Here's an instructable that will hopefully get some of you out there doing it. This is my first, so please be kind. Anyways, this instructable started when I was sitting in the couch watching the food network. The show was on barbeque smoking. I got the thinking, while I don't want to have the oversized 55 gallon smoker in my backyard, I wanted something that was appealing and can serve other functions. I looked into making a keg smoker, 5 gallon smoker, etc. But the one thing was that I had to get those and they actually didn't have the appeal. Then one day, my wife cleaned out our back patio. She emptied out pots that had dead plants. Well, it sat there for about a week. Though it was empty, it still looked okay to the eyes. So I thought, why not make something out of it and this is where the idea came from. I started looking around the internet for ideas. I found some, even instructables, but they didn't appeal to me so I'm creating one that's both easy to make and manage while it's being used. So here we go....
Step 1: Materials needed
a drill with a bit (any size will do). This will be used to tap into the top to put the thermometer in. I used a masonry bit.
dremel with a cutter. This will be used to cut the rivet off the handle on the pan.
hammer and tap. To knock out the shaved rivet on the pan
screwdriver. To separate the coil of the burner from the base
needle nose plier. To remove plastic and just in case you need help separating the wires on the burner.
1. Clay pot (not glazed). I used what I had, which was a 15 in diameter clay pot. I've seen people use 18 in. Your choice, but remember, you have to look for a cover or top for it.
2. Top. I scoured around the area to find this. It didn't take me long to find it. I went to a nursery and found a base that would serve as the top. When you're doing this, make sure to take the pot with you so you can see if it fits or not. Cost: $5-12 (got mine for $5 because it had a chip and it was dirty)
3. I could not find a burner in any of the stores that I thought would have it. Even Walmart didn't have it, so I ordered a single buffet burner online at walgreens.com. Cost: $10 plus shipping.
4.grill grate. This was easy. Home Depot. Cost: less than $10
5. (Updated) 2 stainless steel pan. This is to hold the wood chunks and water that will do all the smoking. Goodwill cost for both: $3.06
6. Wood chunks. This was again easy. Home Depot. Cost less than $6
7. Thermometer. Again, Home Depot. Cost: about $8
total cost (minus the pot and tools): about $44