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Old 01-31-2007, 06:20 AM   #1
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My home cooker is a Brinkmann cimmeron offset. i just read the firebricks post below (or above depending on responses), and it made me think about how hard it is for me to maintain with out a lot of attention.

I mainly used lump coal and a stick or two as needed as the cook moves along. I figure my fire box is too small for one of those maze type coal trays. I want to try some fire bricks.

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Old 01-31-2007, 06:44 AM   #2
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I added some to my pit in December. I have them in the bottom of the firebox and the smoke chamber. I do think they make a difference in getting back to temp after having the smoke chamber door open. I didn't notice that much of a difference in fuel use or air intake. If I was limited on the number I was adding I would definitely do the smoke chamber first.
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On a smaller smoker pizza stones or unglazed terra cota tiles do the same thing. I think they are more valubale as valleys and peaks when opening the cooker or refilling charcoal. You want get great extension on you cook time.
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:23 AM   #4
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Kung Fu-
I have a Cimmaron also, and am currently designing some serious mods to turn it into a reverse flow cooker. I have a terrible hot spot at the fire box, and nearly an 80* temp difference on the two sides of the smoke box. So far my design will serve as a baffle and a water pan, or possibly as a platform for fire bricks. When I have the time, my welder buddy has the time, and I have some $$ to buy supplies, I will get this done, and post pics on the site so y'all can see how I made the mods. Good thing I read this thread, because I'm thinking fire bricks may work better than a water pan. (I actually entertained the idea of my baffle being hollow and filled with oil or water to even out the heat).
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I'm thinking of adding some firebricks also, but in doing so I'll have to raise the coal grate and if I use a basket, trim it to fit.
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