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Lessons Learned in Pit Building / Modifying
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DivrDwn



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08 11 4:35 am    Post subject: Convection Plate ?? Reply with quote

Do I want my convection plate to touch the side walls of the barrel or should there be a gap??
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k.a.m.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08 11 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DivrDwn, what are you building? If it is a double barrel then I would have the diffuser covering the lower opening and leave room around the front, back, and sides. If your building a UDS then I would leave at least 2" around the edges for air flow. I hope this helps. Smile
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DivrDwn



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09 11 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry...I should have been FAR more clear on what my intentions were. I'm not building from scratch just modifying a current set up. I have a 24" horizontal offset that I recently purchased and I want to modify it. I'm adding a convection plate and extending the exhaust down to the surface of the grill plate. I'm also going to line the bottom of the smoking chamber with aluminum foil wrapped fire brick.

edit...also seal all the gaps with high temp silicone

I intend to fab the convection plate and exhaust pipe myself.

I planned to use use a similar design to the Horizon convection plate, but I wasn't sure if it should fit snug and I should weld it in on all 3 sides, or if it should have gaps along the sides and I should only attach it on the end wall above the firebox opening.

I'm rather new to getting serious about smoking so please excuse any improper jargon or unclear descriptions.

TIA
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Rooster's Rebel BBQ



Joined: 31 Mar 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18 12 10:25 pm    Post subject: Any Ideas or help Reply with quote

OK I almost have all my materials to start my build and I will take or steal all ideas I can get.
I have a 20' boat trailer on which to build. My thoughts on the build are these.
I will have 2 pits on rear one is a 250 gal propane tank, the other is my pit now that is 36" they will be side by side.
In front of the 36 will be a charcoal pit built from 20" casing about 3' long.
I want to have water storage and sink and 2 fish burners as well.
I am hoping for ideas or a site where I can find plans or pictures of something along the lines of what I want.
I thank all in advance for any help or ideas.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11 12 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let us know how things work out.
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ddrian



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22 17 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wreckless wrote:
Lesson learned for this month # 46.75 There is a difference between a chasing die and a cutting die and you are going to have very little success threading 5/8" round bar stock from scratch with a chaser die no matter how many bowls of wheaties you had for breakfast Rolling Eyes


Amen! Low Carbon steel dies don't cut steel well.
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ddrian



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22 17 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DivrDwn wrote:
Sorry...I should have been FAR more clear on what my intentions were. I'm not building from scratch just modifying a current set up. I have a 24" horizontal offset that I recently purchased and I want to modify it. I'm adding a convection plate and extending the exhaust down to the surface of the grill plate. I'm also going to line the bottom of the smoking chamber with aluminum foil wrapped fire brick.

edit...also seal all the gaps with high temp silicone

I intend to fab the convection plate and exhaust pipe myself.

I planned to use use a similar design to the Horizon convection plate, but I wasn't sure if it should fit snug and I should weld it in on all 3 sides, or if it should have gaps along the sides and I should only attach it on the end wall above the firebox opening.

I'm rather new to getting serious about smoking so please excuse any improper jargon or unclear descriptions.

TIA


Awesome I love modifying my smokers. Just finishing adding 1/8 steel plate to a whole unit to make it all 1/4 for better cook times.
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