DIY Hillbilly Smoker


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Who knew the same file cabinets that hold some of the most important information could also be used to make your next meal.  If you want to build a smoker or barbecue then consider making one from a file cabinet. It takes only a few hours, minimum tools, it works great and it the whole thing can easily cost $20 - $40...if you don't have to buy the tools or if you have a little creativity.


Here is a list of what you will need to build a file cabinet smoker/barbecue:

A four drawer vertical file cabinet (get for free off craigslist.com)
2" x 1" x 16" piece of wood x15
Chicken Wire or 1/2" Hardware Cloth
Reflectix Duct Wrap Insulation (optinal) $8.00 for 25' x 4' at Lowes
Wire Coat Hangers x2
Wire Cutters
A Corded Drill
An old pot or pan or coffee can
1 3/8" stepped drill bit $9.95
1100 W electric hot plate $13.99
4 barbecue thermometers $12.99 for two
Cooling racks x2 $9.95
Mesquite wood chips $3.99 for 3 lbs

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