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Unread 01-30-2013, 09:07 PM   #1
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So I got this New Braunfels offset smoker , pictured here . I've cut my teeth on this bad boy over the last 3 or 4 years. Somewhere i read something about putting a baffel inside it to distribute the heat more evenly. I usually put a small aluminum foil pan of water right next to the firebox for some steam. Anybody here know of anything i can do to improve this thing??? It does work pretty damn good but i'm always open to suggestions. I'm a tool maker / sheet metal fabricator so i can build pretty much anything for this. Thanks
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Looking at your pic, You could add an accurate thermometer or two closer to grill level. One closer to the firebox and another about 1/3 of the way from the stack. Both being 2-3 inches from the grill surface.
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The most common mods done to pits like those are the downdraft mod and lid sealing. Get yourself a good thermometer like the et732 or thermoworks
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I understand the idea of lid sealing , but what do ya use for that? also whats the down draft mod???
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guess i'm gonna hafta do some searchin
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I understand the idea of lid sealing , but what do ya use for that? also whats the down draft mod???
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try some high temp gasket rope like this:


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Tuning plates is a mod i would recommend.. its just space plates in the bottom of the cooker.. to help even out the temp across the cook chamber
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I understand the idea of lid sealing , but what do ya use for that? also whats the down draft mod???
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Bring the exhaust stack down to grate level on the inside of the cooking chamber. You can easily do this with a piece of fexible dryer vent hose and a hose clamp.
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1. add lining of ceramic.
buy pottery clay, mix with water to mud, add inside, thickness 1", natural dry, fill in charcoal in main body and fire box, burning for 3 days.

2. chang to reverse flow

3. add motorized spit rotisserie

4. power draft like stoker or CyberQ

5.iGrill

6. heat insulating blanket

7.a grease catching grill to avoid grease fire
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I have that very same cooker and have learned a lot on it. Don't use it much anymore though, to many other cookers. Anyway, I modded the heck out of mine. 1st a charcoal basket which sits on the charcoal grate which I raised about 2"



Then a short baffle in the smoke chamber



5 tuning plates 5" x 16" x 1/4" thick, these help greatly to control the temps. Can actually get the end farthest from the firebox hotter than the firebox end. Sometimes I use all 5, sometimes fewer. Depends on what is cooking



Removed the factory 3" stack, plugged the hole and then put this 4" x 36" stack on the end and below grate level.



Bigger pneumatic tires all around and two thermometers mounted just above grate level on the quarter points of the door completes the transformation.



Oh yeah, this was taken before the addition of the 13" tires near the firebox and the shelf in now Mahogany.

Jeez, now I want to cook something!
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Tuning plates are a plus for sure! Relocating the exhaust stack to at least grate level, charcoal basket, and sealing the lid will make a HUGE difference!
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http://www.bbqinstitute.com/SmokerModifications.pdf
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I don't know how to thank you guys, damn thats a lot of info . I printed out the links and this whole thread so i can get busy!!! looking forward to making some of these mods and givin her a test run!! Hell i didn't even know what model it was till now . I got it barely used at a garage sale fot $40.00........so far best 40 dollar bill i've ever spent!!
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Smokin'D how long is that "short baffel plate at the fire box??? going to do that seal the lid and the tuning plates this weekend when i do my brisquet for the super bowl....
move the thermomometer and add a second
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Smokin'D how long is that "short baffel plate at the fire box???
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That baffle is 6" long, just the right length so a tuning plate can fit tight under it. I simply bolted it to the angled flange that is protruding into the smoke chamber from the firebox. Have fun!
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