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kcquer 04-19-2005 06:32 AM

OK, how does this work?

All other reverse flow horz/vert combo smokers I've seen have the firebox and stack at the vert end. This one has the firebox and smokestack at the end opposite the vert.
It doesn't look like a particularly good design to me, all their combo rigs are done this way.

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Arlin_MacRae 04-19-2005 08:50 AM

That is kinda weird. I'm sure some of the heat and smoke would end up on your meat at the far end, but you'd certainly waste most of right up the chimney.

The world according to Arlin....

parrothead 04-19-2005 09:56 AM

Not sure how the vert works for them. I am assuming that since they label it a catering rig that the vert is just for keeping things warm, which I am sure that it does. The rest of the design works great. It may be that the smoke has to go all the way to the left, then half way up the chamber before coming back accross the meat.

I like my reverse flow for keeping even temps accross the horizontal chamber, and have always wondered how it would be to add a vert above the firebox with the stacks above that.

mrkkti 04-19-2005 10:07 AM

I saw a design once that had a "channel" running along the bottom of the whole horizontal chamber, the heat and smoke traveled along that, into the verticle, then back out along the cooking grates and meat and then out the stack. The smoke can't escape out the stack until it travels the bottom of the horazontal into the verticle. The smoke dosen't hit the meat in the horizontal until it goes through the verticle.

brdbbq 04-19-2005 10:51 AM

Seems to me you would want to start with some kind of wood ?

kcquer 04-19-2005 09:11 PM


have always wondered how it would be to add a vert above the firebox with the stacks above that.
I've been toying with that idea for quite some time, finally saw one this winter on e-Bay, from Dead Serious Cookers
I called about one recently, 24"d x 48" long with 24 x 24 x 48 vert, 3/8" firebox and pipe, 1/4" vert, $4k, plus shipping from Houston. Too much $$ for me, I'm gonna have to settle for close enough I can go pick it up.

kcquer 04-21-2005 05:31 AM

I talked with the owner of SWS yesterday. Robert, a real nice fella, assured me that the design of the vert, although unconventional, works very well. The full circle of the area where the horz and vert meet is open, the cooker draws very well and cooks in all areas. Although some of the pics on the site show outboard fireboxes, he now builds all these type rigs with the firebox fully under the horz. There is a waterpan over the rev flow tunnel which, even when dry, acts as a second insulating layer to prevent grilling effect and allows all of the heat generated in the firebox to be transferred to the cooking chamber. I rather like that idea. The one feature I didn't like was the vert was made from 10ga material instead of the 1/4" the rest of the cooker is constructed from. Still as compared to Klose, Gator, and some others the bang for the buck seems pretty good and they're close enough that I can pick one up myself.

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