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fredrogers
08-09-2008, 11:40 PM
As some of you know I have built a flower pot smoker. (you can see my setup in the pits section (http://www.theqjoint.com/forum/showthread.php?p=12137#post12137))

I had planed to cook for 8 family members for the maiden meal. On Friday I found out that there would be 3 more people including my sister-in-law who's birthday dinner I would be making. The presser was now on.

Wisely I deiced to test my smoker on Friday night to make sure the meal would go off with out a hitch.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e252/fredrogers_photos/Pulled%20Pork/0808081557a.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e252/fredrogers_photos/Pulled%20Pork/0808081746a.jpg

My smoker did not work well at all. :tap: It would not get much hotter then 160 deg. I am guessing that the clay in the flower pot collected the heat and tripped the hotplate's thermostat.

Fortunately I was at my Fathers house and he is a wizard at problem solving. He had an aquastat that was salvaged from a large water heater.

We then hotwired the hotplate to bypass its thermostat. Next we hooked up the digital controls using 2 temp sensors, the logic controller and an old work box with a outlet in it.


http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e252/fredrogers_photos/Pulled%20Pork/0809080831a.jpg


http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e252/fredrogers_photos/Pulled%20Pork/0809080848b.jpg

Now I could program in any temp that I wanted and still keep my setup from over heating. When the temp in the smoker hits the pre-programed point the controller would turn off the hotplate. Then as the temp dropped the controller turns the hotplate back on.

Problem solved.:woohoo:

I stated the pork at 6:30 am and by noon it was looking good.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e252/fredrogers_photos/Pulled%20Pork/0809080956a.jpg

Another benefit to the aquastat is that it had 2 temp sensors.Since it is made to work in culinary water supply it was save to put in my roast. Once my pig had reached 155 deg I foiled it.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e252/fredrogers_photos/Pulled%20Pork/0809081154a.jpg

By 4:00 pm the roast was 200 degs and ready for a rest.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e252/fredrogers_photos/Pulled%20Pork/0809081615a.jpg

At 6:00 it was ready to pull.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e252/fredrogers_photos/Pulled%20Pork/0809081821a.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e252/fredrogers_photos/Pulled%20Pork/0809081915a.jpg

Not too long after that it was on everyone's plates.


http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e252/fredrogers_photos/Pulled%20Pork/0809081921a.jpg


Success! :eating:

I had made 2 different bar-b-que sauces in preparation for this meal. I also made buttermilk coleslaw, baked beans and corn on the cob.

The meal was a smashing hit! Every one fawned over the pulled pork.


I want to thank everyone on the forum that helped me learn so much in such a short time.
:sign0092:
Especially: peculiarmike, RubiksQ (http://www.theqjoint.com/forum/member.php?u=8), Willkat98 (http://www.theqjoint.com/forum/member.php?u=10) and SmokyOkie (http://www.theqjoint.com/forum/member.php?find=lastposter&t=1247)


-=fred=-

JamesB
08-10-2008, 12:03 AM
Wow, now that is one cool flowerpot!


edited to correct spelling

PigCicles
08-10-2008, 04:45 AM
Super job on over coming the obstacle of temp control. That flower pot is ready to serve for the better good of Q now!

Food looks great too. Thanks for sharing.

Teaser
08-10-2008, 06:40 AM
Outstanding, Fred :wow::thumbs up:

seaham358
08-10-2008, 08:00 AM
Very cool smoker... Great looking pork...

Geek with Fire
08-10-2008, 03:14 PM
I'm impressed! Very nice setup.

How did you remove the lid when you needed? I've always thought about building one of them but I am so accident prone, that sucker would be broken in a week.

Willkat98
08-10-2008, 08:12 PM
Don't thank me, sounds like you and Dad's ingenuity came through.

160* max temp! Holy chit!!

Great pictorial Fred!

SmokyOkie
08-10-2008, 09:51 PM
Doooooooooooood!:wow: :monkey:

Your dad made a Guru for a flower pot. I gotta meet him.

And that pork! I can't wait to see what your dad helps you do with your drum.

peculiarmike
08-10-2008, 10:14 PM
Fred, YOU ARE THE MAN! :wings:
Outstanding job. Great pics.
And good ol' 'Mericun ingenuity at work! Way to go Dad!
I want the blow by blow particulars on the temp control build. Parts, how to, etc.! Looks like something I need for my drum.
Dang son! Ya done good!!!
(See. We're not just a bunch of pretty faces here at The Joint!) :msn-wink:

Don't you feel good when a plan comes together???

:wow: :thumbs up: :thumbs up: :thumbs up:

fredrogers
08-11-2008, 10:05 AM
It dose feel good! :wings:

I am still amazed that not only did I get to make something I love to eat, but I made the device it was cooked in.


And yes my Dad is the man. He is sharp as a tack and loves to tinker with stuff. Family is the best!


-=fred=-

fredrogers
08-11-2008, 10:08 AM
I'm impressed! Very nice setup.

How did you remove the lid when you needed? I've always thought about building one of them but I am so accident prone, that sucker would be broken in a week.

I used bare hands the first few times but by the end I needed oven mitts. But the next time I think I will just use my leather work gloves for better grip.

-=fred=-

peculiarmike
08-11-2008, 10:19 AM
It dose feel good! :wings:

I am still amazed that not only did I get to make something I love to eat, but I made the device it was cooked in.


And yes my Dad is the man. He is sharp as a tack and loves to tinker with stuff. Family is the best!


-=fred=-

Now you are hitting on the very bottom line of this hobby. This is why The Joint is here. :msn-wink:

Willkat98
08-11-2008, 10:34 AM
But the next time I think I will just use my leather work gloves for better grip.



I would also wear a pair of Chaps, but thats just me

:blushing:

fredrogers
08-11-2008, 03:39 PM
I would also wear a pair of Chaps, but thats just me

:blushing:

:roflmaoha0:

peculiarmike
08-11-2008, 07:13 PM
Ya gotta watch him Fred!

TX Sandman
08-12-2008, 10:53 AM
Congrats, Fred! Definitely looks like a success! :thumbs up: :woohoo:


Now you are hitting on the very bottom line of this hobby. This is why The Joint is here. :msn-wink:

:whathesaid:

jts70
08-12-2008, 11:39 AM
Great job! Looks like your dad really came thru! Congrats on a job well done.

californiasmokin
09-02-2013, 01:24 PM
Proof that you don't need an expensive cooker to put out good food.