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Old Jail House Shower Converted Into Smoker
Harry Stracener has developed quite a reputation for designing and building one-of-a-kind meat smokers, which are used at friendly competitions and at his home near Buda, Texas. He recently turned an old stainless steel jail house shower into an effective smoker.
    “It started out as a 3-sided shower that was in the Goliad County, Texas jail. The showers were being changed out because they were obsolete, and I paid $50 for it. I wanted something different, and I ended up building 2 of these smokers,” says Stracener. 
        The steel box measures 6 1/2 ft. tall and 30 in. wide and deep. Stracener built a hinged door to cover the front opening, then used stainless steel tubing to build the frame and screwed aluminum onto it. He also welded metal brackets onto both sides of the box and set a metal grate on them.
     The burner sets on the floor underneath a circular steel pan and hooks up to a propane bottle located outside. Wood chips placed on the pan provide the smoke and heat. The meat hangs from a hook bolted to the smoker’s ceiling.
    “I soak the chips in water so they don’t immediately catch fire, which causes them to start smoking,” says Stracener. “I mounted a thermometer in the door by welding in a 1/2-in. dia. pipe collar and screwing the thermometer into it.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Harry Stracener, 514 Tanglewood Trail, Buda, Texas 78610 (ph 512 497-1151).

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #3