How to Build a Gravity Feed Smoker
If you want to smoke meat without burning the house down, then you might want to learn how to build a gravity feed smoker. This type of smoker uses gravity to heat the food, and requires less care than gas or pellet smokers. Unlike electric smokers, gravity feed smokers require a simple airtight chute filled with charcoal or wood chips. The smoker is heated to approximately 250°F/120°C using dampers. Gravity feed smokers have fewer moving parts than electric counterparts, which means they are easier to repair.
This type of smoker is easy to use. A simple mechanism lets you open the smoking chamber and allow the smoke to circulate. Smoke and heat rise through the chamber’s bottom, giving food a smokey taste. A gravity feed smoker’s best feature is its ability to smoke meat, fish, or vegetables without worrying about ash.
Another major advantage of gravity feed smokers is that they allow you to add wood chips or charcoal as needed. These smokers can hold up to 20 pounds of charcoal, which means you don’t need to replace it every few hours. Another great advantage of gravity feed smokers is that they automatically regulate the temperature. Because they use gravity to heat the coal and chips, the temperature will be controlled by the smoke and heat. It also has a slide-out tray that allows for easy access to drips.