Tuesday, March 27, 2007


My Smoker Project

A few months ago I decided I needed a more efficient and less labor intensive smoker than my current stick burner. I came across the Prairie BBQ Association Forum and started reading about gravity fed, insulated smokers modeled after the popular Stump's Smoker. Being from Texas, I has never seen or even heard of a Stump's. The closest think I've seen used around here was a Backwoods smoker. Anyway, I decided I would build my own gravity fed smoker and add a few modifications that I had in mind. I began drawing the plans and ended up with a cook chamber 40" tall by 30" wide and 24" deep. This was going to be big and heavy so I knew I would have to mount it to a trailer to haul it to competitions. After the plans were drawn I ordered the steel from a supplier I knew and prepared to start building. First off, I had to by a welder and learn how to use it. Yes, I had decided to build my own steel smoker and I had never welded a single scrap of steel. I bought a Hobart 140 at Northern Tool and a cheap plasma cutter from China off Ebay. Lack of experience had never stopped me from other endeavors. I had taught myself how to build and recondition old tube amplifiers just a few years ago with no experience in electronics. Before I knew it, I was welding decent beads and it was time to start my build. So far I have built the frame, drain pan and charcoal chute/fire box.
I think I have a few novel ideas that differ from the traditional "Stumper". I'm going to add a convection fan inside the cook chamber and well as a pellet feeder to serve as the smoke source. I've also decided on a tubular heat diffuser that will go across the full width of the cook chamber bottom. Construction is slow for it's cooking season and I've been going to a few comps. The weekends are about the only time I have to work on it. Maybe I should take a week off and knock it out.

Here is a link to a photo album with the construction picture up to now.


Looks Great Brian.... I was checknig it out the other day after you posted to the IBCA Forum. You are going to have one hell of a cooker when your done.

We liked your blog so much, we created one of our own. We are still in the setup/learning phase but it is there.

Brian, this is coming along so good. I can't believe you never worked metal before. Great Work. Check out our ghetto Drum cooker. I finished mine Saturday but we still have a little work to do on Tony's. It holds a steady temp. Will try a longer burn when I can.
Couldnt get on your link but am looking for the plans and formulin for adding a gravity feed to the smoker I am building based on a constant temp for the size of the sooking chamber. Thanks Grumpy
Hi Brian...I'm a late comer to the BBQ seen but would love to build my on vertical smoker that will incorporate some of all these unique features such as:

*Double Walled Etc.

However I'm not able to access your photos of the build are they still available?

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