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Build Your Own Smoker on The Cheap….

Tired of the high prices they want for a smoker in the retail world? Ever wonder if there was a way to do it yourself?  Well, there is a solution. The video below shows Alton Brown, of The Food Network’s show “Good Eats”, demonstrating the building and the use of barbecue smoker made from terracotta pots.

A written description and break down of the project can be found at Dave Naffziger’s Blog.  One thing that is mentioned in the blog is that you should be careful as to where your terracotta pots come from.  Some pots are made with trace amounts of lead.

If you want a home made smoker with more style you could try this other smoker project. In an effort to get something that more resembles the pricey Big Green Egg the blogger at Zone 112 Project gang experimented and came up with this solution.

Little Blue Egg from Zone 12 Project Gang

The Little Blue Egg Project would take more time and skill to recreate but would make a nice smoker for far less than The Big Green Egg’s thousand dollar price tag.

With the glazing, however, I’d think you’d have to be more cautious as to where your pots came from.  Different ingredients are used to make glaze colors.  In this case, read all of the comments at the blog and do your research before buying your pots.

There are a host of other ways to build a home made smoker.  Some designs you can find on the internet are for building smokers out of galvanized trash cans, portable ice chests, iron pipe, cardboard boxes, etc.  In the end, the best smokers are the ones that will allow you to keep a steady heat at all times.

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