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Old 10-06-2017, 01:15 PM   #166
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Has anyone tried welding 1/4" sheets of metal in the firebox and just starting a fire right on the sheet with no grate? I might go that route...
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Old 02-22-2019, 09:17 AM   #167
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Just got OK Joe Bandera at Academy. They had reduced it to 199 then included it in the 50% off sale. I was not looking for a smoker but at less than 100 how could I not get it.

Now for the fun. Making suggested mods, fire brick in fire box and smoke box. smoke box door gasket and rtv to seal up everything. Need to find inexpensive metal for new fire box etc but will get there in a while.

Have no access to welding so must bolt everything together.

Any suggestions are welcome.

I plan on attaching gasket to door, put in fire bricks, and sealing before building a fire.

If it needs to be heated first just tell me.

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Old 02-22-2019, 02:27 PM   #168
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Seasoning it wont hurt. And it will run without the mods for the first few times to get your feet wet. no reason to wait to cook. I cooked on my bandera for a long time and did the mods one by one and noticed the improvements they made each time.

Get a few chickens, butterfly them, coad the inside of the smoke chamger with pan or crisco. Start a good size fire to get the chamber up to 450-500, then damper down and when it hits 375, put in the chickens.. ya get to season the pit and have dinner at the same time.
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