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post #181 of 204

Thanks! I'll try both and let you know.

post #182 of 204

I'm totally new to smoking and your solution to the chip pan is exactly what I was looking for.  I assumed that I could use foil to do that but it's always nice to have it verified - great ideas here in your post!!

post #183 of 204
Hi guys
Would you mind giving some info on your smoker and how you have it set up.
I have been working with my Master Built 2 door propane smoker and have made some mods to improve the performance.
Let me know,
Nov harm no foul if you are okay with where you are at.
post #184 of 204

I received a Masterbuilt vertical two-door smoker for Christmas. This thread has been invaluable! I modified my smoker to include a base with casters, removable wind shields for the base, a gasket to seal the doors and insulation to reduce heat loss. I also have used a cast iron pan on top of the wood chip tray and I picked up a Maverick 732 thermometer. Oh, and I replaced the regulator with one that has a needle valve.

 

This thread has made my first attempts at smoking - a couple different sets of ribs and a smokerful of pork butts for pulled pork - much more successful.

 

I still have a bit of trouble maintaining a steady temperature in the smoker. It seems like I'm constantly bouncing back between 205 and 250 when I'm shooting for 225, but otherwise, this inexpensive smoker is producing some great smoked foods.

 

Thanks to TT Ace for starting this thread and thanks to everyone who has added their ideas, too. It's all been super helpful.

post #185 of 204

I sure am proud of my Thermo Works dual called SMOKE. It is so fast & nice to set up on the covered porch a& have a refreshment ot choice & be able to monitor changes and has a nice warning on upper & lower temperatures with both probes.

Harold from Grants Pass, OR

post #186 of 204

Mine is two yrs old. I never needed the needle valve mod or the door gasket mod. Mine can be set as low as 100 degrees F and is very stable with the stock controls. The door seals just fine.

I got rid of the stock chip pan. I never used it once. Anyone want to trade for a AMNPS product?  I have a square cast iron chip pan mounted 1/4 inch above the top of the burner. My chip pan has a cast iron cover with vent holes. I use chunks, chips,  or dust. Mostly chunks. I have added a wooden base on casters with a three sided wind shield. 

 

I keep the vent 100% open all the time. Love this smoker!

 

 

post #187 of 204

Snaggletoe, Could you post some pictures of your cast iron chip pan?

post #188 of 204

Cast Iron Chip Pan. This one was given to me. I have no idea what brand or where it even came from??  Works great though. The bolts are drilled and tapped for any needed height adjustments. These photos where taken when the smoker was brand new.

 

 

 

post #189 of 204

That looks great, But why would you need the lid? My MGS is 44 inch and I have 2 burners that are tubes like on a regular gas grill, Wish I had just the 1 burner like yours. 

post #190 of 204
Yeah, I have the two burner also. The cast iron pan was the first thing I added, I haven't found the sweet spot for it yet. I have purchased some Nomax felt from Amazon and some foil backed insulation from Lowe's. I'm not sure what to do with the water pan and it's rack. I have some foil wrapped bricks I've been putting on a lower rack. If I was to leave the smoker in the same place, I'd add some foiled bricks in the bottom also.

Still not comfy with it yet.

JD
post #191 of 204
Snaggletoe,
My smoker looks like the same model as mine.
Mine is only about 6 months old.
I can't hold Temps that low without getting flame blowout.
I have a wind skirt identical to yours.
Any ideas?
post #192 of 204
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Originally Posted by Smoker21 View Post

Yeah, I have the two burner also. The cast iron pan was the first thing I added, I haven't found the sweet spot for it yet. I have purchased some Nomax felt from Amazon and some foil backed insulation from Lowe's. I'm not sure what to do with the water pan and it's rack. I have some foil wrapped bricks I've been putting on a lower rack. If I was to leave the smoker in the same place, I'd add some foiled bricks in the bottom also.

Still not comfy with it yet.

JD


​I thought looking at your pictures that it looks like you have 1 burner with that round shield under your pan, Mine is burners are more open.

post #193 of 204
Picture taken just before 2nd burn.


Nope. Two controls for two burners. One burner would be easier to mod, but we'll figure it out. 😏

JD
post #194 of 204
I still need to do something about the cheap 💩 wheels. I thinking that making a dolly with sides and strapping the smoker down to it.

What did everyone else do?



JD
post #195 of 204
Jimmy1957,

I try to get you some better pictures of the burners later.

JD
post #196 of 204

jimmy1957

You probably wouldn't need the lid.

I think, in some perverse way it helps to reduce flare ups, keeps juices off the wood, helps moderate temp, or just IS because that's how it was given to me - which all contribute to my enjoyment of smoking. If I ever have to replace it,  I will use an old cast iron skillet without a lid.

 

r2Builders

I think I just got real lucky with mine. I read about lots of issues with temp control. Mine just worked great right out of the box.

 

Three inch diameter casters on mine because that's what I had kickin around.

 

Some recent smokes.

 

Bacon  

 

 

 

 

Venison Summer Sausage

 

 

post #197 of 204
Snaggletoe,

Lookin great!!!

Some recent smokes.

BTW, what did you do to improve the 💩 Wheels??

JD
post #198 of 204
Jimmy1957,
Here's some pics.

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​I thought looking at your pictures that it looks like you have 1 burner with that round shield under your pan, Mine is burners are more open.
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JD
post #199 of 204

Thanks for the pictures, I made a dolly to put my smoker on, Had the wood laying in my workshop and bought the wheels for $3 at and auction, Took the wheels off that came with the smoker then I bolted the smoker to the dolly.

post #200 of 204
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Originally Posted by jimmy1957 View Post

Thanks for the pictures, I made a dolly to put my smoker on, Had the wood laying in my workshop and bought the wheels for $3 at and auction, Took the wheels off that came with the smoker then I bolted the smoker to the dolly.
I have a piece of 3/4" plywood that's going the cause. That and maybe to shore up the legs a bit.

JD
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