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Unread 02-14-2014, 04:54 AM   #1
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I've been looking at this pit. Can any owners share some technique and pictures about split wood size and maintaining a clean fire burning sticks?
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Unread 02-14-2014, 07:04 AM   #2
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I have one myself. I bought a convection plate for the bottom, it seems to help.

As far as wood, I mostly run chunks in it. For splits anything 12" down will work.

One thing I have noticed is the damper in the firebox tends to loosen up after it gets hot. I have mine tightened down to where you have to tap it with something to move it. I mounted a QMaster on mine and it seems to hold the temp really well now.

You have to keep the firebox about half full to keep the heat up. I run it at 225, I haven't tried it any higher than that. It seems to cook at a lower temp better.
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My boss at work bought one for the office for me to cook on. Unfortunately most of the time I've put charcoal in the smoking chamber and basically used it for a grill. The couple of times I've actually smoked ribs or sausage on it, it worked fine, definitely had a hot area near the firebox, a deflector plate would be a good addition. I used hickory splits only a couple inches in cross section and about a foot long. Any larger and it became a fire breathing dragon. The wind is always blowing 30 mph in Oklahoma on the day I plan to cook which doesn't help, at least it's small enough I can reposition it to prevent the wind from blowing directly into the firebox vent. All in all it seems to be a quality made unit, about 1/4" steel if I remember right.
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The firebox grill grate is 12" by 15" so 12" sounds about maximum unless you start angling them in there.
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the 15" dimension is the sideways one, longitudinal to the smoker.
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Here are some pictures of the Deflection plate.

This is the drop in version.



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