How to Build a Meat Smoker With a 50 Gallon Drum

Making a good, tasty smoked meat is always worth of applause. Over the years several techniques of this art have been made, but are not always useful due to the expensive cost of a smoker. Nevertheless, bright ideas, and incredible imagination are a powerful ally when making a homemade meat smoker. Nowadays, it's very possible for any person to device their own meat smoker out of a 50 gallon drum. Here's how.

Smoking your own meat is not a daunting task anymore.
  1. Choose the 50 gallon drum. It's better if this is a new one.There's really not much to say, because they all look pretty much the same, so choosing the correct one won't be a problem. As long as it is new, the track is free and fine for you.

  2. Using the blowtorch, make two large holes in the 50 gallon drum. These ones must be at the same height, and should be the same size (15 inches wide, 15 inches high).

  3. Weld the grill grid just below the two holes. Precision is needed in this particular step, because this grill grid will be the one holding to food from falling into the heat and getting burned. The space bellow the grill grid will be used for wood.

  4. Weld the two removed pieces of the 50 gallon drum to this one again. This doesn't make sense, but at the same time it really does. These removed parts will be used as doors, or gates, for the food. Just weld one part of the removed pieces; in other words just weld the top part.

  5. Using the blowtorch make a little oval hole in the 50 gallon drum. This hole will be used for the thermometer. The size has to match. You can choose the size of the thermometer you want, as long as it fits.

  6. Screw in the two wooden handles on the 50 gallon drum doors. This will prevent anyone from burning at the time of opening the little doors previously made.

About the Author

Manuel Páucar (Lima, 1978), is the author of "Chronicles of the Exile," a popular column in the Hispanic market. In his 18 years as a writer, he's published four books and received several awards, including a special recognition from the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Páucar attended the Andes Chef School in 1999, and studied theater arts at CTL Institute in 1998.