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Unread 01-30-2010, 09:33 PM   #1
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Default Pit build - firebox questions

Just got my trailer that I'm gonna build my pit on... and now that I see what I am working with as far as dimensions, it has brought up a question I have..

Can I mount the firebox at a 90° angle to the cooking chamber instead of having an inline box? I hope this is making sense.. here is a rough sketch I did in paint...

The arrows represent what I think the flow would be...

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Why dont you want to put it on the end? Like most are..
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Why dont you want to put it on the end? Like most are..
I've got a couple of different scenarios on how I want to mount things on the trailer, and if I mount the firebox at a 90° , I think it is the best utilization of space...
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Keep in mind that heat rises.. With that box on top like that I would think that heating the bottom food trays will be an issue.. Keep the firebox on the bottom of your pit..
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It will work fine. Just make a baffle at the inlet between the firebox and smoking chamber to eliminate the obvious hot spot where the smoke enters.
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Keep in mind that heat rises.. With that box on top like that I would think that heating the bottom food trays will be an issue.. Keep the firebox on the bottom of your pit..
No, the firebox will be offest to the side...not on top.
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It will work fine. Just make a baffle at the inlet between the firebox and smoking chamber to eliminate the obvious hot spot where the smoke enters.
Thanks... a baffle will be installed no matter which way it is mounted.
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I am no genius, but my judgment says it would work.
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I've seen the same design with the firebox in the middle and on the end like yours. Worked great either way
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No, the firebox will be offest to the side...not on top.
Oh I see should work just fine.. Go for it..
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If I can add to or maybe but hope not hijack. I have a 250 tank grill that i want to add a fire box to. Does anyone have plans on how to do this?
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I think you will need tuning plates or you are going to have one heck of a hot spot just inside the cook chamber. the smoke/heat isn't going to want to make a smooth turn and go through the cook chamber by itself. I think it will want to come in and straight up. Tuning plates will keep the smoke/heat down and allow you to distrubute the smoke/heat more evenly throughout the cooker before going to the exhaust.
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It will work fine. Just make a baffle at the inlet between the firebox and smoking chamber to eliminate the obvious hot spot where the smoke enters.
Exactly what I was thinking!
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I think you will need tuning plates or you are going to have one heck of a hot spot just inside the cook chamber. the smoke/heat isn't going to want to make a smooth turn and go through the cook chamber by itself. I think it will want to come in and straight up. Tuning plates will keep the smoke/heat down and allow you to distrubute the smoke/heat more evenly throughout the cooker before going to the exhaust.
Thanks. Do you think a water pan would work the same way... I have been debating that as well..
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You will learn to adapt to the misgivings of your design, principally the tendency that your smoker will have a hotter spot from of your smoke and heat flow having to slow down from both entering a larger body of containment AND having to make a turn. The turn, be that as it may, does not occur in a strict 90 degree fashion, It will swirl and billow a pit, which will affect the new vapors from coming in before it eventually goes on down.

That being said - we go to the beginning if my statement. Your smoker is your smoker, YOU will be the pitmaster of it, knowing its little quirks and overcoming them. So in essence, regardless of the unorthodox design, you and it will eventually make a good pair. In addition, I don't see anything serious enough to cause a novice to your pit to be throw either. I personally prefer pits with a hot spot.
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