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AKMIMNAK
12-03-2017, 09:40 PM
Hi all,

About to buy my first stick burner and for months have only been considering the ones without a vertical chamber because I don't smoke large quantities and don't want to pay a premium price for the added chamber. But now I've found a great deal on a used cooker that has a vertical chamber. I have no experience with them so.....

If I'm only cooking one hunk o' meat, should I use the horizontal or vertical chamber?

Do cookers with the vertical chamber use a ton more wood because of the extra space to heat, or is it relatively similar fuel usage to maintain once you get your initial temps up?

Can you put a small fire directly in the bottom of the vertical chamber (instead of the main firebox) and use it like a UDS?

What else should I be considering since I have no experience with the vertical offset?

Westx
12-03-2017, 09:42 PM
I have the vertical on my Shirley and did two racks of ribs in it today. Worked great and perfect for that small cook.

Joshw
12-03-2017, 09:43 PM
Verticals are irreplaceable if you want to do sausage. you need the head room.

bonz50
12-03-2017, 10:04 PM
Joshw and Westx both nailed exactly why Iím getting a warming chamber when I order my Shirley


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pjtexas1
12-03-2017, 10:05 PM
Depends... Is the vertical over the FB or at the opposite end? Over the FB is more useful to me.

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AKMIMNAK
12-03-2017, 10:41 PM
Depends... Is the vertical over the FB or at the opposite end? Over the FB is more useful to me.

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It is at the opposite end.

pjtexas1
12-03-2017, 11:04 PM
It is at the opposite end.You can either have 2 different temp zones or make a charcoal basket for the vertical end and cook with direct heat for smaller cooks.

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AKMIMNAK
12-03-2017, 11:06 PM
You can either have 2 different temp zones or make a charcoal basket for the vertical end and cook with direct heat for smaller cooks.

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Great, thanks! Is there a way for a guy with no welding skills to make a basket, or would it be better just to order one online?

pjtexas1
12-03-2017, 11:13 PM
Great, thanks! Is there a way for a guy with no welding skills to make a basket, or would it be better just to order one online?Buy expanded metal sheet at HD or Lowe's. All you need is some good tin snips to make 4 cuts and fold the expanded metal at the cuts. This makes the basket which you can tie the ends with metal wire. For the feet get 4 SS bolts, 8 washers and 8 nuts. Here's one I made a few years ago.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171204/283c16b5a6a02744daab41af372f8f5d.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171204/842768cf0e2b3a0899092a0f38ff4605.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171204/bfd9d2b65f7bf0a3ef71516d8f76a8c9.jpg

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pjtexas1
12-03-2017, 11:27 PM
This should make more sense...
http://smokingmeatforums.com/index.php?threads/i-call-it-the-20-20-charcoal-basket.89796/

SmittyJonz
12-04-2017, 12:23 AM
You can cut expanded with a jigsaw and Use stainless steel zip ties.