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All Things Food / Re: Weber kettle conversion to smoker
« on: March 13, 2012, 09:31:28 AM »
Good point.  But for $14 they're also well worth a shot.

For my boy's 1st birthday maybe I'll be set up to smoke some brisket!

All Things Food / Re: Weber kettle conversion to smoker
« on: March 13, 2012, 09:13:53 AM »
Hmm... Hadn't thought of a water heater.  I just replaced mine a couple months ago.

I kept the burner with the thought of someday using it to fire a kettle, but I know that's a project I will never get around to.  NEVER.

I don't know that the food grade drums are stainless.  They were used to hold ice-cream and/or juice according to the posting.  We shall see.

All Things Food / Re: Weber kettle conversion to smoker
« on: March 13, 2012, 07:56:17 AM »
I found some food grade drums on craigslist for $14.  $20 if you want the locking lid.

It's a bit of a drive to get them, but beats paying $50 for sheet metal.

I think I'll get two, just because the drive is so long.

I may still try to play with the stainless I have in the garage, but it seems like the UDS may be the way to go.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch 500
« on: March 13, 2012, 07:44:26 AM »
And all I did was ask about "all grain" as possibly being a changing point in his brewing carrier. Sorry, but it seems we are on the same page.

Maybe it's more about how you asked.

FWIW, I've been brewing for around 20 years and do not brew all-grain.

For most of the time, I've not been particularly interested in taking "that last big step."

I have my process down, I know my equipment and I'm making and enjoying great beer.

I have an old cooler I can convert, and have thought about it, but frankly making the change would require an effort and adjustment (change of process, dialing in efficiency, etc.) that I'm not willing to make right now. 

I've got enough other things to do and I want my brew day to be as smooth and reliable as possible.  Right now, I'd rather spend my free time building a smoker.

After 500 batches, I'm sure this guy knows what he's doing and has it dialed in.

All Things Food / Re: Weber kettle conversion to smoker
« on: March 12, 2012, 09:37:14 AM »
Thanks, fellas.

The smokenator looks intriguing.

Don't know why I didn't think of McMaster Carr.

There's still one piece of sheet metal stashed in the garage I can't get to, but it also might be galvanized.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got the cops called on me!
« on: March 11, 2012, 06:51:42 PM »
I had a neighbor call the cops when we were unloading motorcycles after a road trip.  Nothing even close to illegal. 

I grew up here as did the guy I was with.  The cop who showed grew up down the street. His partner did not, and gave us the evil eye. 

Who knows whats up with neighbors?  And no way that cop searches the trailer.  I'm sure he could find something to hassle us with if he wanted to.

As it was, he said f the neighbors, but hurry up. And he wouldn't say who called, which is just as well.

All Things Food / Re: Weber kettle conversion to smoker
« on: March 11, 2012, 05:30:57 PM »
I think the ez-smoke is like $300.

The thunderbelly is no longer available.

Haven't seen too many more.

For $300 I'll just get a char broil or a masterbuilt and modify it.

All Things Food / Re: Weber kettle conversion to smoker
« on: March 11, 2012, 05:01:29 PM »
I've read the same thing, but I'm skeptical.

I'm trying to find some regular old rusty sheet metal.  If I can find uncoated aluminum I might go with that.

All Things Food / Re: Weber kettle conversion to smoker
« on: March 11, 2012, 03:38:13 PM »
I haven't built it yet...

But I don't imagine over 250.

All Things Food / Weber kettle conversion to smoker
« on: March 11, 2012, 08:28:34 AM »
So I dug through the garage for some sheet metal to build an extension on top of my kettle to better use it as a smoker.

Unfortunately, I have only galvanized sheet metal.

I've read that the heat from the smoker won't get hot enough to release the zinc coating, but I'm skeptical.

Lowes sells sheets of aluminum, but I think that is also coated with something.

Any thoughts?  Is galvanized a super-bad idea?  Is aluminum just as bad?

I can probably find some sheet metal that's not coated, but not in my garage (I have some stainless, but I think it's very thin and I stashed it way up in the rafters and buried it under a bunch of other junk last summer).

Equipment and Software / Re: Exploding fermenters!
« on: March 09, 2012, 07:52:58 PM »
Photos of the aftermath would be cool.

I've never exploded anything, at least not with fermentation.

I suppose one bottle that cracked from too much carb, but no explosions.

All Things Food / Re: anybody have a weber?
« on: March 09, 2012, 02:31:57 PM »
Exactly.  I saw on the other thread where Tom was looking for one on Craigslist and took a look myself.  It was inspiration.

There's lots of them out there.  This one was a good deal and only 10 minutes away from work.  I drove over on lunch, tossed it in the trunk and all was good.

All Things Food / Re: anybody have a weber?
« on: March 09, 2012, 09:55:04 AM »
On a happier note I saw a 22.5" Weber Kettle at Lowes for $99 yesterday.

I just bought a lightly used 22.5" off craigslist for $20.  It even came with charcoal.

I felt like I was robbing the poor lady but she was glad to get rid of it.

It's older, with wood handles.  But I kinda like that.  It's been well cared for and is almost like new.

It will replace the even older one sitting in my yard which I will seek to modify and repurpose as a dedicated smoker.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Cases! Help!
« on: March 09, 2012, 09:51:35 AM »
I've got bottles in a variety of different containers including wine boxes, milk crates and two cases of some plastic crate things made especially for bottles that someone gave me.

I keep mine up off the floor on a raised platform (at least now I do, I did not always) so moisture is not necessarily an issue.

Honestly, I've found that wine cases are really ideal.  They're stackable (to a degree) and hold bombers perfectly.  If they get wet and need to be tossed you can get more for free at Binny's.  They're sturdy and they are meant to hold full bottles.

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: March 08, 2012, 09:18:48 AM »

Dirty Harry don't eat no ketchup on no hot dog.

I don't argue with Clint.

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