Apologies if this is not the most relevant forum for this. If it needs to be moved elsewhere I will have no problem with that.
I view a smoker as being right up there with cast iron in terms of cooking equipment and ours has finally begun to finally wear out. Rust is what killed it. 80% humidity is a normality here, and the metal just hasn't been able to take it.
So I am starting to think about cob, and how for the price of a brand new one, I can build a better one out of cob. Never built anything with cob in my life. But it seems like a fun project. Its ability to maintain heat is great for a smoker. The important thing is that it can be maintained around a couple hundred degrees for long periods of time.
Beyond that I need to figure out a design that is easily cleanable. Size would be relatively small for a smoker, we don't have large parties often, occasionally cooking something as large as a a butterflied turkey or pork butt, might decide on a slightly larger one.
Need to give serious thought into the design. So the WIP design idea is to create a base, cinder blocks are what we have laying around so they will be put to use. About knee high on the base construct what would the firebox in a manner one would make a small cob oven, create a chimney out of the top. Get this all filled in with cob, thick walls, construct a door. Cure cob out with fire. Start assembling a larger chamber that the chimney vents into on top. Construct another chimney and a door. Cure it out.
Some logistical concerns I am having. I would like to have a grate and some means of trapping the grease. Being round kind of makes that seem to be more difficult. I might go for more of a square internal shape, but still a dome. Door wide enough to get grates and drip pans out.
And then there is this thing. Basically it acts as a device that monitors the temperature of the cooking area and regulates the flow of air to into a charcoal grill or smoker, thus controlling the temperature. They claim it will maintain temperature to 5 degrees. I could live without it, but being able to control a wood fired cooker to within 5 degrees is awesome Could be added later depending on how final result cooks.