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== Design ==
 
== Design ==
The idea is to use a steel drum to build something like [[http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/115222/my-first-uds-build-pics-included this]
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The idea is to use a steel drum to build something like [http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/115222/my-first-uds-build-pics-included this] but over 9000 times cooler, with electronics and blinkenlights.
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The idea is that there is a electric hot plate/heater in the bottom of the drum, that heats a steel box full of wood chips, generating heat and smoke. A micro controller measures the temperature, and drives the hot plate in order to reach  a set temperature, that can bet adjusted using a dial. The target and current temperature are displayed on a LCD display. There is a tray at the bottom of the barrel, allowing the  heater/wood box to be can be easily removed for refilling, without removing the smolked items.
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Design inspiration :
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* [http://cruftbox.com/cruft/docs/elecsmoker.html Trashcan smoker]
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* [http://www.thepickledpig.com/forums/general-bbq-grilling/832-our-uds-cooker-how-build-one-part-1-a.html Ugly Drum Smoker]
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* [http://makeprojects.com/Project/The+Nellie+Bly+Smoker/2619/#.UPlIrZHU424 Alternative, 2 chamber design]
  
 
=== Mechanical and electrical parts ===
 
=== Mechanical and electrical parts ===
 
* steel drum that used to hold pineapple juice
 
* steel drum that used to hold pineapple juice
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** Inside dimensions: D: 57 cm, H: 85 cm, Volume approx. 218 L
 
* a wood chip box
 
* a wood chip box
 
* one or two grids to hold the dead animal parts being smoked
 
* one or two grids to hold the dead animal parts being smoked
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* an arduino to measure the temperature, display it on a small LCD screen and  control the heater using a relay
 
* an arduino to measure the temperature, display it on a small LCD screen and  control the heater using a relay
 
* a 220V relay
 
* a 220V relay
* a TMP36  [[https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10988 temp sensor]]
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* a TMP36  [https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10988 temp sensor]
* a LCD display to show the temp
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* a SED1531LCD display to show the current / target temp
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** [https://dl.dropbox.com/u/11255141/display_info.pdf LCD datasheet]
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** [https://www.dropbox.com/s/setane1i2pk1y1h/glcd.txt example code]
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** [http://marcovannoord.com/lcd/index.php?title=Hoofdpagina LCD wiki]
 
* a turn knob to adjust the temp
 
* a turn knob to adjust the temp
  
 
=== Software parts ===
 
=== Software parts ===
* [[http://playground.arduino.cc//Code/PIDLibraryRelayOutputExample PID library relay control example]]
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* [http://playground.arduino.cc//Code/PIDLibraryRelayOutputExample PID library relay control example]

Revision as of 21:50, 18 January 2013

Project RevSmoker
Status Initializing
Contact User:Gori
Last Update 2013-01-18

What

Because smoked dead animals are at least as tasty as BBQed dead animals, we need to have a nice smoker. While the BigGreenEggBBQ can act as a smoker as well, it has a fairly limited capacity. Furhtermore, it can not be electrically operated, which makes temperature control more tricky.

So enter RevSmoker.

Design

The idea is to use a steel drum to build something like this but over 9000 times cooler, with electronics and blinkenlights.

The idea is that there is a electric hot plate/heater in the bottom of the drum, that heats a steel box full of wood chips, generating heat and smoke. A micro controller measures the temperature, and drives the hot plate in order to reach a set temperature, that can bet adjusted using a dial. The target and current temperature are displayed on a LCD display. There is a tray at the bottom of the barrel, allowing the heater/wood box to be can be easily removed for refilling, without removing the smolked items.

Design inspiration :

Mechanical and electrical parts

  • steel drum that used to hold pineapple juice
    • Inside dimensions: D: 57 cm, H: 85 cm, Volume approx. 218 L
  • a wood chip box
  • one or two grids to hold the dead animal parts being smoked
  • a cover with a handle
  • a electrical stove, for heating the wood chips
  • extension cord

Electronic parts

  • a thermometer keeping track of the temp.
  • an arduino to measure the temperature, display it on a small LCD screen and control the heater using a relay
  • a 220V relay
  • a TMP36 temp sensor
  • a SED1531LCD display to show the current / target temp
  • a turn knob to adjust the temp

Software parts