Smoker Idea

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by figuredmeout, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. What are everyone's thoughts on building the CC out of aluminum building the FB out of steel and bolting them together?
  2. radioguy

    radioguy Smoking Fanatic

    Steel and aluminum have very different thermal properties so you have to take that into account. The connection between the two would have to be airtight yet allow for differing rates of expansion. My 2 cents.

  3. That would be difficult.  I was thinking slotted bolt holes and gasket like you would seal the CC door with. I'm feel the FB would get too hot to build it out of aluminum. It is just an idea I had. 
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you have a grease fire, the aluminum will melt and maybe burn....
  5. How the aluminum would hold up to the extreme temperatures is something I was wonder about. I know it has a lower melping point then steel.  Think i'll stick with all steel builds 
  6. cisweld

    cisweld Fire Starter

    This is not a great Idea.... aluminum melts at 1300 degrees.... the connecting walls for the FB and CC will reach from 1200 to 1800 depending on the fire... Aluminum is a hell of a heat conductor... it will grab your heat and through it right out to the outside and cause it to be all over the place with heat temps.. If you were looking at sticking a very thick piece inside the CC chamber it would even out the heat very well inside.......

    This is not something I would ever try myself as I see nothing but problems with this.... Good luck
  7. I was just curious because I work at a sign company and fab almost everything out of aluminum but sounds like nothing but headaches. Thanks

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