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Last inquiry everyone. Seems like I need deflectors at the bottom for retaining heat. I don't know what I can get other than the convection pkate from horizon. A few people on here ordered the 16 size but didn't reporton how it fits in the trailmaster. I am not very handy so I'd like to just get something to stick on the lower grates in the cooking chamber just to turn my trailmaster into a more solid smoker. What exactly is a deflector and why do I even want this for my tmle?
a deflector can be anything that helps to deflect the heat and smoke coming into the cooking chamber. You want to deflect it down and toward the left side since without assistance as heat enters the cooking chamber from the firebox it rises and goes straight to the top of the cooking chamber and is drawn across the top of the chamber to the draw from the smoke stack on the left which is also at the top. That is all good and fine if you are cooking at the top of the chamber....but you are not.... you are cooking at grate level. So the idea is the deflector helps to force the heat and smoke down and to the left to give you better temp and smoke distribution in the chamber. Same idea with lowering the draw for the smoke stack...helps pull the heat and smoke down toward the grate. I used an old broiler plate that I bolted to a piece of steel and bent up at a 45 degree angle. works for me and was almost free.
I just purchased a small piece of sheet metal from Home Depot and cut it to fit. The idea is to deflect the radiant heat, so you don't end up cooking one side of our meat unevenly, and it helps deflect some of that direct heat energy close to the firebox. You'll still have a little hot spot for the right 6" or so, but it's much more even with the deflector.
You sure about this galvanized thing? I thought you only had to look out for these fumes when dealing with high heats...i.e. welding the stuff. Like 1000+ degrees?? I very much doubt 225 degrees is enough to melt the zinc. I suppose it's better safe than sorry tho....but I am just curious.
X2 on the above. Just not worth the risk. We know that at a certain point of being heated up, there will be gases present and sickness is caused by those gases, so, not worth the risk.
Hi, I'm new to the forums and was just doing research and a lot of reading. I think I'm going with the trail master. I seen the mods for this smoker and was looking at the deflector plate I had a quick question and was wondering what size holes are on the horizon plate I can make this for a lot cheaper then $60 so any help would be much appreciated. Also is it better if the plate is above the firebox opening with an angle or no angle. Thanks