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hello from Minnesota

Post by Dune33 » November 11th, 2018, 4:19 pm

hello from Minnesota,

it was 2 degrees out yesterday morning yuck! I got the smoker bug building a 120 gallon and I have been using the calculator and I just put the FB on today and is sure looks big 24x24x18, what do you guys think?

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Re: hello from Minnesota

Post by Dirtytires » November 11th, 2018, 6:13 pm

Trust the calculator.....




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Post by Big T » November 11th, 2018, 8:24 pm

:welcome: :yth:


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Re: hello from Minnesota

Post by Chromeski » November 11th, 2018, 10:28 pm

It's the shape of the tank that makes the firebox look big. I'm guessing you double checked your numbers before you started welding.



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Re: hello from Minnesota

Post by Pete Mazz » November 12th, 2018, 4:39 am

:welcome: :yth:

Slightly big but no problem .


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Re: hello from Minnesota

Post by Dune33 » November 12th, 2018, 6:08 am

thanks guys,
the calculator says 112% and I will go with that, yes the fat tank makes the FB look big, the tank was free and the trailer is part of an old tow behind cherry picker,
one thing I would like to use the smoker for is a large BBQ grill for burgers and brats, will the heat from the FB work or do I need to add a charcoal pan to the CC?

thanks
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Re: hello from Minnesota

Post by Dirtytires » November 12th, 2018, 10:25 am

This comes up a lot as guys want a do-everything unit. A smoker is sealed tight for low and slow cooking where as a grill cooks hot with lots of airflow. Trying to put it all in one means a compromise on both ends and lots of un-happy cooks. Most of the big-box pre-fab smokers are of this design and are mediocre at best.

Highly suggest a separate unit. You will be happier...and besides, who wants ash in the cook chamber?



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Post by towtruck » November 12th, 2018, 10:41 am

Dune33 wrote:
November 12th, 2018, 6:08 am
thanks guys,
the calculator says 112% and I will go with that, yes the fat tank makes the FB look big, the tank was free and the trailer is part of an old tow behind cherry picker,
one thing I would like to use the smoker for is a large BBQ grill for burgers and brats, will the heat from the FB work or do I need to add a charcoal pan to the CC?

thanks
Dune
It will be a compromise at best to make it do both. I have seen people use charcoal on top of the bypass plate on a reverse flow but you wont have a way to control the grate height over the fire. I am fighting that right now with a smoker that I converted back to a bbq. I'm using the bypass plate to hold charcoal and am running into overheating issues because I cannot lower the coals or raise the grates. Even if you have good management of air intake you need to be able to get the food away from the coals when cooking on it. I'm going to cut the bp out next and put in a lower charcoal grate but I have a hunch I will still fight it.



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