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Homemade drum smoker (pic heavy)

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by G31, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. G31

    G31 Millennium Member

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    1 recently emptied drum of racing fuel, a few pieces of scrap metal, and one bored person...

    I used a closed head drum for this. A little patience with a Sawzall and the top came off perfectly. I decided against the angle grinder w/ cutoff wheel because of sparks. Probably a good idea...

    Before paint
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    After I sprayed it with a 1/2 a qt. of black high heat paint
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    Here are some of the fine details...
    I cut a piece of another empty drum to make the air inlets and exhaust
    inlet on bottom (1 of 4). I need to add some sort of tab to each for a handle.
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    exhaust outlet (used the 2" opening in the drum for this). I welded a nail to the top as a handle.
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    one of the outside handles. I used FCAW to weld the 2 pcs of angle iron into a channel, which is why it's a little splattered.
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    Nice! But WTF is FCAW? :dunno:
     

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    flux core arc welding
     
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    Inside the drum...

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    Cooking grill support made from hex head bolts. I welded the nut onto the drum and cut the hex bolt down.
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    Fire/coal box:
    I made this out of scrap metal from another drum and some welded wire fencing (cattle fence). Even on the lowest setting, it was easy to burn through the wire with the welder. This was the biggest PITA of the whole project. The crossbar is 1/4" angle iron so I can hook it and pull it out to empty/clean it.
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    sitting in position at bottom of grill
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    and it sits on heavy duty casters:
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    Total cost to me...$20. (I had the casters, so it saved me $12)
     
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    What he said. It doesn't require shielding gas (MIG welding), but is a little harder to work with if you don't do a great job prepping the metal first. The wire actually makes its own gas as it melts.
     
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    Thank you! :wavey: