Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Bertotti, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. Scooter127

    Scooter127 Synchromatic

    Feb 25, 2019
    I don't even bother soaking them in water.

    For anyone doing proper BBQ, if you haven't tried brining the meat first you're in for a treat when you do.

    I have an electric smoker and I'll put my 'cue up against any. Smoke is smoke.
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  2. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    In the '50s, my Dad built his first smoker out of a 30 gallon oil barrel. Used a cutting torch to split it in two, welded on a hinge and a handle with a chain to keep it from flopping over, made a stand out of angle iron, and used a chunk of expanded lathe as a grille. We had a lot of sassafras for the flavor in the forest behind the house, and lots of oak to burn.
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  3. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    That was my intention as well, I scrounged up two 55 gallon drums but the sale and to many other projects made me reconsider. I will use one for a burn barrel and the other for a wood burning stove, another backup heater,
  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    There's a company that makes all of the cast iron bits that you need to use a 55 gallon drum as a wood burning heater. Legs, doors, chimney collar---the name that comes to mind is Sotz, but I may be totally wrong on that. One setup uses two drums, one over the other. I was warmed by one at a Scout camp eons ago, and they seemed to work quite well.
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  5. Flouswa

    Flouswa Country Gent

    You guys are making me hungry. And worse yet, it's supposed to rain all weekend and no place that is covered/safe where I can grill, so I'm stuck...
  6. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    USStove ?
    They seem to sell the barrel kits everywhere under different brand names. Price is very doable. Think I saw $70 bucks for the basic kit and $40 for the double barrel extension kit.
    That’s great, now I need one!

    Pic from Tractor supply who sells the extension kit for $30.

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  7. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    That's the one! As I remember, it worked really well. The upper barrel was mainly a heat exchanger and apparently made a big difference. I know these were used by the gov't. in isolated areas like radar sites in the Arctic and Greenland. As I remember, the bottom was lined with firebrick. It has to be bit of a PITA to clean the ashes out of it, tho.
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