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Man standing next to a bullet smoker in a backyard


If you've got limited space in your backyard but you are looking to get into the smoking game, a bullet smoker could be perfect for you. It holds heat exceptionally well and, with multiple levels, is great for smoking lamb, chicken, pork and beef.


1Set up your charcoal

Set your charcoal up in the bottom basket using the minion method. The minion method involves layering fuel around the charcoal basket leaving a hole in the centre to tip the burning fuel into. This allows the lit fuel to slowly burn outwards maintaining temperature at the optimal rate. 

Person arranging charcoal in a smoker basket

2Reassemble and stack your bullet

For a hot sear, go direct over the coals. For a grill just add the first stack and if you want slow and low, add the water pan for temperature regulation as it will send heat around the unit. 

Hot charcoal beads on a smoker rack

3Regulating the temperature

Temperature for your cook can now be regulated by adjusting the intake vents. If you want it hotter, open the vents. To make it  cooler, slightly close the vents. When you're wanting to slowly extinguish,  close all vents.

Person adjusting the intake vent on a bullet smoker

4Get cooking!

Relative to the quality and quantity of the fuel used, your smoker will burn with no fuss for several hours – delivering the most mouth-watering smoked food imaginable!

Person standing next to a bullet smoker with smoke coming out

5Find your perfect barbecue or smoker

Ready to get started barbecuing or smoking your favourite food? Check out some our recipes and ideas to get you started. Or, take a look at our great range of barbecues and smokers and you'll be cooking in no time!

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.