Smoker buildout

Smoker buildout

From Joseph Timm

Hello Friends! I am raising money to building a smoker or BBQ. The money will go towards the purchase of used propane tanks, heat gauges, and welding space. Anything you can give will help. Thanks so much!

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Update #3

about 1 month ago

I’m so excited to tell you if you didn’t know that the 14’ monster is operational!

I have cold smoked turkey, smoke-tisoried whole chicken, smoked ribs, brisket, and pork butt (shoulder). It’s been really satisfying to learn a new pit with so many possibilities. I've also played around with cold smoking garlic, a few kinds of cheese, and most recently salmon. All this I’ve been able to to do in my backyard in Northside, I’ve even smoked some ribs for a neighbor.

Don't get me wrong there is still plenty to do to call it finished but it is a working smoker. It still needs cutting boards, temperature gauges, another grease drain, and I have some upgrades in mind for next year.

I would also like to purchase some things in the coming year like a large fridge, a meat slicer, meat grinder, and sausage maker. I'm sure I'll have more ideas as well.

I wanted to say thank you to all of you who made this possible! especially those of you who put in hours working on it; Will Haack, George Lee, Greg Brew, Jeff Timm, Kevin, Alex Stave, Jeremiah Adams, Nick Throckmorton, and most of all Bryan Royle. this project would never have happened without all of your help. I must be about the luckiest guy to have so much help and support from you all! Thank you so much!!!

no, I haven't forgotten about throwing a thank you party. But let's do that when it's warmer out. I'll let you know what that event will look like when I have it all figured out.

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For years now, my family has had a tradition of smoking meat for family and friend gatherings. My dad (Steve) started it, and it wasn't long before that inspired me to try my hand at it. I loved it! I have since then gone so far as to cater friend's parties and events. I find the whole process to be both primal and relaxing. BBQ can be done so many different ways and styles that there can be a lot of creative expression.

Now that Shannon and I have a home, I would like to build my own to have at our house. I have a few buddies who are welders who are willing to help me build it. Why am I building one rather than just buying one? Well, the volumes I often do don't fit in most conventional smokers, and I would like to make some design improvements from what I've learned over the last couple years.

The money will be used to buy used propane tanks and things like the thermostats. If there is any left over I will use it to build fire wood racks, and maybe a paver or concrete surface to place the smoker on. Propane tanks range from $75-$1000 depending on condition and who is selling them.

Anything that you can give really helps and is very appreciated. I have set June 10th as the final date but  if I have not met my goal I may extend it at that point. The first step is to get enough funds to buy the tanks and misc metal to get the project started.

Thanks so much for helping me achieve this dream!

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Joseph Timm posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #3

I’m so excited to tell you if you didn’t know that the 14’ monster is operational!

I have cold smoked turkey, smoke-tisoried whole chicken, smoked ribs, brisket, and pork butt (shoulder). It’s been really satisfying to learn a new pit with so many possibilities. I've also played around with cold smoking garlic, a few kinds of cheese, and most recently salmon. All this I’ve been able to to do in my backyard in Northside, I’ve even smoked some ribs for a neighbor.

Don't get me wrong there is still plenty to do to call it finished but it is a working smoker. It still needs cutting boards, temperature gauges, another grease drain, and I have some upgrades in mind for next year.

I would also like to purchase some things in the coming year like a large fridge, a meat slicer, meat grinder, and sausage maker. I'm sure I'll have more ideas as well.

I wanted to say thank you to all of you who made this possible! especially those of you who put in hours working on it; Will Haack, George Lee, Greg Brew, Jeff Timm, Kevin, Alex Stave, Jeremiah Adams, Nick Throckmorton, and most of all Bryan Royle. this project would never have happened without all of your help. I must be about the luckiest guy to have so much help and support from you all! Thank you so much!!!

no, I haven't forgotten about throwing a thank you party. But let's do that when it's warmer out. I'll let you know what that event will look like when I have it all figured out.

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Joseph Timm posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #2

Hello friends!

Yesterday I picked up just over a thousand dollars in steel something I thought I'd never do as a WOODWORKER! this material will be shelves for inside the smoker as well as the rotisserie. that's right its gonna have a rotisserie! Bryan also Got the firebox attached so it keeps moving along.

Alas I have never done anything like this before and I'm learning a lot. However my numbers have been a bit naive. here is where were at:
1,050 for steel from discount steel
350 for the propane tanks
100 for grinder and sawzall blades, Yes so much grinding.
200 for shop rental/electricity
300 for weld in axel
50 for bearings for the rotisserie
300 for motor for the rotisserie
300 for hinge straps, and more grinder blades, thanks discount steel
600 Ebay axle kit (air bag system)
450 at discount tire for rims and tires
a little math will show you that put's us at 3,700 and we still have more steel to purchase for the legs and for a firewood rack to sit under neath. the grill section and for shelving outside the grill.

I honestly don't know what to say. Ya'all have been so generous already. I feel very blessed and seen and loved by so many. When I look back at all the things I own that really impact me, I realize they have been gifts and that I couldn't earn them.

Thank you all so much for getting me this far! I literally get chocked up talking about it. If you could spread the word I'd be so grateful. I can't wait to feed all your Beautiful faces!!!

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Joseph Timm posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #1

You all have really blessed my heart! I fell so loved and cared for. Bryan and I figured out how to make this beast of a smoker mobile last night but it may require adding to the budget. We want to put air bags on the axel so we can easily go from stationary to mobile by simply connecting to a pick up.

We haven't had a chance to chat numbers yet but as soon as I know I will update the page.

Thank you so much!

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