Unlike most of the projects I’ve done in the past, this one is going to be a multi-poster. There’s just too many ins, too many outs. What’s the project? Turn a toaster oven into a high-quality barbecue smoke generator. Aaaaaand go!
First of All, Why Bother?
I’ll concede there’s a certain Zen-like satisfaction that comes from using only fire.Â Constantly tending and tweaking,Â making sure everything’s right.Â I’ve done that, and with some success.Â what I want now though, is consistency.Â I want to start the process knowing there aren’t going to be any headaches.Â I want automation.Â It’s a travesty I know, but I’ve come to terms with that.
Here’s what I’m going for. If I can get the smoker generator to do the following, I’ll consider the project a complete success. It should:
- Operate Unattended for 8-16 hours.
- Generate consistent smoke.
- Allow for adjustable smoke density
- Accept standard wood.Â (No custom bricks, no sawdust, etc…)
The design I’m going to try is pretty similar to what you’d see in a commercial smoker. The wood is on a ramp that leads to a heating element. A restricted amount of air is allowed to flow past the wood. Because there’s incomplete combustion, lots of smoke is generated. As wood is consumed, ash falls away and new wood takes its place. Gravity may be all I need for that to occur, but I’m guessing I’ll need to vibrate the ramp.
It’ll be interesting to see how it goes. Subsequent posts will detail the construction process, as well as testing and any re-design. If it all fails in a huge ball of fire? Well that will be covered as well.
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