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Old 02-08-2014, 02:31 PM   #1
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Starting a small patio build (18x50tank) and am torn between reverse flow or center feed. My original plan was to go with reverse flow but im really leaning towards center feed. Looking for some input from anyone with a center feed stick burner. What has your experience been with one and if you had to do it again would you stick with center feed?
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:08 PM   #2
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18" big enough for reverse flow ? What's center fed - side firebox baffled halfway over?
Or a T shaped smoker with firebox dead center?
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:33 PM   #3
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Crappy drawing but it will give you an idea of what im talking about when I say centerfeed. As for 18in being too small for a reverse flow i've seen smaller so it should be fine. I know its on the small side and I would like 20in but the tank was free so why not use it. Its plenty big for what I need right now.
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:40 PM   #4
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I'd try your drawing with smokestack at grate height. could have a HotSpot in center but looks like you colored in a plate or heat shield or something.
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:44 PM   #5
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So your assignment is to build it and document along the way with lots of pictures and also of first few cooks then report back to us as you go - with lots of pictures. We like pictures.
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Oh, and give a Camo paint job - all these Black Smokers are getting BORING.
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Old 02-08-2014, 04:21 PM   #7
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the center feed looks pretty nifty I've never used one but it looks like you loose cooking space at both ends because where the heat and smoke come out will be too hot to cook directly over it I know you have the same problem on reverse flow just one end tho
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There will be 1/4 in baffle plate all the way across the bottom than above the firebox opening will be a additional 3/8 plate that should help with any hot spots. I will be starting a build thread once I make my mind up and get rolling on this thing.
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Which end does the grease drain go on?
How does that work?
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Which end does the grease drain go on?
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good point if you don't catch the grease on the heat plate with a drain wouldn't it be a fire hazard?
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Figured I could put a slight slope on the baffle plate and have a drain on the end
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:42 PM   #12
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I think this is similar to what you are thinking of doing just to give you an idea.

http://www.gatorpit.net/backyard_pits/intruder.htm
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I think this is similar to what you are thinking of doing just to give you an idea.

http://www.gatorpit.net/backyard_pits/intruder.htm
Yea thats pretty much what I want to do. Didn't realize gator made a centerfeed
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Figured I could put a slight slope on the baffle plate and have a drain on the end
Wouldn't that make the heat and smoke favor the higher end and make one side hot and get all the smoke? Maybe it could angle down slightly from the middle in both directions and have a drain on each end.
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:06 AM   #15
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Myron mixon smokers are center feeds for the most part.

Put a water pan on top and dont forget a drain
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