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Post by MathewsMetalWorks » March 12th, 2019, 7:32 am

Howdy everyone! Just wanted to join and say hello. We've a few offset smokers in the works as well as a whole hog rotisserie we built several years ago (Its more of a "roaster" not smoker). Offsets are 24" pipe 36" long for the chamber, everything else is up in the air. Would like it to be able to function as a charcoal grill also if needed. I'll try to post pictures on here the more We get done. As it stands right now 2 of these will be for sale when finished. We are pipe welders by trade so we like round. Any suggestions are welcome
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Post by Dirtytires » March 12th, 2019, 12:24 pm

Keep the smoker for use as a smoker and build a separate pit for a grill. Too many compromises in trying to make a combination unit so that neither will work efficiently.

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Post by MathewsMetalWorks » March 12th, 2019, 5:30 pm

Dirty tires- thanks for the info ill keep that in mind.Got a few ways I can go on fire box. I have 16" pipe that I can use but I'm afraid it might look small and have to be pretty long against that 24" that is the CC. Wondering if I should buy some 18" or 20" to use for the fire box. Any input?



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Post by Big T » March 12th, 2019, 7:23 pm

Welcome aboard!! I would use the largest size that you have available. It takes a decent amount of room for a fire basket and ash pan if you choose to add one.


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Post by Dirtytires » March 12th, 2019, 8:51 pm

On a grill, bigger is better. Hard to cook a dozen hamburgers if you don't have the grill space.



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Post by MathewsMetalWorks » March 12th, 2019, 9:05 pm

I see a lot of guys on here using a fire basket. Is that pretty standard? Why not just build the fire in the (in my case round) fire box



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Post by Big T » March 12th, 2019, 9:22 pm

At the very least you'll need a rack to keep the fire/coal bed elevated so it can get air for complete combustion and the ash can fall down so it doesn't choke the fire out. A basket makes it a little easier to keep your coals in a pile which helps when you add your net splits.


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Post by Dirtytires » March 12th, 2019, 9:25 pm

A fire basket keeps the logs together so they maintain a coal bed a bit better. If you are using charcoal, it allows for a more even burn as you can use the minion method.

Not a necessity for either tho. I like mine but cooked for years -both wood and charcoal- without one.



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Post by MathewsMetalWorks » March 12th, 2019, 9:54 pm

Seems like a pretty helpful piece for not much extra work



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Post by Dirtytires » March 13th, 2019, 9:41 am

Yes....and a basket is pretty easy to replace when you burn thru it (vs a solid rack/grate that is welded in).



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