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Old 10-06-2017, 02:15 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, 10:17 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, 03:27 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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Old 03-19-2019, 12:36 PM   #169
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I have looked thru the thread and have a few questions.

1. I have installed firebrick in the firebox and smoke chamber.Should I have seasoned the smoker first, or OK to do after firebrick are installed?? What temp to season?

2. The firebrick make it so that the ash pan does not fit. Do I need the ash pan?
Make a disposable pan from tin foil? I have seen someone mention using the original ash pan in the smoke chamber.

3. How far above the firebridk should the charcoal basket be?

4. Does anyone have a pic of the baffle made from the drawing?

5. Should the charcoal basket be at or below the top of the firebox top opening?
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Old 06-22-2019, 10:55 AM   #170
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So, slightly dumb newbie question, but is the document in the first post maintained/updated, or is it being maintained elsewhere? If the latter, can I request the updated version?
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Old 12-28-2020, 02:44 PM   #171
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Even though the posts on this thread are old they have been helpful. I hope someone still replies.

I bought a New Braunfels Bandera (vertical) smoker at an estate sale. Little rust. I cleaned it up a bit and tried it out. I've had some success and some not so successful smokes with it.

Based on the Bandera 101 document I just put the felt tape around the smoke chamber door. Problem is I had a heck of a time closing the door! I had to work hard to get it closed and latch it. No way I will be able to do that when its hot!

Did I do something wrong?

Mods I'm thinking of: Grommet for the probes and a basket for the charcoal and sticks. I found one on LavaLock 12x12x12 that I think should fix. Also fire bricks on the fire box bottom.
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