Behold the JD-smoker! A Huge BBQ Smoker Out of 2 Barrels

2 Materials
$150
2 Weeks
Medium

Hi Hometalk! I decided to make my own custom BBQ smoker. I used 280L/80Galon, 2 adjustable intakes, 2 adjustable outflows and 1 real exhaust from Yamaha Virago  :-)


What's awesome about this project is that it is all made from junk I had. My goal is to gain some more DIY experience and practice my welding on thin metal. Think of this post as my beta test, so stay tuned for the next version!

behold the jd smoker a huge bbq smoker out of 2 barrels

Here's a photo of the freshly purchased barrels.

behold the jd smoker a huge bbq smoker out of 2 barrels

The first thing I did was, yep- set them on fire! Burn baby burn. This way, I would burn all of the chemicals & paint away.

behold the jd smoker a huge bbq smoker out of 2 barrels

Here they are, all burnt up and ready to go.

behold the jd smoker a huge bbq smoker out of 2 barrels

I cleaned them up, and stacked them right up on each other.

behold the jd smoker a huge bbq smoker out of 2 barrels

This is a photo of connecting the barrel & half ;)

behold the jd smoker a huge bbq smoker out of 2 barrels

I added a useful rod to hold the BBQ tools.

behold the jd smoker a huge bbq smoker out of 2 barrels

And picked up some Webber plates that fit perfectly!

behold the jd smoker a huge bbq smoker out of 2 barrels

Remember I mentioned the real exhaust from Yamaha Virago? Well, lets cut this off, this one won't ride for long....

behold the jd smoker a huge bbq smoker out of 2 barrels

Cleaned up and ready!

behold the jd smoker a huge bbq smoker out of 2 barrels


behold the jd smoker a huge bbq smoker out of 2 barrels

Aluminium turned handles

behold the jd smoker a huge bbq smoker out of 2 barrels

I spray painted the outside of the barrel a new black.

behold the jd smoker a huge bbq smoker out of 2 barrels

Added in some nice features like this counter space to hold tools.

behold the jd smoker a huge bbq smoker out of 2 barrels

It's looking good!

behold the jd smoker a huge bbq smoker out of 2 barrels

Client's feedback :))

Suggested materials:

  • Metal barrels  (Bought in factory)
  • Welding
  • Wood  (reclaimed)
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  • Kathleen
    on Feb 27, 2019

    Need more detail on welding and how you put your exhaust on. How you got your wire racks to stay in place. More step by step instructions would be appropriated. Great job, look fantastic. Just remember when doing a project step by step instructions. Thank you.

    • Joe Jones
      on Feb 27, 2019

      How do you know he didn’t put them? Hometalk edits this. There’s only one way to weld & that’s put the two pieces together and weld them at the seam. So it’s air tight. The grates stay in place with the dents/creases the barrels already have in them. He put the exhaust on the same way it goes on the motorcycle he cut a hole in the top side of the barrel and fit the exhaust to it and either welded it or he had a clamp that goes on an exhaust and a pipe that it mounts to welded to the barrel.

  • Dee Rice
    on Feb 27, 2019

    How can you be absolutely sure you burned all the chemicals away? Any trace of chemicals left in the barrels would get on your food which would be extremely dangerous.

    • La streight
      on Feb 27, 2019

      Hes absoulutely correct. If not satisfied go buy a smoker at store. Fires in future would also burn and destroy any ghost chemicals.

  • Violeta Salas cruz
    on Feb 28, 2019

    Can you put a guide step by step please, I’ll appreciate it !!!

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  • Dawn Ochs
    on Feb 27, 2019

    That is so cool!

  • Kat
    on Feb 28, 2019

    I LOOOVE MESQUITE SMOKED~ ANYTHING! Do You Deliver?


    That Smoker looks like A Transformer~ TOTALLY AWESOME!

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