Steaks, burgers and hot dogs are grilled. True BBQ is a different art form altogether. Here''s frame. You can use old water pipe, rebar or even electrical conduit.
Barbecue, the traditional American style of cooking, is not to be confused with grilling, although the terms have become almost interchangeable in millions of American backyards. Steaks, burgers and hot dogs are grilled. True BBQ is a different art form altogether.
BBQ-style cooking developed largely in the American Southeast. People who couldn''t confuse this low-temperature smoke cooking, which is the essence of BBQ, with cold smoking. Meat that''t go above 100 F or so, and the smoking period is measured in days, not hours. A properly cured ham can hang at room temperature for months without spoiling--BBQ is meant to be enjoyed immediately.
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Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Traditional BBQ smoking is done in a brick pit, but there are all manner of commercial smokers on the market, ranging from very inexpensive sheetmetal water smokers to giant commercial-quality stainless steel contraptions the size of a small car (and costing almost as much). A good cook can make good BBQ in anything. I''m a certified welder, so it was easy for me. Several wire-feed welders are sold at The Home Depot and Sears, and you can learn to do simple welding with only an hour or two of practice. Salvaged materials will be fine for your smoker''t necessary--a square or rectangular one will cook just as well, although it will be a little tougher to clean.
Our smoke chamber is 36 in. long x 18 in. in diameter. I made the firebox 12 in. long, which adds up to exactly the width of a standard 4 x 10-ft. sheet of steel, minimizing waste. Conveniently, these are exactly the dimensions that allowed me to use some stainless steel racks meant as a replacement part for a Weber grill. You''ll clean up after we finish dinner, thank you.
Step 1: Welding
You can now buy a 115-volt wire-feed welder for a very modest price. All of the welding we did on this project was done with 0.035-in. flux-cored wire, although you can gas weld if the metal you choose is thinner. Alternatively, if you have an arc (stick) welder, 10 ga. is about as thin as you can weld successfully.
Step 2: Cutting
I welded the ends on first, keeping distortion to a minimum, and then cut the holes for the doors.
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A 2-in. holesaw gives nice rounded corners. I had to cut only three-quarters of the way around the openings because I used the unwelded seam for the bottom of the door.
Step 4: Cutting
The steel can be cut with a sabre saw, but it''ll beg, borrow or steal a plasma cutter.
Step 5: Bare Metal
Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for We had a local sheetmetal shop cut the pieces to size and then roll the drum sections for us, which cost about $200. You can use just about anything made of steel--as long as it''s time to build a hot fire in the firebox, and get all the metal hot enough to set the paint and burn off any mill scale and cutting oil lingering inside. After it all cools off, wash everything and paint the 1 last update 2020/06/03 the inside of the smoke chamber with vegetable oil to prevent rusting.We had a local sheetmetal shop cut the pieces to size and then roll the drum sections for us, which cost about $200. You can use just about anything made of steel--as long as it''s time to build a hot fire in the firebox, and get all the metal hot enough to set the paint and burn off any mill scale and cutting oil lingering inside. After it all cools off, wash everything and paint the inside of the smoke chamber with vegetable oil to prevent rusting.
Step 11: Build Your Own Backyard Smoker
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 Firebox damper door
 Firebox with tight-fitting door
 Smoke chamber with chimney
 Stainless steel grill
 Seasoned oak and apple wood
 Dinner—in about 4 hours
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