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Old 03-23-2011, 01:50 PM   #7633
Knows what a fatty is.
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Join Date: 05-11-10
Location: Rochester, MN

Agree with FunVet and BlackDog...........some questionable methods on here every once in a while.......overthinking things, IMHO.....

Anyone can build these things however they want, but the Norcoredneck design is hard to beat.

Evenly spaced draft holes, 2 with pipe caps, 1 with a ball valve. Hard to beat this. It works like a charm. I just left the holes open, and I cover them with refrigerator magnets instead.........very cheap and reliable.

My next advancement is a homebrew draft controller which will attach to a pipe nipple and valve on one of my draft holes. These things burn rock solid all on their own, but a draft controller just gives a little peace of mind on an overnight cook, when I want to sleep, rather than anxiously feel the need to check the cooker for temp.


p.s. Don't add a door to the firebox.......too much potential for air leakage and draft problems. If you have a big enough basket, you will never have to add coals or wood. Use the smoking wood sparingly......only a couple chunks needed for a 12 hour+ cook.
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