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Unread 01-25-2006, 10:35 AM   #1
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Default Tuning plates for the Hondo/Black Diamond

I'm helping a friend modify his Black Diamond. I'v downloaded and read the mod files. What's the verdict on tuning plates? Is it worth the effort?
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Tuning plates will get you more usable grate space, it is worth it.
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Jims right, plates always make things better in horizontal pits, but

in the small BD or hondo, no way.. if its the 16 inch pit like a silver smoker. Even if it is the 20inch, it has the opening to the firebox high up in the chamber.



The plates, in order to be effective needs the heat to get underneath, In the BD, the height required to allow enuf airflow would put the plates very close to the grate and as soon as they are hot enuf, will start grilling the food.

I have pictures of an extended baffle that helps distribute the heat.. Did u see those plans??
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Sux our old pics are gone, Hankster did a diffuser plate for a small diameter smoker that he claimed worked real well. As best I remember, it was a piece of sheet metal that was about 4" wider than it needed to be with holes cut near the edge at gradually closer intervals as you moved away from the firebox. The extra width was then folded over leaving half circle holes along the edges of the now correct width plate.
The folds gave it rigidity.

Tough to describe, but I tried. I also sent Hankster a PM, on the off chance he'd still have the pix.
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Sux our old pics are gone, Hankster did a diffuser plate for a small diameter smoker that he claimed worked real well. As best I remember, it was a piece of sheet metal that was about 4" wider than it needed to be with holes cut near the edge at gradually closer intervals as you moved away from the firebox. The extra width was then folded over leaving half circle holes along the edges of the now correct width plate.
The folds gave it rigidity.

Tough to describe, but I tried. I also sent Hankster a PM, on the off chance he'd still have the pix.
I remember that as well. Looked like some nice work and functional as well.
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i have the entire archive from the old site loaded on my system.. i will dig thru.



Edit.. ?? This them?
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I found the thread, will a link help? http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ighlight=plate
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I did this on my chargriller. It did help reduce the "hot spot" effect. would have been better with heavier gauge metal and some additional tuning plates.
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I found the thread, will a link help? http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ighlight=plate

yup.. sure does. Here they are.


this was on an american gourmet.. little tiny thing.. imo, on the NBBD, the holes would need to increase in size and frequency as you got further from the firebox.
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Pictures ARE worth 1K words. Thanks guys. As usual, I will assimilate, integrate and regurgitate something based upon the materials on hand: 1/8" aluminum plate. I also have some thinner stainless steel sheet to make an inner shell for insulating the firebox.
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