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Old 12-08-2013, 06:12 PM   #1
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Greetings from frozen Texas! I just got an offset smoker used from a friend. I have seen folks using steel plates, pizza stones etc. to tune a smoker. I was wondering what your thoughts are toward using floor tile to do the same thing. Its cheaper than steel plates and not much lost if it doesn't work. Thoughts?
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:15 PM   #2
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Whats floor tile made of? I'd stick to steel. It's really hot right next to the firebox.
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:19 PM   #3
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Food safety is always an issue, especially when talking tiles. Some of the glazes are not good to have around food.

The nice thing about using steel plates in an offset is the plates get hot, and hold that heat, and the meat juices get to sizzle and add to the flavor when they hit the plates. Ceramic, not so much.
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:19 PM   #4
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They are clay or ceramic mostly. Wasn't sure about the heat but they are baked in an oven in production.
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:23 PM   #5
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Smokin D, I wondered about the glaze too. I will probably go with steel. You know how we are, always over thinking things.
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:24 PM   #6
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I wouldn't use any tile not made for an oven or clay only with food as who knows what chemicals will be let off at what temperature....
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Thanks all.
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:32 PM   #8
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Find steel/metal supply and see if they have end cuts or scrap for sale - oughta be half price or maybe 60/70% of reg price.
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:49 PM   #9
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you can buy firebrick at homedepot.com
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:51 PM   #10
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look on craigslist to Somebody might be selling a lil extra they have
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:52 AM   #11
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Definitely safer getting some scrap steel. Nice to see someone else from the NE side of the metro, BTW.
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:58 AM   #12
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Unglazed quarry tiles will be fine
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:49 AM   #13
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Alton Brown suggest a quarry tile. They are uncoated.
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