by Phil McGrane
In 2010, I decided to get into competition barbecue. To be successful I needed a decent quality smoker. I could have bought one, but where's the fun in that? So, while attending law school I began building a smoker using my Lincoln Electric Pro-Core™ 100 wire feeder welder (current model is Easy-Core™ 125).
Since I wanted to use the MIG welding process for the project, I installed a K610-1 MIG Conversion Kit in my Pro-Core™ 100 [the Pro-Core™ 100 was configured at the factory for flux-cored welding].
After 9 months of work, the smoker was operational. I welded until three o'clock in the morning the night before my first barbecue competition and ran out of welding wire before I was done!
The best part about building a smoker is that after each competition you can make adjustments. Recently I made some final modifications and put on the finishing touches.
The success I have had in barbecue using my smoker would not have been possible without my Lincoln Electric welder. Thanks for making functional and affordable products for weekend warriors like me.
View more photos of the smoker on the Phil & Lou BBQ Facebook page
*The above project images and descriptions have been published to show how individuals used their ingenuity for their own needs, convenience and enjoyment. Only limited details are available and the projects have NOT been engineered by the Lincoln Electric Company. Therefore, when you use the ideas for projects of your own, you must develop your own details and plans and the safety and performance of your work is your responsibility.