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Vertical smoker prototype

Post by MattJ » May 30th, 2018, 10:02 pm

Finishing up an uninsulated vertical. It is 10 gauge 24x26x36. I normally do just a water pan or a sterl plate as heat diverter. This time I'm trying a 10 gauge plate with an opening similar to the cc to WC opening in Frank's mack build. I'm sure it has already been done. Any negatives?

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Re: Vertical smoker prototype

Post by Big T » May 30th, 2018, 10:09 pm

It will work fine but I believe that you would still need a diverter over the opening.
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Re: Vertical smoker prototype

Post by MattJ » May 30th, 2018, 10:49 pm

Big T wrote:It will work fine but I believe that you would still need a diverter over the opening.
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I'm putting a 10 gauge plate/diverter over the opening. May put sides on it so it could be used as a water pan if I choose

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Re: Vertical smoker prototype

Post by Gary_G » May 31st, 2018, 9:29 pm

MattJ wrote:
Big T wrote:It will work fine but I believe that you would still need a diverter over the opening.
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I'm putting a 10 gauge plate/diverter over the opening. May put sides on it so it could be used as a water pan if I choose

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Great looking build... is that a charcoal basket in the bottom, kind of like a UDS cabinet ??

I use a water pan in my GF vertical cabinet sometimes, and find that really helps with grease management, but any water in a pan can be a real mess if trailering. Watch for grease to collect along the sides or corners of the cabinet if it is not sitting perfectly level. A diverter lip all the way around the bottom (and door) may help the grease drip from the sides into the water/grease pan and keep it away from that FB opening.

One word of caution related to grease management INSIDE the cabinet... I have a grease slide that drains to the outside, but it is close to my heat transfer tube. I measured the temps on the grease slide and noticed it can go over 350F during the "full pull" with lots of cold meat inside or after opening the door with the call for more heat (using a stoker fan)... if the water/drip pan gets over 212 F , it will eventually boil off, and if it gets past 325 or so with grease collecting in the pan, you may get some stanky smoke smell, or worse, a grease fire.


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Re: Vertical smoker prototype

Post by MattJ » May 31st, 2018, 9:48 pm

Yes that is a charcoal basket. Grease fires are definitely a concern.

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Re: Vertical smoker prototype

Post by Rodcrafter » June 1st, 2018, 6:03 am

I like what you said about putting sides on the diverter/pan because it will be great to catch grease. I did the same thing but mine is 1/4" and it catches a lot of grease.


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Re: Vertical smoker prototype

Post by MattJ » June 1st, 2018, 10:21 pm

1st test cook tomorrow. Will try to get some q view

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Re: Vertical smoker prototype

Post by MattJ » June 2nd, 2018, 11:55 am

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Re: Vertical smoker prototype

Post by MattJ » June 2nd, 2018, 2:12 pm

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Re: Vertical smoker prototype

Post by Rodcrafter » June 2nd, 2018, 2:44 pm

Oh yeah


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Re: Vertical smoker prototype

Post by Big T » June 2nd, 2018, 10:44 pm

:beer: :needfood:


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Re: Vertical smoker prototype

Post by ajfoxy » June 3rd, 2018, 2:56 am

Nice! :beer: :needfood: :beer: :needfood: :beer:


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