Any good Bar-B-chef mods

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by jethro, May 2, 2007.

  1. jethro

    jethro Smoke Blower

    Greetings once again from the Great State of Arizona. I just added a Bar-B-Chef offset to the line up and was wondering about any good moifications that y'all might have done. It seems to hold tempature real well until 'bout the 4 hour mark then drops off and I have a hard time getting temps up. seems like too much ash in the fire box is preventing proper air flow or something. I did use the charcoal ring out of my WSM to keep coals from falling out the slide vent (design flaw). I'm sure using lump would reduce the ash but any other help would be great. Thanks.
  2. ozark rt

    ozark rt Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Hey Jethro you might try looking at the thread linked below for ideas. I pretty much followed the mods listed there for my silver smoker and those helped tremendously. Also using lump charcoal and, for me, a charcoal basket is a must have.
  3. jethro

    jethro Smoke Blower

    Basket idea is a good start. Link doesn't work though . Thanks.
  4. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Gee Jethro it worked for me ... congrats on the Bar-B-Chef offset eddition!
  5. vulcan75001

    vulcan75001 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    That link works ok...
  6. Jethro-
    I have the BBChef offset with the following mods that I added:1) chimney down to grate level using flashing(Home Depot) 2) moved thermo from top off cooker door to grate level, 3) added damper from firebox to cook chamber (Home Depot) 4) charcoal basket -12x24 1/2" corrugated bent to fit firebox(Home Depot) 5) use aluminum foil around firebox and cooking chamber doors for a better air tight seal. And then just practice, practice, practice. Also I use the Minion method of stacking the lump charcoal in the firebox. It seems to work longer. Good Luck.

  7. jethro

    jethro Smoke Blower

    Thanks everyone, I did get the link to work finally, don't know what the problem was. Just a little technologically challenged I guess. Porky I guess mine must be a diffent version than yours, chimney is already lowered near the grate and thermometor is already where you said to put it. Next step is a charcoal basket and try some lump. any of the big box stores have good deals on lump charcoal?
  8. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i dont know of any of the big box stores having deals on lump charcoal but i know Food City is great for cheap cuts of meat and i believe they also sell lump charcoal but am not sure
  9. ozark rt

    ozark rt Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Jethro I've been buying both Cowboy and Royal Oak brand lump at our Lowes. Also our Wal-Mart carries Royal Oak and Kingsford lump. Haven't tried the Kingsford but the Royal Oak seems to be the best I've used so far. Remember that adding a heat deflector or damper will help in distributing the heat more evenly throughout your cooking chamber. Without one I can promise you that your temps will be a lot higher at the fire box end therefore cooking the meat you have loaded on that end way too fast. Good luck & have fun.

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