Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Presenting DH's Project...

Drum roll please. Yes, I am very excited to show y'all what he's been working on for the last 3 months. I tried to take occasional pictures as he worked on it:

                                     

He put in lots of hours:


He found bits and pieces from the junk pile and molded them into usable parts:

                                    

He bought just one piece of flat metal for the firebox and end caps. On Saturday evenings and Sundays, this is where he could be found for a couple of months:

                                                 

He even designed a nifty adjustable damper to control the air intake:



He made the wheels from scratch too:

                                      

The grates slide in and out. Yep, he made those too:


He did buy the handles:

                                         

And he made a couple of tools:

                                           

Sorry bout all the pictures, I am just so impressed.

                                          

On Saturday, we loaded it up

                                

and moved it down from the shop:

                                                       

This rascal is HEAVY.

                                    

Here he is, installing the thermometers:

                                                             

He didn't work from a pattern. Just did a ton of reading online about people who build smokers and before long, his pile of odds and ends turned into this:


Then it was time to build the first fire to season the smoker:

                                      

Adjusting the tuning plates:

                                        

After 26 years of marriage, this man still amazes me:

                                                    

Basting the chicken:


                                                       

Now that the smoker is done, I have been informed that I am expected to learn to cook on it. :) I don't know. It's going to pretty hard to beat this awesome chicken!

                                      

And smoking a roast turns the meat into something absolutely mouthwatering. Next up, brisket and ribs, and salmon, and ham, and turkey, and ...

Good job Honey!



17 comments:

Dorian said...

Woohoo Karin, your honey did an awesome job!! Have fun with it.

Dot said...

That is one NICE smoker. Know you will enjoy all that comes out of it.

Pauline said...

What an impressive smoker! We have a small, electric smoker which we couldn't do without, or at least we don't want to do without. We now fill the 4 trays in it 3 times in succession and freeze most so we usually have enough meat to last about a month. What a treat!

Nancy said...

Excellent workmanship!

Your husband's engineering and creativity reminds me a lot of my brother.

You can see one of his creations here:
http://wyomingbreezes.blogspot.com/2011/12/all-aboard.html

and here:
http://wyomingbreezes.blogspot.com/2011/08/worth-something-someday.html

carol fun said...

It is only 9am and you have my mouth watering for dinner...I'll take a big serving of the chicken...LOL ...and no I don't choose to think of this as cannibalism.

Linda in TX said...

Wow! What a project and what a smoker! I can understand your awe and pride. My mouth waters just looking at all this smokin' potential.

sherry said...

i love that...can i come to dinner

Gale, Ky quilter said...

Wow! He is so talented . . . I love it!

Carolyn Sullivan said...

Well I'm impressed. Almost afraid to show it to DH, he has a smoker/grill, (and a grill) and is very handy in that same way. I do like those grates/shelves on this front.

Michigan Gal said...

I am impressed too! That is quite an accomplishment and to do so without using a pattern is amazing. You wouldn't want to see what I would land up with if I didn't have a pattern! lol (Think minions from Spy Kids!)

Dar said...

WOW, that is one nice smoker. Your honey is sure talented and ambitious. Does he have an available brother? That chicken looks delicious. Very impressive project.

laverne said...

Very impressive!That chicken sure does look good!

Cathy Smith said...

Yay!!! It looks fantastic! And the weather is finally having a few "cooler" days mixed in so doing the BBQ thing is is starting to come to mind a lot more often. Good job!

Shelljo said...

Think I will show this to DH. My Dad just gave him a welder, and my FIL gave him a cuttin torch. Maybe he'll make this kind of smoker instead of the brick one he built out in the pasture. :)

M. E. Stephens said...

Wow! That is amazing. :-) What a great addition to the ranch, and what a handy handyman! :-)

Jo said...

WOW..I am impressed. If we ever get the house finished I just might have to put a bug in my Hubby's ear. He'd love making one!

Denise :) said...

Cool! How'd he finish it? Was it high-heat paint or powder coat? He did a great job! :)

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