. Thanks.


riverwalker said...

To: klhrevolution

I think it is important that everyone be prepared. Unfortunately, a lot of people live in suburban areas or apartments and can't always take advantage of some of the things that people who live in rural areas or small towns take for granted. Thanks.


Anonymous said...

Just an idea..If you could put some latche's on the top,or a few hook's and a bungee cord with a lid on top.Then stash that stackable pot set you have inside,you'd have a portable cafeteria!Then a rack for smoked veggie's or such else.Add some handle's on the outside,toss it all in the trunk or back of the truck.I like it!
Dean in Az

riverwalker said...

To: Dean in AZ

Great idea but it is a pretty small barrel. I'll see what I can come up with as far as options. Thanks.


Steve said...

So what's the status on the smaller barrel? Did you find grates for it? If you need, I can pick some up for you at Academy.

Just a thought...I would keep the air intakes smaller (or three instead of four). Less area will require less heat.

riverwalker said...

To: Steve

I've gotten a grill grate and a charcoal basket grate already but still need a piece of expanded metal (6" X 24") to finish the charcoal basket and was planning to get a piece from you if there is still some left on the sheet of expanded metal from last time.

Going to make the charcoal basket shorter in height to keep a proper distance between the charcoal and the grill grate.

I plan on using two 3/4" air intakes with one 3/4 inch valve. This is based on the size difference between the regular smoker barrel and the mini-smoker.

I've gotten a top for it but need to do some modifications for a good fit. Still trying to figure out the best way to it without a torch. I want to keep it simple and able to be done with a minimum of tools and labor. Thanks.


riverwalker said...

To: Steve

Forgot to mention the size of the grates. The grill grate is 14 inches and the charcoal basket grate is 12 inches.


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