Originally Posted by LVBBQMan
the people at Old Country said that they could do what the baffle was designed to do spreading the heat and smoke by installing a plate on one of the lower racks that has holes drilled in it of varying diameter with the smaller holes nearest the opening from the firebox and the larger holes furtherest from the opening. I have no idea what the range in hole diameters is or how many holes per row there are but the concept would seem to work over a wide range of hole diameters considering the baffle designed for the Bandera is a pretty gross method of control.
If you go this route, please post some pics of the baffle! I've done all the mods noted here on this post, and it did indeed make a big difference in the cooker. I use a grate w/ aluminum foil over it, and knock a whole on the opposite side of the cook chamber to reduce the chamber space, which also helps cook more efficiently. Hadn't thought of a lower plate, since i use the water pan. Interesting though!