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gadgetguy 01-30-2013 09:07 PM

Looking for improvements to my smoker
 
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So I got this New Braunfels offset smoker , pictured here . I've cut my teeth on this bad boy over the last 3 or 4 years. Somewhere i read something about putting a baffel inside it to distribute the heat more evenly. I usually put a small aluminum foil pan of water right next to the firebox for some steam. Anybody here know of anything i can do to improve this thing??? It does work pretty damn good but i'm always open to suggestions. I'm a tool maker / sheet metal fabricator so i can build pretty much anything for this. Thanks
HarryC:biggrin1:

Toast 01-30-2013 09:16 PM

Looking at your pic, You could add an accurate thermometer or two closer to grill level. One closer to the firebox and another about 1/3 of the way from the stack. Both being 2-3 inches from the grill surface.

jmoney7269 01-30-2013 09:28 PM

The most common mods done to pits like those are the downdraft mod and lid sealing. Get yourself a good thermometer like the et732 or thermoworks

gadgetguy 01-30-2013 09:39 PM

I understand the idea of lid sealing , but what do ya use for that? also whats the down draft mod???
Thanks
HarryC

gadgetguy 01-31-2013 11:15 AM

guess i'm gonna hafta do some searchin
HarryC

tb80 01-31-2013 11:52 AM

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Originally Posted by gadgetguy (Post 2348454)
I understand the idea of lid sealing , but what do ya use for that? also whats the down draft mod???
Thanks
HarryC

try some high temp gasket rope like this:

DownHomeQue 01-31-2013 12:04 PM

Tuning plates is a mod i would recommend.. its just space plates in the bottom of the cooker.. to help even out the temp across the cook chamber

J'ville Grill 01-31-2013 12:44 PM

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Originally Posted by gadgetguy (Post 2348454)
I understand the idea of lid sealing , but what do ya use for that? also whats the down draft mod???
Thanks
HarryC

Bring the exhaust stack down to grate level on the inside of the cooking chamber. You can easily do this with a piece of fexible dryer vent hose and a hose clamp.

woodpelletsmoker 01-31-2013 01:29 PM

1. add lining of ceramic.
buy pottery clay, mix with water to mud, add inside, thickness 1", natural dry, fill in charcoal in main body and fire box, burning for 3 days.

2. chang to reverse flow

3. add motorized spit rotisserie

4. power draft like stoker or CyberQ

5.iGrill

6. heat insulating blanket

7.a grease catching grill to avoid grease fire

Smokin' D 01-31-2013 02:47 PM

I have that very same cooker and have learned a lot on it. Don't use it much anymore though, to many other cookers. Anyway, I modded the heck out of mine. 1st a charcoal basket which sits on the charcoal grate which I raised about 2"

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o...PICT0017-4.jpg

Then a short baffle in the smoke chamber

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o...b/PICT0037.jpg

5 tuning plates 5" x 16" x 1/4" thick, these help greatly to control the temps. Can actually get the end farthest from the firebox hotter than the firebox end. Sometimes I use all 5, sometimes fewer. Depends on what is cooking

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o...b/PICT0031.jpg

Removed the factory 3" stack, plugged the hole and then put this 4" x 36" stack on the end and below grate level.

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o...PICT0022-1.jpg

Bigger pneumatic tires all around and two thermometers mounted just above grate level on the quarter points of the door completes the transformation.

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o...PICT0013-1.jpg

Oh yeah, this was taken before the addition of the 13" tires near the firebox and the shelf in now Mahogany.

Jeez, now I want to cook something!

TIMMAY 01-31-2013 02:55 PM

Tuning plates are a plus for sure! Relocating the exhaust stack to at least grate level, charcoal basket, and sealing the lid will make a HUGE difference!

luke duke 01-31-2013 03:29 PM

http://www.bbqinstitute.com/SmokerModifications.pdf

gadgetguy 01-31-2013 07:17 PM

I don't know how to thank you guys, damn thats a lot of info . I printed out the links and this whole thread so i can get busy!!! looking forward to making some of these mods and givin her a test run!! Hell i didn't even know what model it was till now . I got it barely used at a garage sale fot $40.00........so far best 40 dollar bill i've ever spent!!
HarryC

gadgetguy 01-31-2013 07:22 PM

Smokin'D how long is that "short baffel plate at the fire box??? going to do that seal the lid and the tuning plates this weekend when i do my brisquet for the super bowl....
move the thermomometer and add a second
HarryC

Smokin' D 01-31-2013 07:52 PM

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Originally Posted by gadgetguy (Post 2349653)
Smokin'D how long is that "short baffel plate at the fire box???
HarryC

That baffle is 6" long, just the right length so a tuning plate can fit tight under it. I simply bolted it to the angled flange that is protruding into the smoke chamber from the firebox. Have fun!


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