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Kilted Swine BBQ -- Smoker Designs


There are a few basic BBQ smokers designs:

(always check rules at any competition for styles allowed in a particular contest)
    Offset Smokers.
  • Indirect style clue: exhaust pipe same side as firebox (for example see: Lang Smokers)
  • Direct style clue: exhaust pipe opposite side of firebox (for example see: CharBroil offset smokers).
  • Direct off-set smokers may require tuning plates for even heating.
  • Water pans may be used in main chamber for moisture, but are not required.
  • Allows for larger cooking space which can accomidate whole hog style cooking.
  • Fuels: Wood, wood pellets, charcoal or split logs.
    Upright Drum Smokers -- AKA Ugly Drum Smoker (UDS)
  • Upright steele drum modified for indirect hot smoking.
  • Uses a basket to hold charcoal at bottom of drum with ash/drip pan below.
  • May include water pan, but not required.
  • Multiple racks for cooking rest above fire or water pan and also top of smoker.
  • Covered by vented lid to contain smoke in drum during cooking.
  • Temperatures are controlled by limiting air intake at bottom of drum.
  • Fuels: Primarily charcoal or wood with gas options for convenience.
    Vertical Water Smoker -- Sometimes referred to as Bullet Smokers due to shape of some models.
  • Uses water bowl to hold temperature down, add humidity and capture drippings.
  • Very temperature stable and require little adjustment once target temperature is reached.
  • Advantages can be low cost and availability at local retailers.
  • Multiple racks for cooking that rest above fire or water pan and on top of smoker.
  • Temperatures are controlled by limiting air intake at bottom or by gas control where used.
  • Fuels: Charcoal, wood, wood pellets, and gas (also can be dual fuel).
    Propane smoker.
  • Similar in design and construction to vertical water smoker above, but only uses gas for fuel.
  • Very temperature stable and require little adjustment once target temperature is reached.
  • Fuels: Gas only, with option for wood chips to add smoke.
    Electric smoker.
  • Similar in design and construction to vertical water and propane smokers above, but only uses electricity for heat.
  • Advantages can be specific programmed time and temperature cooking.
  • Disadvantage is that smoker will not function without electrical power.
  • Fuels: Electrical elements.
    Gravity fed smoker.
  • Similar in design and construction to vertical water and propane smokers above.
  • Advantages for charcoal include adjascent chute for loading charcoal that burns from the bottom and feeds itself.
  • Advantages for pellets include programming and temperature control.
  • Fuels: Charcoal or wood pellets.
    Insulated smokers.
  • Smoker models that utilize insulation to keep heat better contained and are better sealed.
  • Advantages include less effect of outside temperature during cooking.
  • Disadvantages can include higher price for a unit over that of a comparible non-insulated unit
  • Fuels: Any.
    Many smoker manufacturers also offer trailer mounted variations to allow for easier travel and convenience.
    Please check your vehicle towing capacity along with the loaded trailer weight before attempting travel.