Reader Project: Barbecue and Smoker Locomotive

It all began when Dave Uptons neighbor,Paul, asked him to build a grill for blockparties and cook-offs. Their original planwas

It all began when Dave Uptons neighbor,Paul, asked him to build a grill for blockparties and cook-offs. Their original planwas simple, of course: a couple of 55-gallondrums welded together, plus a few work surfaces.Then Dave noticed that it was beginningto look like a locomotive and the projectgrew. And grew.The result is a barbecue and smoker combounlike any other. Ductwork, plus a turbo fan from a Chevy Corvair, allows Paul tocontrol the heat; he can raise or lower thetemp quickly, adjustfor hotter cooking atone end of the grill,or get steady, uniformtemperature throughout.The fan also getslogs burning quicklyand circulates smokefor even smoking. Forfrills, the locomotivehas a built-in stereo,headlight, strobe light,fold-down countertopand bell to announcechow time.

It got too bigfor the garage,so I did most ofthe work in thedriveway. Prettysoon the wholeneighborhoodwas stoppingby to watch theprogress. Dave Upton

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barbecue and smoker locomotivePhoto: Courtesy of Dave Upton

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