Introducing Mini-Me

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by solaryellow, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    I was inspired by Boykjo's reverse flow when he posted it last year. A couple years ago I gave a friend an old smoker that I had bought about a decade ago. After he built his UDS he wasn't using it anymore and I told him I would be happy to have it back. Well today we were supposed to work on the big smoker but the rain made that a little tough to do so we worked on modifying the other one to make it into a reverse flow like the big smoker. Mini-Me has been on several wheeling trips like Windrock, Tellico and a few other places. It started off life as a CharBroil offset smoker.

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    After removing the chimney, we created a template using the old opening to move it to the other side.

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    Then it got torched out.

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    Laying out our cuts for the RF plate and the patch for where the chimney used to be.

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    Getting everything in place.

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    Making things permanent.

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    Patching the old chimney hole in back.

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    With the grates back in after welding and some paint.

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    Then it was time for a seasoning run with some good ol' Nature Glo lump.

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    Smoke is coming from the right side which is a good sign.

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    The draft working as hoped for.

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    Can't wait to cook on it soon. I am hoping to use more wood than lump with it.

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    Last edited: Jan 23, 2012
  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking good Joel - that looks like fun
     
  3. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sure wish I was talented like that.  Looks like it's going to work our just fine for you.
     
  4. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  nice rebuild
     
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Very cool looks great
     
  6. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    Compared to the big one, it was a piece of cake Gary. Took us 3 hours from start to finish.


    I hope so Al.


    Thanks sprky!
     
  7. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead


    Thanks Jerry!
     
  8. nice work Joel, I never used a reverse flow, are they naturally hotter towards the end with the fire box?
     
  9. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead


    An offset is, but a reverse flow is designed for fairly even temps across the cooking grates. The smoke and heat has to travel from the firebox all the way to the other side of the smoke chamber before going up and back across the smoke chamber to exit the smoker. The RF plate also heats up and provides convection.
     
  10. ok I was just wondering due to the fact that the fire was at one end, you would think even tho there is a baffle there that it would still be hotter, but I guess once you get all of that air movin around it and all the steel gets hot it probably evens out pretty good
     
  11. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    Thinner metal will have that problem which is why you will see most advise to use 1/4" for the RF plate.
     
  12. yeah I noticed how heavy that metal was
     
  13. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    This one is actually fairly thin at 1/8" but the metal was free. What we saw today was temps were within 30* of each other from end to end which is much better than the 100* off it had been. With the big smoker we built, we used 3/8 and it will hold perfectly even temps from one end to the other once it gets up to temp.
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2012
  14. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    Great job... I have that same cooker and was thinking of doing the same... one ? for ya how big of a gap did you leave on the right side for heat and smoke..

                                                         Thanks Dave, have fun and Happy smoking
     
  15. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead


    Thanks Dave. There is a 4" gap between the RF plate and the far right wall of the smoke chamber.
     
  16. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    I'll take 2 a mini me for the backyard and the mid-size me for the front of the house.
     
  17. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks good Joel,they say an idle mind is the devils workshop,I know you don't have anything to worry about when it comes to that!!
     
  18. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead


    I checked with Santa and you are on the naughty list Mark. [​IMG]



    lol I love that you are a "glass is half full" kinda guy Bob. [​IMG]
     
  19. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice job !
     
  20. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice job on the rebuild Joel!

    Looking forward to seeing it in action!
     

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