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Unread 08-23-2013, 07:42 PM   #1
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I acquired a large oven 2' X 4' X 6', it has been used for a propane smoker (before I got it) and now I am trying to decide how to configure it. I would like to use a charcoal maze if it will burn plenty long. It is sealed super tight, and has 4" thick insulated walls and top and bottom, and a door like a vault. Do you think I can choke it down and get like 12 hour burns like the UDS does?
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I have seen the old metal refrigerators made into smokers. With the right design, insulation, and airflow I am sure it is very possible. Especially if the hard work is already done when it was first converted.
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It started life as a electric oven so there wasnt much to be done to it really. It has places for racks about every 4 inches. it is perfect for a smoker. I was wanting to have the fire internally to keep the footprint smaller on the patio.
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I have no doubt you can
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Drill 1" holes I'm the floor and use the drawer for your FB
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Lets see a pic. Im sure it can be done - I think.
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Here are pictures of the smoker.
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Yup a expanded metal sqaurish basket with dividers- drill a 1" intake on each side and put a 1" pipe nipple/ballvalve- if it doesn't already have one and you'd be set - chimney too if it ain't got one.....

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Thanks, wonder how long i can expect it to run. I see a lot of the mazes have double walled dividers, is that to keep heat from igniting the next row? If I sit it on plate steel will it burn OK and longer or expanded metal bottom raised for airflow but maybe burn faster? I would like to do this right the first time, so sorry for all the questions.
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You need expanded meatal bottom so ash can fall thru I think and raised 1-2" off bottom I'd think.
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It seems guys with insulated cabinet smokers like Backwoods Party get 8-10-12 hrs with them.
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HMM it reminds me of a onyx oven
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This Guy makes them for all different kinds of smokers.......

http://www.yokeup.net/XXLBaskets.html
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Thanks for the info. That is just minion, no dividers. I'm wondering if it would burn longer with the maze dividers in it, or just put a half chimney of lit in a corner.
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I'd make one or order with removable dividers and try both ways.
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I think I will, I am anxious to fire this thing up.
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