Originally Posted by MuddHonda
I was thinking again so that means trouble, but for a support for the basket I though about making a cross or X from angle iron pointing up and set it on the nipples so air could travel to the center? Also where would you guys put a thermo with a 1" probe in respect to the valve?
I have thought of doing something similar but have not gotten around to it yet. Let us know how it works and if it makes a difference.
Your thermo with 1" probe won't be very accurate. If you can get a deep fry thermometer (Wal-Mart $9) with a 12" stem it will read much better and give you temps at the center of the grate. It can be 30° or more cooler at the outside edges where your 1" therm is located. To mount the deep fry thermometer drill a hole in the center of a 3/8" bolt and attach it to your drum just below the grate. Slide the probe in to cook and remove it to take out the fire basket.
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