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Unread 09-12-2012, 09:03 PM   #91
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The mock up and the real deal look amazing!
Where does one find those exhaust dampers?
Is there a holy grail of smoker parts that I don't know a out.
Again this is fantastic!
The stack dampers are pretty easy to make if you have a decent way to cut sheet metal. The main part is a circle about 1/4" wider in diameter than the stack pipe itself, with a little extra tab that sticks out so you can tac weld a rod to it which runs down the stack and passes through some guides. Turn the handle and the damper swings open or shut.

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Unread 09-12-2012, 10:48 PM   #92
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what are tuning plates for?
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Unread 09-12-2012, 11:40 PM   #93
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what are tuning plates for?
They're usually used in regular cross-flow smokers to spread out the heat more efficiently or help prevent hot spots. Reverse-flow design is supposed to do most of that work, but I think Bronc put them in because of the unusual two-sided design as an extra measure just in case.
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Unread 09-30-2012, 10:13 PM   #94
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WOW Foxfire! That is farken awesome! I can't believe you did that. You got some skills. I can tell you I have cooked on mine like 4 times now and it works awesome. I have cooked 2 briskits 2 butts and 12 racks of ribs and still had room left over. I can cook on one side or both and can control temps on either side seperatley. It is very frugal on the wood consumtion as well.
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Looks Like I need to grab a couple more drums from work. My neighbor wants a pit, I think I'll give him mine and make one of these for myself!
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Outstanding Build, Outstanding Drawings!

Awesome thread!

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That is insane. Nice build
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Thank you everybody for all the kind words. The pit really does work great. As far as the tuning plates go i put them in just in case I needed to adjust them to even out pits. I havent had to move them. Leaving them open 5" on the one end has worked out perfect so far. On the cad drawing I did notice foxfire stopped the smokestack in the pit at the level of the top rack. That would make it loose too much heat. I ran my smoke stack all the way down to within 2" of my bottom rack and just have a cutout in top rack that goes around it. Here is some Pork butts I did over the weekend. In this pic the top rack is out and you can see the smoke stack in relation to the bottom rack.
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These came out better than any butts Ive done so far.
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I also wanted to let you guys know, a full size aluminum sheet pan fits right under the bottom rack on top of tuning plates and works as a drip pan. I have a two inch deep 9"x13" pan on top of that that i fill with water and apple juice when I smoke. Keeps it nice and moist inside.
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Unread 10-01-2012, 01:59 PM   #101
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Love your design, Bronc -- I'm hoping to learn to weld before long and if I'm confident enough I'd love to try building one. Do you have any shots of your upper rack? I'm curious how you accommodate the low chimney pipe.
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Foxfire I will take a pic of the top rack when I get out there. If you just picture a rectangle then take a 41/2" x 41/2" square out of the right rear corner, thats it. It just clears by about 3/8 to 1/2" around 4" smoke stack.
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By the way Foxfire nice design on the chimney damper. That would be very necesary if my smoke stacks were higher ( and I wish they were about a foot taller. I just used a circle the same size as chimney. I welded a 1/4" stud into chimney sticking up about 3/4 inch. I drilled a hole just inside the circle I had cut maybe 1/8 inch from the edge. I then put the circle over the stud and put a stainless steel spring with nut on top.
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Foxfire- Here is a pic of the upper rack. Sorry I took so long. I just got my right knee replaced so I'm still not moving around to good. Finally off the crutches and able to get in the backyard to do some smokin.
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Foxfire- Here is a pic of the upper rack. Sorry I took so long. I just got my right knee replaced so I'm still not moving around to good. Finally off the crutches and able to get in the backyard to do some smokin.
Wow, Bronc, thanks for the pic! Totally see what you mean. I'm hoping that after the holidays I can learn to weld and I'm really anxious to replicate your design. Can't compliment you enough on the ingenuity.

Speedy recovery, buddy! I had my gallbladder out recently and have to go back to work next week. Sure cuts into my Q time!
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