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how to build a drum smoker

gonna try to put this all in one spot, this is my drum, there are many versions, this is mine


here we go heres my smoker. it started as a new unlined open top drum, cost was about $60 from penn barrel inc in pittsburgh



you have to put 3 airholes on the bottom. i measured the drum circumfrence(around the drum) and divided by 3. my holes are 23inches apart and 2 1/2 in up from bottom



i ball valve from harbor frieght $8



2 capped airholes, these are from lowes, dont remember the price.



to drill these holes you can use a step drill bit, avalible from harbor frieght $8

the charcoal basket is 2 peices of expanded metal from home depot cost about $20. i connected the two peices with stainless nuts and bolts from home depot





the bottom of my charcoal pan is a weber grill top from a old smokey joe grill

the basket is 12inches tall 14 inches accross and the grate sits 4 inches from the bottom.

i have two cooking grates the bottom one is 16 inches from the top of the coal pan.

i am gonna through some links to other post as they have alot of pictures also

some smoker upgrades

some good pictures here

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Re: how to build a drum smoker

just want to add, use stainless bolts in you drum.

also the weber lid sometimes doesnt fit, i got the lid from my uncles junk pile so it was free, i had to flattin the lid to make it fit. it seals great but i use 3 clamps to hold it tighter, i will take some pictures of the lid in awhile, i have two so you can see the difference

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Re: how to build a drum smoker

heres some pictures of the two lids, you can see how i flattened the lip on the one, i used pliers and a rubber hammer

heres a shot of how the lid originally looked



heres the flattened one



heres a side by side



i would look for a used weber kettle on craigslist, you need the 22.5 model

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