Build using a wood stove

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Spicy Mike

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Has anyone ever used an old wood stove as the begining of a build? My buddy has a an old unit he wants to get rid of and this is something I've thought about for awhile since it is heavy wall and wouldn't bleed heat as much as a UDS. I'm thinking of using it for the firebox of course and sticking a drum horizontally above it via a damper and heat deflector plate.
#1 - February 22, 2011, 04:00:25 pm
Salad!?! Salad ain't food, it's what we FEED food!

Gizzy's Smokin Crew

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I think someone on this site has done that before. You might want to check the old posts
#2 - February 23, 2011, 02:07:14 pm
Gizzy's Q'N Crew......"FANG" Tastic BBQ
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I imagine anything is possible.
If you got the initiative and skills!
#3 - February 23, 2011, 02:15:44 pm


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Ha. Found the first...
I think he built another and posted another thread. If so, I'll mod this answer with the other link.

I don't think these are the only ones I've seen. Prolly on another forum...
#4 - February 23, 2011, 06:18:15 pm
« Last Edit: February 23, 2011, 06:21:30 pm by azkitch »
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Good find, Kitch. An old cast iron stove seems tailor-made to be the base of a smoker.
#5 - February 23, 2011, 06:40:22 pm
Mark Motta
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Spicy Mike

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Thanks Kitch. Those are right along the line of what I was thinking. I'll have to look at the stove and see what I can do. Not sure if I like the vertical set up as access could be a little more difficult than a horizontal set up although the heat may be a little more even. I'll keep you posted.
#6 - February 24, 2011, 08:44:49 pm
Salad!?! Salad ain't food, it's what we FEED food!


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MIKE, iv'e built a couple in the last 5 years. My favorite one i designed the firebox with our woodstove in mind-same size and shape,etc. We have been using this wood stove for the last 10 years so we pretty much have it down and thought it would be easy to adjust to the smoker/pit, which turned out to be the case!I went with a 24 x24 fire box attached to an old propane tank and we've been really lucky and happy with how it turned out! It burnes very clean(blue smoke) and only takes about 15 minutes to come up to temp! Looking back i could have gone with a slightly smaller firebox but a really like the extra space on top for a griddle,pots,pans, etc.Good luck and if you need any help feel free to e-mail me-PAT
#7 - February 25, 2011, 02:29:40 am

Spicy Mike

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Awright! I'm thinking I'm really onto something here now. It just makes sense as the heavier gauge the firebox, the easier it'll be to maintain temp. That and add the fact these old stoves were made to for regulating heat and we're set.  I'm thinking of sticking a damper in between the cooker and the stove as my buddy is pretty green to Q so it may make it easier for him to learn.

Do you have any pics of your builds Pat?
#8 - February 25, 2011, 11:48:33 am
Salad!?! Salad ain't food, it's what we FEED food!


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MIKE, i'll look for pictures over the weekend and e-mail them to you if i can find them!!
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