Building a pellet smoker in your backyard is hard work but not impossible and if you wish to try it in your backyard this weekend, then we have the guide to help you out in your venture. Here are the steps that you would need to follow when trying to build a pellet smoker in your backyard:
The first step towards building a pellet smoker requires you to get a wire-feed welder which can be found in the market for a reasonable rate. You can either gas weld your pieces or you would need a 0.035-inch flux-cored wire for the welding. You can also weld with a 10-gallon stick welder.
The next step would be to weld the ends first and then cut door holes through it. Then, you would need a 2-inch hole saw to give it a nice touch. You can also use some best pellet smokers available in the market to make your work easy. Otherwise, you would need to cut the steel, you can use a saber saw for it but it would require a lot of efforts. You could also try the cutoff wheels on the grinder but beware because using it can send out a lot of sparks. The best way to cut steel would be to use a plasma cutter so if you have one, don’t even think about any other tool.
- Bare metal pieces
The next thing to do would be to get yourself drum sections made out of non-galvanized steel. You can get a local metal shop to do it for you, it would cost you not more than $200. You can also try a food-grade steel barrel for a better result.
Then, you would need to close the doors tightly and you can probably use the piano hinges to keep it sealed. You could also use pop rivets and sheet metal screws for keeping the doors tightly sealed.
You also need to attach the wooden handles to your smoker so that it is cool to touch and doesn’t burn you when you use it. You can use 5/16-inch bolts and brass spacers and then the handle needs to be sanded and waxed.
- Adding smoke management
Then you need to make chimney pipe of 3-inches for the chimney so that the smoke can be adequately managed. You could also use the low-tech firefox damper which is found at the end of a soup can and can be used to warn you about smoke. You will also need a water pipe to connect the firefox and the chamber and use the pipe union collars as the nut to secure the connection. To keep everything solid, you would need a bolt and a wingnut to lower it down.
Once you have assembled everything together, you just need to paint and build a hot fire inside the firefox to use. Now, test if your pellet smoker is working fine or not. You will need to oil up and stuff and once everything cools off, you need to wash your smoker and paint it with a new coat.