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Unread 08-23-2013, 02:38 PM   #91
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The rack fits on top of the Kamado Joe rack with no issues. Place the disk in the bottom of the Joe rack in this config.
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Unread 02-18-2014, 02:31 PM   #92
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Hi All,

This is my first post so please excuse me if this question has already been answered.

I have a new Vision Grill, the kind you can find at Costco. I need some sort of a heat deflector but am not sold on the one that Vision offers. Before I check out all the other commercial options out there, I would like to see if I can come up with an DIY solution.

I have a large piece of 1/4" steel that I could probably shape to fit. Is that a good plan?

Another option is to use stone. I have a bunch of leftover pieces of Travertine and granite from a kitchen remodel. Has anyone tried using either of these materials?

Both the Travertine and granite pieces are 18" tiles which means that they are not very thick. I was thinking of doubling them up to get more thermal mass. Any thoughts on this idea?

Finally, assuming that my plan to use metal or stone is viable, what is the best way to hang the deflector inside the smoker?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Bob
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Unread 02-18-2014, 03:32 PM   #93
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Hi All,

This is my first post so please excuse me if this question has already been answered.

I have a new Vision Grill, the kind you can find at Costco. I need some sort of a heat deflector but am not sold on the one that Vision offers. Before I check out all the other commercial options out there, I would like to see if I can come up with an DIY solution.

I have a large piece of 1/4" steel that I could probably shape to fit. Is that a good plan?

Another option is to use stone. I have a bunch of leftover pieces of Travertine and granite from a kitchen remodel. Has anyone tried using either of these materials?

Both the Travertine and granite pieces are 18" tiles which means that they are not very thick. I was thinking of doubling them up to get more thermal mass. Any thoughts on this idea?

Finally, assuming that my plan to use metal or stone is viable, what is the best way to hang the deflector inside the smoker?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Bob
Check out http://www.kamadoguru.com/. Plenty of threads and discussions specifically on Vision kamados including DIY deflectors.
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Unread 02-18-2014, 10:47 PM   #94
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I have a Vision Pro that came with the lava stone heat deflector and I like it, I've had no trouble with it and I've been using it year round since June 2012. I recently noticed the Vision site said they are selling deflectors separately again. I still use a cookie sheet placed on the firebowl edge, above the stone but below the grill to prevent burning. I smoke a lot of whole legs and shoulders so the edges of these big pieces of meat need a larger area of protection than the stone alone gives.

I'm jealous of the ¼" steel. N8man has a steel plate in one of his vertical metal smokers and he says that thing works beautifully to regulate and distribute heat and lasts forever. Don't remember how thick it is, I think it was some kind of agricultural or industrial saw blade. I'd love to get my hands on one this summer, I'm planning to bring an old bullet smoker to life and I'd rather have a thick steel plate deflector than a water pan. I'll use stone if I can't find the right piece of metal.
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I'm jealous of the ¼" steel. N8man has a steel plate in one of his vertical metal smokers and he says that thing works beautifully to regulate and distribute heat and lasts forever. Don't remember how thick it is, .
So if I make a metal plate, or use some of the natural stone tiles, how big should I make the disc or should it be another shape? What is the best distance to mount the deflector above the bottom of the fire bowl? Should I hang it from the top or make some feet that sit in the coals? There are lots of ways to do this.

I am a big-time tinkerer and the occasional inventor so this stuff is fun for me. Unfortunately, I don't have much experience with egg smokers so I am going to have to rely on you guys for some advice.

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