Originally Posted by nmayeux
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The shape of the tank is interesting, and I am wondering about the temps over the whole cook. In my smoker (longer and narrower), the temps are hotter closer to the firebox. However in your case, the temps are higher on the opposite side. I wonder if the shorter but wider pan facilitates convection rather than radiation... I would like to see your temp averages over a full cook, especially once the pan on the side of the firebox is heated for a while.
Another thing is that if I want more even temps, I raise the end opposite of the firebox (probably facilitating convection), but if I do want different temps (for simmering beans), I lower the same end. Maybe once you are up and running you could do some experementation.
I am cooking a brisket and two racks of ribs on sunday so I will keep a close eye on what the temps are during an entire cook.
On my 36" reverse flow, my temps are always hotter on the opposite end as well. I wonder if it has more to do with the distance the air is traveling?