About Us

Frank Cox, known as “The BBQ Pit Engineer”™️ has been building BBQ Smokers as a hobby and business for over 13 years as of 2023. Armed with a background in the Refrigeration, HVAC, and Food Equipment Industry for 28 years, he has made his living with temperature control, fluid dynamics (liquid and vapor), and heat transfer in many applications in the real world. His passion, SmokerBuilder, was founded by Frank in 2010 with a small blog and a shop full of tools. The mission was, and still is, to "Teach people to build a smoker".

In 2011 Frank started SmokerPlans.net and started designing plans for customers to build their own pit from materials they had laying around. SmokerPlans.net has grown and now boasts over 200 sets of SmokerPlans™. In 2012 he started manufacturing and designing the parts people needed to build their own DIY Smoker for personal use as well as production use for manufacturers. The parts were sold on several of his own websites and also distributed on websites owned by other people. If you’d like to learn about building smokers you’re definitely at the right place! Here’s where to start:

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