Firebox and RF Plate Questions

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by coachin&smokin, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. I've got the tank and have mocked up a drawing to show how I think the build will go. My main concern is my Firebox. The tank is relatively thin metal. I know it will be hard to hold heat in the chamber. Should I beef up the reverse flow plate by using 1/8” metal or more. Or should I make the fire box larger than 1/3 the chamber size to keep the heat going?

    According to pit calculators I need a 24” tall x 32” wide x 32” deep firebox. Which will be a little more than 1/3 the size of my tank. I thought I would put 8 total intake holes on the firebox, 4 on each side.

    I've included the drawing in an attachment and have saved it as a .pdf and .doc. Please check it out, I welcome any comments.
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  2. danielh

    danielh Meat Mopper

    I'm using 1/4" plate for mine. I think most here will tell you to put at least that so it doesnt twist like a pretzel when it gets hot.
     
  3. I'm conflicted as what to do because I've read where guys have done both. Thinner RF plate due to recovery times and wasting fuel to heat the plate and I've heard folks using thicker plate when they have a thinner cooking chamber. Thinner metal on the plate and cooking chamber could mean less fuel consumption and smaller fires b/c it would get hotter quicker. The flip side could be more fuel b/c of heat loss.

    Due to cost I think I'm going to have to use thinner metal on the plate. I'm guessing the tank itself is 12 gauge steel which is a bit less than 1/8" I think. If I us the thinner plate I plan to reinforce it with angle or flat bar welded underneath it.
     

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