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Old 05-22-2013, 12:35 PM   #1
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Join Date: 05-20-13
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Default Offset Build Question

Hi All,

New member here, although I have been lurking in the shadows for quite some time enjoying the site and soaking up information from those in the know.

I am starting on an offset build and have a question that may spark some debate, but here goes anyway...

Looking for input on firebox to cooking chamber placement and stack placement. I have read and re-read several awesome builds on here and two in particular that impressed me, however they have different approaches.

One was along the Jambo approach and the other more like a Gator or Klose approach. Meaning firebox opening above or below the cooking grate. Stack opening pretty much appears to be the same, at grate level.

I am guessing the answer is partly preference, but it would seem that there should also be an aspect of fact on which produces a more even cooking environment.

Does pit size matter when deciding? Does one work better than the other on larger or smaller pits? And does an insulated firebox make a difference relative to approach? I know insulated is better overall, but does it contribute to the success of one design over the other?

After much effort, I was able to score a compressor tank, which I trailered home yesterday. It is 20" in diameter and 60" long. I don't believe I will have many opportunities to get another as reasonable as I got this one, so I want to try my best to get it right the first time...

Any input is much appreciated!

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