Started a new project this week. Making a smoker from a wine barrel.
This will be a cold smoker, mainly bused or fish and meat. Smoke will come from a 1 litre Smokai, attached to one side, as close to the base as possible
1 Secure all the staves with galv screws (or the barrel will fall apart as the wood dries out). ~200 screws required.
2 Cut around the circumference between bands 2 and 3 to make a lid
3 Plug the hole and fit a gasket
4 Add hardware: Hinge, chains for the lid, tabs to support the smoker racks (longer bolts at these positions) and three castors (1 braked).
5 Make and fit a plywood damper to the centre of the lid (to control smoke)
6 Sand and oil the outer wooden surfaces.
(maybe paint the bands black)
7 Buy and fit racks
Later on I may end up converting it to a charcoal smoker. That would require fire bricks in the base, a fire pan etc.