Let's Build a Smoker!

You may think , here at Make:OC we’re just about STEAM. But, our next meetup will be all about SMOKE! There’s a huge BBQ hacker community out there doing some amazing things combining cooking and electronics. 

Make 32: introduced us to the "Nelly Bly Smoker": http://makezine.com/projects/make-32/the-nellie-bly-smoker/

And the Make blog highlighted the “Smart Smoker” which is controlled by an Arduino: http://makezine.com/2014/04/03/smart-smoker-the-better-barbecue/ 

For our Meetup we’ll be making “Mini Weber Smokey Mountain Grills” . This is a competition tested, portable, compact smoker that can be used as an introduction to the world of home-built smoking. If you want to participate in the Build you will need to bring the supplies on the attached parts list. We will have drills, jigsaws, and a riveter on hand. Build time is estimated at 1.5 hours. During the build, we'll have some things smoking so you can have a taste of what to look forward to. Bringing a side dish would be cool!

Build Instructions and Parts List: 



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  • Arman B.

    @Dave I suggested that very same idea for a part two of "Let's Build a Smoker!". If we get enough members behind it I say lets do it, and maybe we can rope in some non-foodies with the technical content.

    July 14

  • Dave

    How did the build go? Meant to stop by but had a conflict. Just recently got a Traeger pellet grill and have been using it a lot but was thinking of putting in additional instrumentation so I could check temps remotely (over the web, already have a wireless monitor)

    July 13

    • Bequi

      It was great! Three smokers were built and good food was cooked! Chris Reyes smoked some corn, James smoked two chickens and some buscuits. Urban Workshop was the perfect venue and a good time was had by all. Blog post and photos on the way. Hope to see you at the next Meet-up!

      1 · July 13

  • James H.

    We just spoke with Urban Workshop about Saturday, they are excited about hosting this event. They also reminded us that people should use safety gear when using power tools. We are recommend bringing your own eye and hand protection. Thanks!

    July 9

  • Chris R.

    Some folks asked me "where to get the pot". I was able to pick mine up at the walmart in aliso viejo. I also recently saw one at a target, though I don't recall which one. The brand I have is "inmusa". If in doubt, you can always kind of test fit it on a smokey joe in the store.

    July 7

    • Chris R.

      But surfas has red velvet pancake batter ;)

      1 · July 8

    • Arman B.

      ooooo maybe that should be a backup plan in case something goes awry!

      July 8

  • James H.

    We have a date, July 12 at Urban Workshop. I will bring my smoker and smoke a chicken for eating.

    July 6

  • James H.

    I update the date for this event. I'm still confirming a location for the event.

    June 28

  • James H.

    I'm thinking July 5th starting between 12 and 1.

    June 25

  • Mike H.

    Any further thoughts as to a time/location for the build?
    Also FYI, just heard about this -- ChefSteps Barbecue class --

    June 25

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