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Paul

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Custom built smoker
« on: December 20, 2012, 03:40:59 PM »
We built a smoker 28" x 32" 6 rack unit, all insulated. Going to burn it off the smoke condition it, then head out onto Sylvan for hopefully some whitefish to smoke. My cousin sent me some good brine recipes to try out. Just need to install a stack on it and it's gtg.

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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2012, 03:59:50 PM »
Looks nice. ;)

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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2012, 04:13:59 PM »
Looks real nice Paul. 

Let us know how the brine recipe works for you.  Haven't tried smoking fish yet.


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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2012, 07:13:46 AM »
As always,, top notch Paul..

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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2012, 07:22:15 AM »
Looks nice, you might be able to sell a few of those.

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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2012, 12:13:05 PM »
Very nice. What did it cost to build that? I just got a digital 4 rack as an early present, have some candied salmon in it as we speak.

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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2012, 12:36:39 PM »
Well can't really say how much for sure would have to figure it out but it was considerably less than buying a bradley 6 rack and it's about 5 times the capacity. Plus I can run it to 500 C no prob if a guy really wanted to hot smoke lol.

The main thing is it tweak it for heat control as it uses a propane burner. Gonna play around with it today a bit.

Bradley 6 rack is: 15 W x 11.5 D x 33 H square inches of smoking area on racks is 780 sq/in and price is $650

Alberta Sportsman Smokefest 2012 is: 28 W x 32 D x 60 H square inches of smoking area on racks is 5376 sq/in and price is wayyyy less than $650

Alberta Sportsman Smokefest 2012 winz!!!!
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Tuc

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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2012, 01:10:33 PM »
Paul, do you only have the one?

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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2012, 03:08:08 PM »
Paul, do you only have the one?

It's a prototype Ron, as you saw on facebook there's couple guys that want to buy one, so as long as I can get it working awesome I would build some to sell.

Just test ran it, burner is too big, going to put a smaller burner in it and try it again.

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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2012, 05:05:03 PM »
Paul- if you have problems sourcing a smaller burner, you might want to consider installing a needle valve in the fuel supply and simply pinching the fuel back.

The last one I built out of an old metal fridge uses a burner salvaged from a hot water heater and a hot plate. I use the hot plate to generate smoke and the burner to generate heat- particularly for sausage.

The pilot is on a 1/4 tube line and the main burner is on a 1/2" tube line with a modulating control salvaged from a dehy reboiler. I have to pinch the main fuel back to prevent overheating. It works very well for any type of fish, jerky, or sausage.

What I need is a cabinet like yours!!!

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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2012, 05:52:37 PM »
Ok thx, Ill keep an eye how you progress with it.

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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2012, 09:41:33 PM »
I am using a portable 41000 btu burner Doug, same deal 1/4" feed and 1/2 main, if I turn it down too low it goes out, best u can get is 250 degrees pinched right off. Not sure why it's going out I have a 2.5" air feed piped to the burner intake and a 2.5" stack should be able to choke it right down. I am going to try a 20000 btu tomorrow.

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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2012, 03:40:06 PM »
We built a smoker 28" x 32" 6 rack unit, all insulated. Going to burn it off the smoke condition it, then head out onto Sylvan for hopefully some whitefish to smoke. My cousin sent me some good brine recipes to try out. Just need to install a stack on it and it's gtg.

Great looking smoker. What/where did you get the burner?

walleyes

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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2012, 04:54:42 PM »
Great looking smoker. What/where did you get the burner?

Looks to me like its a small turkey fryer burner Huntnut..

Looking at it now Paul,, have you tried it,, just wondering how that rubber line will hold up under the heat..

By the way,, welcome to the site huntnut..

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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2012, 12:26:26 AM »
Looks to me like its a small turkey fryer burner Huntnut..

Looking at it now Paul,, have you tried it,, just wondering how that rubber line will hold up under the heat..

By the way,, welcome to the site huntnut..
Thanks walleyes.
Was thinking it was a turkey fryer too and was alos wondering about the rubber line. Great minds must think alike. ;D

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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2012, 09:11:21 AM »
The burner is from a propane fish deep fryer actually. It's still too many btus with the smoker being insulated it gets a bit too warm, looking for a smaller burner.

I had considered the hose and was going to hardpipe the burner, but there is a 2.5" pipe feeding the burner, the burner intake slides way up the pipe, and the hose is connected at the center of that intake. Therefore there is a contant draw of fresh cold air around the hose as the burner is lit, we tested the unit to 500 degrees with no issue. Once I get everything tweaked out I will probably hardpipe the burner.

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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2012, 09:41:20 AM »
When I built mine Paul I used one of the cast iron burners from CT, I am not sure it would put out any less than what you have there but it may be something to think about. I hard piped mine in,, the only thing is with these is they are not jetted down and I had to insert a jet into the end of it and with the help of the old stand by JB Weld to hold it in place. I as well had issues with keeping mine cool enough and after trying it with the Colemen rugualtor I added a 1/4 tun valve that I am able to choke it back to just a flicker and keep it where I want it.





You can see my fresh air vent coming in from the side as well,, fed it right up to the burner, I have a home built rugulator on it to set the air flow.









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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2012, 10:06:33 AM »
Looks like a good setup Terry, I couldn't find that style of burner at CT. I opened up a couple extra air holes at the bottom of mine and could probably turn it down more, I was having issues with the burner going out if it was turned to low and not enough smoke, I may have to lower my chip pan. The valve that came with the burner is 10 PSI regulator what's your gas pressure? Overall the design is good just need to tweak it out.

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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2012, 10:15:42 AM »
Boy, I'm not sure what the press on it is Paul, its just a Coleman regulator bought at CT. The same unit used to run all their equipment..

walleyes

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Re: Custom built smoker
« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2012, 11:28:31 AM »
Works great Justin..