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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
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    Idaho
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    Default Flower Pot Smoker Saga

    As some of you know I have built a flower pot smoker. (you can see my setup in the pits section)

    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.





    My smoker did not work well at all. 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.







    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.

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



    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.



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



    At 6:00 it was ready to pull.





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





    Success!

    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.

    Especially: peculiarmike, RubiksQ, Willkat98 and SmokyOkie


    -=fred=-

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
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    Wow, now that is one cool flowerpot!


    edited to correct spelling
    Last edited by JamesB; 08-10-2008 at 12:34 PM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
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    Carthage, MO
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    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.
    Plank Owner ..................
    I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian!



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    South of Tulsa Town
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    Outstanding, Fred
    dave - Little Dixie

    Brinkman SnP w/ Afterburner
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Poughkeepsie, NY
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    Very cool smoker... Great looking pork...
    CharBroil Silver Smoker

  6. #6

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    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.
    Josh
    AKA: Geek with Fire


  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Chicago
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    Don't thank me, sounds like you and Dad's ingenuity came through.

    160* max temp! Holy chit!!

    Great pictorial Fred!
    Bill-Chicago

    WSM, Bandera, Kettle, ECB, Kenmore Gasser 36qt Turkey Fryer

  8. #8
    Join Date
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    Tulsa
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    Doooooooooooood!

    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.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
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    South of Peculiar, MO
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    Fred, YOU ARE THE MAN!
    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!)

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

    "If you can't smell smoke it ain't a barbeque joint" peculiarmike

    TQJ Plankowner

    "Life's tough.....It's even tougher if you're stupid."
    - John Wayne

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Idaho
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    It dose feel good!

    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=-

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