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Unread 10-20-2013, 07:33 PM   #1
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Default First real smoker.....

I have been a gas guy until the beginning of the summer. I bought a cheap charbroil charcoal grill. Well it's a real pita. Today after cruising your forum most of the day I decided to go on the hunt. I found this on craigslist....

60.00 and it's about 12 miles from me. We struck a deal and I pick it up tomorrow. The smoke box is 34x18 and the fire box is 17x16. It's all welded and made from 1/4 steel. The smoke box end is hinged for easy clean. I figure if it is a mistake I've had way bigger bar tabs! Thoughts though?
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Unread 10-20-2013, 07:42 PM   #2
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looks like a great deal to me!!

I would probably lengthen the smokestack. Might need other minor stuff but nice deal

make sure its not rusted out, take a screwdriver with you and try poking holes in the bottom of the firebox and smoke chamber
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Unread 10-20-2013, 07:49 PM   #3
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He seemed pretty strait and he said its solid, what's the purpose of lengthening the smoke stack?
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Lengthening the stack will help promote draw and better air flow. I agree, that stack needs to be longer.
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I like it, it'll do ya a good job.
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Gotcha, would size matter? I have a 3"x24" stainless tip off my truck.
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might need to make some tuning plates but that's easy.......
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What's a tuning plate?
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What's a tuning plate?
Think of it like heat distribution to even out the heat from the FB side to the exhaust side.

Smaller gaps at the FB and bigger spaces going to the exhaust.
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Baffles and tuning plates I see now. I happen to have a friend in the metal business. I can see we will be doing some welding anyway.
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Tuning plates are steel plates, they are designed to even out the heat in an offset cooker like that. In this case, the firebox is on the left side of the cooker



Nice buy, lengthen the stack
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What's a tuning plate?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okpmVCth2RI


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpsSR5JhFBY
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Great! I love pictures!
I guess my plans are
- Wire Brush/High temp paint
- Thermometers
- Chimney Extension(inside and out)
- Baffle
- Tuning Plates
- Charcoal Basket(perhaps minon method)
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Great! I love pictures!
I guess my plans are
- Wire Brush/High temp paint
- Thermometers
- Chimney Extension(inside and out)
- Baffle
- Tuning Plates
- Charcoal Basket(perhaps minon method)

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Great find! After you get all the mods done to it why not try just using wood, no charcoal? It's should make for a good stick burner.
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