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Old 05-26-2018, 05:08 PM   #1
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Default Old Style BBQ Pitt/Smoker Made From Stone/Brick

Iím looking for ideas on building a smoker that is not a pipe style but what our Czech ancestors used. When I would go over to my Great Auntís house she had a smoker that was built from brick or stone, before pipe was the primary material for smoker builds. Ideally, I would like to keep with this tradition and build a smoker that lets me keep this tradition alive and also add a nice build to my house. Iíve searched the web for ideas and am coming up short, if any of you have access to something like this and could post pictures and dimensions I would appreciate it. I would love to keep this tradition alive.

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Old 05-26-2018, 06:41 PM   #2
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I'm in for the build! Stone should keep a great temp if the mortar is done correctly. I think you will still need metal vents right? And assume the grates are metal. If you can build a chimney entirely of stone you can build a smoker....
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Old 05-27-2018, 06:38 AM   #3
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Old 05-27-2018, 07:48 AM   #4
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I grew up with my father cooking in a brick bbq pit. He also had a separate area where he would build coals. He would transfer coals from there to the smoker. I know this because as a barefoot kid I once stepped on some hot coals that had to have fallen off his shovel. I always thought it was a dumb setup, but no one could argue with the finished product. Everything from goat to figs was smoked on it and all of it tasted great.

I believe he used fire bricks for the inside and regular masonary bricks on outside, becase the heat does a number on them. He had grates from an old rock quarry that he used. And sheets of plywood that would be replaced ever few years for the top(lids). I say go for it. It's always cool to have something different than other people, will also give you a great conversation piece. Post a pic of the build when your done.
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:04 AM   #5
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no advice but following because I want to do this to one day
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:47 AM   #6
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I want to build a cinderblock smoker some day
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:53 AM   #7
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no advice but following because I want to do this to one day
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Old 05-28-2018, 12:58 PM   #8
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There was a thread on here a few weeks ago where a guy built a brick smoker

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Old 05-28-2018, 01:00 PM   #9
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It's in the ATC section and it's by Efren

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Old 05-28-2018, 01:15 PM   #10
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Although I'm sure that it isn't exactly what your looking for, Google Kreuz Market pit for some ideas.
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Old 05-28-2018, 09:52 PM   #11
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I also remember seeing these as a kid at my distant relatives in German/Czech country around Industry, New Ulm, etc. In for the build.
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Old 05-29-2018, 06:23 AM   #12
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Although I'm sure that it isn't exactly what your looking for, Google Kreuz Market pit for some ideas.
Thatís what Iím talking about, thanks for the info.

If anyone has something like this that could post some pictures and or dimensions that would be really helpful.
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Old 05-29-2018, 04:34 PM   #13
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My grandfather was born in 1914 and only spoke English when we were around. (Czech)
He had a BBQ pit that he made years back from stacked bricks. He had a small opening in one end where he built a small fire and then added small pieces of split oak one piece at a time. the top was a piece of tin that he would pull off and hang when he added sop to the meat. He only BBQ'd chicken, beef and pork ribs, and goat on it. I loved that BBQ. I will see if I can get some pics and dimensions.
There was no vent or smokestack. The bricks were stacked and not mortared and the smoke worked thru the cracks in the bricks and the tin.

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Old 05-29-2018, 04:55 PM   #14
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I keep saying I want to build one like this one.



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Old 05-29-2018, 04:56 PM   #15
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Love it....
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Old 05-30-2018, 02:14 PM   #16
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My grandfather was born in 1914 and only spoke English when we were around. (Czech)
He had a BBQ pit that he made years back from stacked bricks. He had a small opening in one end where he built a small fire and then added small pieces of split oak one piece at a time. the top was a piece of tin that he would pull off and hang when he added sop to the meat. He only BBQ'd chicken, beef and pork ribs, and goat on it. I loved that BBQ. I will see if I can get some pics and dimensions.
There was no vent or smokestack. The bricks were stacked and not mortared and the smoke worked thru the cracks in the bricks and the tin.


Have to correct myself.... The bricks are mortared together. Went out to the farm and looked at it. You just inspired me.



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Old 05-30-2018, 02:19 PM   #17
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Share with us when you cook on this
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Old 05-30-2018, 02:22 PM   #18
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Old 05-30-2018, 10:53 PM   #19
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This is what's I'm currently working on.
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:46 PM   #20
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Pops built this one about 30 or 35 years ago out at the ranch. Need some tlc, but still very functional.

The tall end on the left is the smoke chamber. Inside the chamber, there is a vertical pipe mounted from floor to ceiling with two 4' wagon wheels mounted horizontally such that they spin and you can access all the meat by spinning them around. Kind of like an axle and wheels stood on end, only the wheels would be mounted at about center-axle.

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Wagon wheel meat racks

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The fire chamber is separated from the smoke chamber by a concrete block wall. The blocks are gapped for good air flow.

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This end has the fire chamber. Access is the bottom door. The top of the fire chamber is lined with fire brick and has expanded metal over it so that it functions for grilling.

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End of smoke chamber is rounded such that it will accommodate the wagon wheels.

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It was all built with cement block then rocked with field stone.
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Old 06-01-2018, 06:11 PM   #21
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Nice looking setup


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Old 06-01-2018, 09:13 PM   #22
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Great thread guys
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Old 06-04-2018, 04:53 PM   #23
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hereís one I just saw at jelly stone in Kerrville


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Old 06-04-2018, 04:56 PM   #24
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Thinking of doing the same myself so I'll be following along.
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Old 06-04-2018, 05:55 PM   #25
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This is good stuff, I like it. Thanks for posting.
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Old 06-05-2018, 02:58 PM   #26
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subscribed, this seems like a very interesting thread
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Old 06-05-2018, 03:00 PM   #27
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I liked it too took several pictures of it from all around if anyone is interested I can post them up here


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Old 06-08-2018, 06:39 PM   #28
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Just curious, is there anywhere you can order the doors for something like this?
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:06 AM   #29
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Anyone?
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:17 AM   #30
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Probably a welding shop could make it for you or they may have prefabricated ones good luck


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Old 06-15-2018, 10:36 AM   #31
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Just curious, is there anywhere you can order the doors for something like this?
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Anyone?
These pits are "one off" custom builds. Your going to have to either make them yourself, or hire someone to.
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