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Mrsamman 06-18-2013 05:43 PM

Offset smoker uneven heat
 
I have and offset smoker I just got. The smoking chamber is 20" round and about 3ft long. I feel like the heat goes straight to the top and then out the smoke stack which is on the top on the far end. After looking at other smokers and reading on here I was wondering if I extended the smoke stack down inside the smoker about 6in if that would help the heat stay inside and warm up the end away from the fire box?
Thanks
Scott

Bludawg 06-18-2013 06:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mrsamman (Post 2520735)
I have and offset smoker I just got. The smoking chamber is 20" round and about 3ft long. I feel like the heat goes straight to the top and then out the smoke stack which is on the top on the far end. After looking at other smokers and reading on here I was wondering if I extended the smoke stack down inside the smoker about 6in if that would help the heat stay inside and warm up the end away from the fire box?
Thanks
Scott

Extend to with in 3" of the grate

coastal 06-18-2013 06:15 PM

You should be able to extend it with a dryer vent. Thats what I with my chargriller smokin pro. Also you can try to install some tuning plates

Mrsamman 06-18-2013 09:36 PM

Great thanks for the tips. I have sheet metal at the shop, I can roll it into a tube and slide it inside of the stack.
Scott

dkryzer 06-19-2013 02:16 PM

I would make sure you use tuning plates or turn it into a reverse smoker.

DownHomeQue 06-19-2013 02:37 PM

pics help..

cholloway 06-19-2013 02:59 PM

I used rolled aluminum flashing to extend the tube down to the grate on mine.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...y/BBQ/P102.jpg

DownHomeQue 06-19-2013 03:05 PM

take a pic of the firebox vs cooking chamber opening.. i suspect that is where your problem is..

luke duke 06-19-2013 03:09 PM

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Originally Posted by dkryzer (Post 2521747)
I would make sure you use tuning plates or turn it into a reverse smoker.

You don't just "turn it into a reverse smoker" without some extensive modifications.

Chef Jim 06-19-2013 03:13 PM

I cut a grate where the stack is then used dryer vent to go under the grate. Any you need some tuning plates for it to work right.

Mrsamman 06-19-2013 03:21 PM

I got some pics of the smoker last weekend. I'll try and post them.
Thanks
Scott

dwfisk 06-19-2013 04:32 PM

OK, I'm humbled - that is one seasoned pit!
Quote:

Originally Posted by cholloway (Post 2521802)
I used rolled aluminum flashing to extend the tube down to the grate on mine.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...y/BBQ/P102.jpg


Mrsamman 06-19-2013 10:24 PM

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Here is the picture of the smoker..

Mrsamman 06-19-2013 10:35 PM

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Here is the other smoker I also just got. It smoked really well.
Scott

oldbill 06-19-2013 10:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mrsamman (Post 2520735)
I have and offset smoker I just got. The smoking chamber is 20" round and about 3ft long. I feel like the heat goes straight to the top and then out the smoke stack which is on the top on the far end. After looking at other smokers and reading on here I was wondering if I extended the smoke stack down inside the smoker about 6in if that would help the heat stay inside and warm up the end away from the fire box?
Thanks
Scott

Probably if you just added a heat deflector at the entrance to the cooking chamber from the firebox you would see a big difference. The angled piece of steel will force the heat and smoke down and into the center of the pit before it begins it's rise to the exhaust pipe. Tuning plates are great to have, though usually they aren't necessary on a smaller pit and normally a builder only puts them in if they're requested by the customer but when they are working in conjunction with the deflector you gain tremendous control over heat distribution. Heat exits the firebox, is forced down under the tuning plates and gradually rises through the gaps between the plates. You can even out the temp from side to side or create hot and cool spots as you wish. I actually prefer a conventional set up like that to the reverse flow design just because of the versatility that you get from it.


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