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I've long wanted to upgrade my current cheapo meat smoker to a sturdy offset, for a couple of reasons:
- I need more space. I can't cook a whole packer brisket on my smoker without having to separate the point from the flat.
- I want to start using wood instead of charcoal. Charcoal is great, but I want to level up.
While I could buy a pretty sturdy offset for around $500-$600 bucks, I'd rather make my own and learn something in the process. A lot of people (including this guy convert old propane tanks into smokers. You can find them periodically on Craigslist for a few hundred bucks, and the walls are as thick or thicker than most any smoker you can find for sale.
I'd like to try this, but I have no experience welding, nor do I have welding equipment. You can rent the equipment daily at a Lowes or Home Depot, so I may go that route and have a buddy come over and show me the ropes.
Anyway, this will be the most ambitious DIY project I've done to date. Anyone have any experience (or advice) on this sort of thing?