DIY Backyard Smoker

There are a lot of plans available for building backyard BBQ grills but this is this is the first do-it-yourself smoker we’ve seen and it’s courtesy of Popular Mechanics.
They’ve provided a great step-by-step tutorial that requires a few tools such as a drill and cutter but otherwise it’s really straightforward and you can build this smoker in an
The key to this smoker is the 55-gallon drum which some people are turning into grills but also makes a great smoker.
Here’s the full plan.

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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  • Allison

    Good information here, but if we all use common sense we would avoid many injuries and ruined weekends! One thing I have done successfully is hiring a professional to show me how to do some of these types of projects. Best of both worlds — you learn the insider tricks but have someone there to catch the flying debris if needed.

  • BWood

    Am I stupid? I see no actual list just your typical commercial blog post intro with no information. Where is the actual list?