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  • gijsveltman
    Club Member
    • Dec 2016
    • 201
    • San Salvador, El Salvador

    First cook on new smoker!

    Hello everyone! I started a new job in January which has had me busy busy busy and I haven't been able to cook as much as I'd like to. This weekend was different though. As some here know, I've been building (with lots help, of course!) an offset smoker with a 250-gallon propane tank I found in a scrapyard. Here it is, in all it's glory:

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    I got it trailer mounted so I could take it places, like this weekend we took it up to the mountains for a rib cookout. Here we are on the way up:

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    We certainly got some stares on the road! This thing cooks like a dream, so stable and consistent. I got a nice fire going using mango and guava wood and it maintained 250-275f consistently and without much trouble, most of the time both thermometers reading exactly the same temperature. Great cooker!

    Here it is getting the fire going:

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    Once up to temp and burning a real clean fire, I put 5 racks of St. Louis ribs rubbed with MMD:

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    It really is a thing of great beauty:

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    Sadly the ribs were done when it was dark and we couldn't get some good pics, but here they are. Honestly, I thought they were the best ribs I've cooked so far, and I'm rarely happy with my rib results. I served 2 racks without sauce (I liked those best!) and 3 racks with KC Classic sauce.

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    Such a fun cook! Can't wait keep taking this great cooker on many adventures!

    For the experts here, this should cure my MCS for a while... right?

    Cheers!
  • Santamarina
    Club Member
    • Aug 2018
    • 733
    • Wildomar, CA

    #2
    Beautiful! I’ve been on the lookout for a used 250 gal tank to do a build just like this...still looking. Love everything you did...from the giant firebox to that fat smoke stack and everything in between. Also, I too am a fan of dry ribs since visiting Memphis a few years ago. Can’t wait to see more shots of this thing in action on future cooks!

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    • gijsveltman
      gijsveltman commented
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      Thanks!
  • SmokingSteve
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 315
    • Mesa Arizona
    • SmokingSteve

    #3
    I'm not an expert, but in regards to having found a cure for MCS, I dunno...I think that might fall under the heading of fairy tales and wishful thinking! Although you could be correct that what you have done could possibly keep you safe for a little while!

    LOL!

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    • gijsveltman
      gijsveltman commented
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      Just for a little while, that's all I'm asking!
  • Ahumadora
    Club Member
    • Oct 2015
    • 2074
    • Pilar Buenos Aires, Argentina

    #4
    Great stuff... Glad you made your vision a reality. Later when you get time I will suggest a few tweaks and add ons that can be done to enhance your cooking experience.

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    • gijsveltman
      gijsveltman commented
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      Thanks for all the help my friend! Really appreciate it.
  • Henrik
    Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
    • Jul 2014
    • 4310
    • Stockholm, Sweden

    #5
    Great to see that thing fired up! I like the rustique look!

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    • Steve R.
      Steve R. commented
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      You guys put the rust in rustic.

    • gijsveltman
      gijsveltman commented
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      Thanks! Some people told me to paint it, but I like it the way it is!
  • TechSmoker
    Club Member
    • Sep 2018
    • 93
    • New Era, MI
    • Cookers
      • Grilla Silverbac Alpha
      • MasterBuilt 200772115 Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric Smoker, 30-Inch
      • Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black
      • Weber Spirit II E-210 Gas Grill, Red
      Accessories
      • Char Baskets
      Books
      • Meathead: The Science of Great Barbeque and Grilling, Meathead Goldwyn
      • Project Smoke, Steven Raichlen
      • Franklin Barbeque: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto, Aaron Franklin
      • Wicked Good Barbeque: Fearless Recipes From Two Damn Yankees Who Have Won the Biggest, Baddest BBQ Competition in the World, Andy Husbands and Chris Hart
      Favorite Meats
      • Brisket
      • Ribeye
      • Pork Spareribs
      • Bacon

    #6
    That smoker looks amazing! You really did a good job. I will have to pretend to know how good those ribs tasted. Now, if only I could find some mango and guava wood around Michigan...

