What are Oil Drum or “Barrel” Smokers?

by Joost Nusselder | Last Updated:  May 31, 2022

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Are drum smokers any good?

Drum smokers are very popular these days and for good reason! We’ve written about the benefits of vertical smokers before and 30 gallon oil drums have the perfect shape and size for smoking meat and vegetables. They are easy to take with you on a trailer (if you don’t want to buy a whole trailer smoker!) or in your truck, plus old oil drums are often used for building DIY barrel smokers because they already have the heat resistance built-in.

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Lakeside Smokers is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with BBQ Smoking (& Japanese food!) at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.