On mine it is hotter where the heat and smoke exits from the RF baffle, opposite the firebox, but on the occasions I have actually measured it, my temp difference is only about 5*-10* across the cooking grate.
Originally Posted by TheHojo
On a reverse flow - while I know the goal is "even" temperature in the cooking chamber - but what should be the hotter side - near firebox or end where smoke exits the reverse flow baffle ?
I've cooked on both, all about the same 120 gallon size. I agree with the comments above, not necessarily better but more even heat and I believe a RF is a little more fuel effecient and you don't need to "feed the beast" quite as often.