Damper needed or not needed for firebox exit into smoking vessel?

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by dowquest, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. dowquest

    dowquest Fire Starter

    Hello,

    I'm trying to determine the benefit / need for a damper between the firebox and smoking chamber. I've seen them built both ways, so....

    I am building a smoker now, and wanted to get some advice before I get past that stage. Mine will be a under fire box? where my firebox is a pair of propane tanks welded together, underneath a large compressor tank, running 2 - 4" pipes between, and having a dispersing plate in the bottom of the smoking chamber to even out the heat coming up.

    Thanks in advance.

    Jerry
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2010
  2. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Its not going to hurt anything at all by having a damper. In all honesty, you want your fire to be drafting correctly so that you are making the right smoke. But, if it happened to get hot on ya, with a damper you could at least shut it down so you dont nuc your food.

    I would think that it would be nice to have.
     

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