Space between tuning plates and lower rack

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by lakewino69, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. lakewino69

    lakewino69 Newbie

    I am making progress on building trailer mount smoker, and need some advice. Still haven't quite decided, but think I'm leaning toward hybrid design. Either way, i need to figure out the best spacing between tuning plate/baffle and the lower rack. I have read everything from 2" to 10". I'm hoping to post some pics today, if this sorry ISP cooperates. Thanks for any suggestions
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    My baffle/plate is angled downward a bit from both sides but my bottom grate sits right on it the grate is 1x1 square tubing with the expanded metal mounted to the top side
  3. jamesb

    jamesb Smoking Fanatic

    As much distance as you can get and still have decent airflow below the plate. Too close the the bottom rack and you going to get a lot of radiant heat from the plate and will need to rotate the meat. My reverse flow pit has about 6" between plate and grate and I wish there was a little more distance.
  4. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I have to agree with James here on the radiant heat thing...
    I have that problem with my horizontal smoker but I don't have the option of making the distance any more than it is...

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