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Unread 06-26-2009, 09:07 PM   #1
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Default WSM Heat Shield.......Do I need it?

I put together my new 18.5" WSM with my two kids. It took probably three times longer than it should of, but we had a good time.

Anyway, the new model has a heat shield on the bottom. It just sits on some "fingers" molded into the leg sections. It doesn't look like it's going to do much and I think it's going to clank around during moving. My question is, "Do you think it's worth keeping or should I just remove it?". The reason I ask is that it would be easier to do now instead of after I get it seasoned and cooked on. Thanks is advance.
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Matt, my WSMs don't put enough heat out of the bottom to make a mark on the concrete, but if you're cooking on a wooden deck it might not hurt to leave the heat shield on.
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I would say it's safe to say the heat shield is optional.
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Matt - check out this thread: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...t=51551&page=3
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Thanks Dave!
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Thanks Frank!
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I would leave it on...better safe than sorry!!!!!!
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Once it's on, take some pliers and bend the tabs around the pan. It won't flop around when you move the pit.
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Matt, leave it on brother. Check out this thread from a couple days ago.
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Meat,
Thanks. I'll probably be keeping it on now and I think I'll be moving my WSM's further from the garage from now on. Currently, I always cook with my older WSM in my driveway about 10' from the edge of my garage. I always use a chimney starter and light it about 20' from the garage. Using a guru, I always figured that it was probably safe at that distance, but maybe 20' is a better number. Thanks again.
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Matt, just makes you sick to see something like that happen to anyone. Our local fire department requirement is 10 feet from any structure. Sounds like db had a good fix for the deflector. Have a great weekend!!!!
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