Building a food smoker - Techie one using Raspberry PI

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Found 29th Nov 2017
I'm in the process of designing a food smoker using my Retro American Style BBQ as pictured below
2844692-Bkt3z.jpgI intend to build the food smoker or utilise the bottom compartment of the BBQ.

The BBQ was gas however I have removed all the pipe work and the bottom compartment is now empty (where the gas cannister was originally stored)

I am planning on adding a smoke port to my bbq and use aluminium ducting to the smoker box or port it to the compartment underneath sealing any gaps up.

I also want to integrate a raspberry PI to monitor temperate, humidity and smoke time in which I can create an application to send a notification after a set time etc, maybe add some LED lighting and a fan to control the temperature.

crazy idea? anyone thought of something similar?

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Great idea 💡 would be quite interested in this myself

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PowerMovesOnly23 m ago

Great idea 💡 would be quite interested in this myself


I will draft up some plans this weekend and post them here

I like your barbecue. Very trendy

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psychobitchfromhell2 m ago

I like your barbecue. Very trendy


Thanks, I got it at an auction; the gas diffuser was rusted so decided to remove all the gas parts to make it in to a charcoal bbq, I have still not used it yet even though I have owned it for several years now!

Hopfully after this idea it will be used a lot

Sounds pretty straight forward however water and heat proofing the electronics might be a challenge.

netyard28 m ago

Thanks, I got it at an auction; the gas diffuser was rusted so decided to …Thanks, I got it at an auction; the gas diffuser was rusted so decided to remove all the gas parts to make it in to a charcoal bbq, I have still not used it yet even though I have owned it for several years now!Hopfully after this idea it will be used a lot


I've never really understood gas barbecues. I've got a cooker for that . Always thought the point of barbecue was the smoke taste. I won one once. I gave it away.

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joedastudd28 m ago

Sounds pretty straight forward however water and heat proofing the …Sounds pretty straight forward however water and heat proofing the electronics might be a challenge.


I was thinking of using a long probe for the temperature, not sure about the humidity yet, the Pi could be fixed in a weatherproof box to an area where it would not get too hot.. Oh and powered by solar too...

I have a smoker with a wireless temerature guage - it just alerts me if the temp of the smoker goes above or below a set range and when the meat is ready. This website & forum is for the Weber Smokey Mountain but there is a wealth of info about controls etc including raspberry pies, especially in the forum.

The Virtual Weber Bullet
Edited by: "Pandamansays" 30th Nov 2017

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Pandamansays13 m ago

I have a smoker with a wireless temerature guage - it just alerts me if …I have a smoker with a wireless temerature guage - it just alerts me if the temp of the smoker goes above or below a set range and when the meat is ready. This website & forum is for the Weber Smokey Mountain but there is a wealth of info about controls etc including raspberry pies, especially in the forum.The Virtual Weber Bullet


Thank you, I will have a look at that website
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