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    • gijsveltman
      gijsveltman commented
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      The grass is always greener I guess! I've always wanted to get some oak wood down here, but it's a protected variety of tree so you can't get it. But fruitwoods, especially guava, are real nice.
  • Mudkat
    Club Member
    • Feb 2017
    • 2087
    • At a river near me, MD
    • Weber Smokey Mountain 14.5"
      Weber 22" Kettel
      Weber Smokey Joe (2)
      One Grill 45" Rotisserie
      Lodge 5 qt. Dutch Oven
      Lodge 10.5" Double Loop Skillet
      Cast Iron 9" Skillet
      Cast Iron 12" Skillet
      Weber 22 Grill Grates
      Home Built 55 Gallon Ugly Drum Smoker - "MUDS"

    #7
    Great job and cool cooker! One beast of a cooker that's for sure!

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    • gijsveltman
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      Thank you!
  • klflowers
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 3249
    • Tennessee

    #8
    That is a beautiful thing. Sad to say, though,I am pretty sure it has been medically proven that MCS is 99.99% incurable...

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    • gijsveltman
      gijsveltman commented
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      Well at least if I were to catch an incurable disease, I'd hope it was MCS!
  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 12714
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      SNS
      Pizza insert
      Rotisserie
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      Chefalarm
      Dot
      lots of probes.
      CyberQ

    #9
    Congrats on a successful build. I'm lookin' forward to many more cook photos.

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    • gijsveltman
      gijsveltman commented
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      Thanks! Will fire it up again this weekend!
  • NapMaster
    Club Member
    • Jan 2019
    • 589
    • Denham Springs, LA
    • WebberSummitGold6burnerLP, ShotGunSmoker

      Avid Armor Vacuum Sealer

    #10
    Excellent rig and I'm sure it's satisfying to know you made that rig yourself.

    How thick is the wall on a tank like that?

    Thanks ... Rhett

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    • gijsveltman
      gijsveltman commented
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      Thank you! It's 1/4" inch steel.
  • Thunder77
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 2747
    • Halethorpe, MD
    • Weber 26.75" Kettle with SnS. Broil King Baron 5 burner. Akorn Kamado, and Akorn Jr kamado. Primo Oval Junior. Love grilling steaks, ribs, and chicken. Need to master smoked salmon Favorite cool weather beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest Favorite warm weather beer: Yuengling Traditional Lager All-time favorite drink: Single Malt Scotch

    #11
    Awesome rig, and great looking ribs!

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    • gijsveltman
      gijsveltman commented
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      Thanks!
  • SonOfAButcher
    Club Member
    • Mar 2019
    • 64
    • South Carolina
    • Masterbuilt Electric
      Orion Smoker
      Coyote Built in propane grill
      Weston Pro Series Grinder
      Beswood 10in Commercial Slicer
      LEM 5lb sausage stuffer

    #12
    Wow...great looking ribs..When I got done with them,those bones would look like they were dipped in acid!

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    • gijsveltman
      gijsveltman commented
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      They looked like that after!
  • HawkerXP
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 5506
    • Virginia
    • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
      Thermopops
      Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
      Slo n Sear
      Cold beer

    #13
    Nice job! Congrats!!

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    • gijsveltman
      gijsveltman commented
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      Thank you!
  • Troutman
    Club Member
    • Aug 2017
    • 7197

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    #14
    DUDE !!! So impressed and yea a bit jealous...nice piece of work. Curiously though, how is that mango and guava wood on flavor, bet it's really good??? My Filipino wife claims you should save the mango trees for their fruit and not burn the wood, but I explain to her that sooner or later a tree gives out and it's better than letting it rot on the ground.

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    • gijsveltman
      gijsveltman commented
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      I agree with your wife on that one, but mango trees grow so large you have to trim them or they get toppled over by storms. So I got a LOT of mango wood from my mother's mango tree last year when she had to trim it down cause it was becoming dangerous. And it's good wood. But guava, that's my favorite, especially in pork. Can't use it exclusively though b/c it's a real strong flavor, but in a measured way I love the flavor it gives BBQ and like I said especially in pork. Real good!
  • MBMorgan
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 6192
    • Colorado
    • > Weber Genesis EP-330
      > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
      > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
      > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
      > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
      to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
      > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
      > Thermoworks Smoke
      > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
      > Thermoworks Thermapen
      > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
      > Anova sous vide circulator
      > Searzall torch
      > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

      > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
      > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
      > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

    #15
    That's an awesome looking smoker! Great job ...

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      Thank you!

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