Friday, November 6, 2009

Mini-Barrel Smoker - Doing a Burn-Out

While there are quite a few projects in the works, it was finally time to get back to working on my mini-barrel smoker. first thing needed was a proper burn-out! There was a lot of cleanup to do in the yard after some recent storms that left a lot of limbs and debris in the yard. No better way to do that than to use my mini-barrel to burn the limbs strewn about the yard. Clean the yard and clean the barrel both at the same time. This may be what they call multi-tasking?

Make sure you have the area clean around your barrel when doing a burn-out and putting it on some bricks or concrete pads will also help to lessen the chance of accidentally starting a grass fire.

RW is now officially a multi-tasker!

Staying above the water line!



Chief Instructor said...

I just spent some time looking over your tutorial on making these cookers. Great information!

One question: How do you add more charcoal/wood chips? I have a store-bought horizontal smoker right now with the charcoal section off to one end - easy to add more fuel when I need it. Obviously, when doing a long-term smoke on something like a brisket, I usually need 8-10 hours. Are these cookers for short-term cooking, or am I just missing something?!

Thanks again for the great information.

idahobob said...


Good grief, don't let the wife know.



riverwalker said...

To: Chief Instructor

My charcoal basket will hold 8 to 10 lbs. of charcoal but so far with a controlled smoking temp of around 250 degrees I've only been using 5 to 6 lbs.

This is usually sufficient to run my smoker for around 12 or so hours...more than enough time to smoke a couple of decent size briskets. Less fuel is needed with the lower smoking temperatures.

I generally use wood chunks instead of wood chips...they last longer.

Once you get the temp set where you need it, all that's left is to find something else to do while it's cooking. Things like emptying cans comes to mind. LOL


riverwalker said...

To: idahobob

She may have figured it out by now but I don't plan to remind her.LOL


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