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  1. #1
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    Default anyone made a gas drum smoker

    I'll probably get asked to leave this forum but I have to ask, has anyone made a gas drum smoker and if so how does it run?

    I just sold my first drum smoker to a customer and he has bought another one for a friend of his that wants gas, no ifs, buts or maybe's its gotta be gas, I thought this might be the right place to ask as I'm sure someone must have tried it? any ideas/

    Cheers Stevo

    P.S. here's my latest one plain and simple

    finished drum smoker top view.jpg
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    Never heard of a gas drum, I guess you will have to pioneer that one. Keep us posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joneser View Post
    Never heard of a gas drum, I guess you will have to pioneer that one. Keep us posted.
    Looks that way, I'm thinking of using a cast iron single gas burner, can get em for $24.95 from the camping store, I 'll leave the gas tap and induction intake sticking out through an air vent in the side of the drum, make a stand over the burner and place a steel smoker box with the soaked wood inside, I'm guessing I'll have to run it down real low

    single gas burner.jpg


    will keep you posted, with pics


    Cheres Stevo
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    You will want to make sure you have enough air intake for clean combustion. Possibly think about a diffuser plate to even out the heat.

    You may need to put an inline needle valve to get the temps to maintain. There have been some issues with the gas smokers running too hot. That may or may not be a problem with a drum.

    Do your homework on the air intake requirements before starting would be my major advice.
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    I'll probably get asked to leave this forum
    Yup, your right!
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    I don't know what the actual temp is, but it cooks the way I want it to, so I don't guess it really matters.

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    So, think about the drum and what makes it what it is. The grease/drippings drip down into the charcoal fire and add that "grilled" flavor to the smoke flavor to produce the excellent drum cooked flavor.
    Now. That grease/drippings is going to drip down into the gas burner and it's going to be flare-up city seems to me.

    I just don't see a gas drum being doable. Nor desirable.
    And maybe dangerous.
    And then again, it might be the best thing since sliced bread.
    But it won't be a drum smoker.

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

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    I the US, all gas cooker are required to be totally open in the burner area.

    The reason is that is the flame consumes enough oxygen, the flame will be extinguished, but the gas will continue to flow, and that spells possibility of explosion, not to mention bad Q.

    The only way to build a safe, efficient gas drum would be to pretty well remove all the side metal at the bottom from about 2" above the burner level down.

    Then you would have the basic equivalent of a round, large GOSM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PigCicles View Post
    You will want to make sure you have enough air intake for clean combustion. Possibly think about a diffuser plate to even out the heat.

    You may need to put an inline needle valve to get the temps to maintain. There have been some issues with the gas smokers running too hot. That may or may not be a problem with a drum.

    Do your homework on the air intake requirements before starting would be my major advice.
    The intake on the cast iron burner in the picture is about 1 inch wide with a screw in adjustable tap with built in jet , I figure if I have this hanging just outside the drum it will provide enought air for the flame to burn properly, I had thought about using a water dish as a diffuser but only if all else fails.
    for the advice PigCicles
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bbq Bubba View Post
    Yup, your right!

    lets run a poll, "should Steve be asked to leave the drum smoker forum cuz he asked how to use gas on a drum smoker"
    or should he prove if it works or not?? that way anybody else wont be stupid enough to try it, just remember the Wright brothers had to start somewhere

    for the feedback Bbq Bubba, I appreciate it.
    Last edited by SDJ1; 07-03-2009 at 03:41 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peculiarmike View Post
    So, think about the drum and what makes it what it is. The grease/drippings drip down into the charcoal fire and add that "grilled" flavor to the smoke flavor to produce the excellent drum cooked flavor.
    Now. That grease/drippings is going to drip down into the gas burner and it's going to be flare-up city seems to me.

    I just don't see a gas drum being doable. Nor desirable.
    And maybe dangerous.
    And then again, it might be the best thing since sliced bread.
    But it won't be a drum smoker.

    Reckon ifn I adds a slightly conical ss metal plate fairly high over the burner the drippins will still fall down and contribute to that bbq flavour, (I may be wrong, often am)
    regarding dangerous; I'll be carefull and wont drink before experimenting.
    I dont like sliced bread, prefer to slice my own.
    even if it blows up, it will be a drum and there will be smoke, on my porch, my roof and where ever I land

    for the advice peculiarmike
    Last edited by SDJ1; 07-03-2009 at 03:53 AM. Reason: clarification
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