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THE FILING CABINET SMOKER: THE BUILD – PART 2

Sunday I tested my smoker for the first time.  This is how it looks at the moment.

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Ok… It’s not the most beautiful thing in the world but I do believe with a lick of paint it will scrub up quite nice.  But who really cares what it looks like?!

I thought that it might be finished but… unfortunately I discovered it was not.  I have, however, learned some lessons and by next week it will be ready.

This was the first time I have had an entire day on the weekend to really knuckle down and get some work done on the smoker.   Here’s what happened.

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The Filing Cabinet Smoker: The Build – Part 1

 So I have owned this filing cabinet for some time.  I have always had the idea that it would someday be turned into a barbecue smoker.  Time, money and the fact I have no idea what I am doing have all been factors preventing me from going forward with it.

February is the month I am finally going to get it done.  Most of you might just say “why don’t you just buy one?”.  I have considered doing just that but the main reason I haven’t is the cost.  If I am going to buy something like that I would want a good one and the good ones are certainly not cheap.  Secondly… Where is the fun in that?! I’m more interested in finding out whether or not this will actually work.  Ill keep a track of how much this costs too and see how it compares.  So far…. it has cost me £22.47 for the thermometer.  Think of this as an experiment or research.  Making slight improvements each month, maybe it will someday be a really great smoker (although I doubt it).  I know that it is unlikely to be the best smoker in the world but I am hoping that with a little help here and there from those who know what they are talking about, I might be able to cook a half decent brisket.  THAT… is the dream.

I am certain that many of you reading this will have fantasied about the possibility of smoking your own meat.  Many of you already have.  Whether it be a pork shoulder for pulled pork that melts in your mouth, barbecued ribs where the meat falls off the bone or juicy and tender brisket… everybody loves this stuff.  Maybe… If it isn’t a total disaster – I might just inspire you to build your own.

This is part 1.  I am going to treat this as a series – posting weekly updates and if you want to keep up to date… follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter.

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